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Why is my PDF size from my InDesign Export still large?

I'm doing class project that is a four-page, seven-image document with very little text. The project must be submitted as a PDF under 300 KB. However, when I export the document under the smallest ...
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What are these white outlines in patterns in the .pdf I exported from Illustrator?

I am using pattern in illustrator in separated layer of course and some text areas and line texts in another layer... when I save the file to a PDF format I got a very bad result as seen as the ...
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How to export an InDesign file to PDF that is going to be spiral bound

Ok so I designed a 106 page cookbook that is going to be spiral bounded. I created my InDesign document with a 3mm bleed and facing pages. On some pages there is an image that is stretched between ...
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Can we export an HTML Page to a PDF without disturbing the links?

I am looking to covert a HTML page to a PDF and wanted to have some expert advices. The sample of the HTML page is here www.srishtiindia.com/teamlease
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Why won't a font allow embedding in a .pdf? Will it print right anyway?

When I export to PDF from InDesign I keep getting this error message: "This font could not be embedded due to licensing...The PDF will not be created if the glyphs cannot be represented." Yet the ...
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Importing PDFs created in inDesign back into inDesign discards top and right margin space

this has been bothering me for a while and I can't be the only one. Somehow, I haven't found anything researching. So I create a very simple inDesign document for a letterhead, with standard margins. ...
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Print catalogs: should pdf version have selectable, searchable text? Even if ten pages?

I do in-house graphic design for a retail store. We outsource the production of our short catalog-flyers, roughly ten facing pages and two covers. Among my duties is to maintain the ecommerce side of ...
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How do I do these certain things in Adobe InDesign CS5.5?

Disclaimer: I'm fairly new at this, I haven't gone to school for it or anything, I'm just trying to teach myself this stuff as I go along, one piece at a time, so please, to the greatest extent ...
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Does PDF file scale the line width?

I'm drawing using Inkscape on Linux. At the end I'll save the file as PDF and the figure will be used in many kinds of reports, so I'll insert the PDF file (in LaTeX) with different dimensions. ...
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Quality loss when PDF opened in Preview

I just saved an .ai file as a .pdf and opened it afterwards to check size and quality. This is when I noticed the saved file was lower in both color and resolution, than the original .ai file. After ...
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How do I define the print size of an InDesign document that has “Intent: Web”?

I have a 70-page InDesign document - a product catalog - that has been made with "Intent: Web" and dimensions 1600 x 900 pixels. The main target for the document is screen, but we do also want to ...
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Auto-link phone numbers in a pdf file

In Adobe Acrobat, you can process a document using the "Create Links from URLs" function to automatically detect email and web links in a pdf file and make them live links. I want to do the same ...
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Enable flash content in interactive pdf

When exporting my indesign file to an interactive pdf i get the following problem: I open the pdf, when there is flash content , i can set the properties for it to be visible when the page is opened ...
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Why does my PSD file contain only one layer after saving a project from Photoshop?

I have saved a brochure for print and because of the file size issues I saved my original Photoshop file as a PDF without Photoshop editing capabilities. Then I applied some changes and saved as ...
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Adobe Acrobat Pro X can't use font for text field, which Indesign 6 can

I've exported an InDesign 6 (on Mac OSX) file to PDF (not for print, but for interactive), the PDF file has embedded several subfonts of Helvetice Neue already used in the InDesign 6 (on Mac OSX) ...
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Background Video in PDF with In-Design

I really want to create a pdf whereby the screens have some graphical elements overlaid onto a video background. I've found how to add video and this seems fine however I cannot see how to get ...
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Are CMYK color profiles used when printing PDF files?

I have a PDF file, where all colors are in CMYK. Are CMYK color profiles used when printing this PDF file? There is a color profile on the PDF file, and then there is a color profile for the ...
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Photoshop PSD to PDF: Best Program/Settings

So I purchased a CV template, which came as a multi layered PSD file, which I edited in Photoshop and now want to convert/save as PDF. Photoshop has this option, but I am not sure what are the best ...
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Print ready billboard design example

I made one simple example of print ready billboard design (4m x 3m) and I have some questions about it. 1.) In this example I used .jpg picture 7644x5000 and 96 dpi. I learned that for billboard in ...
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Transparency issue in PDF [High Quality Print]

I'm about to send some artwork to print and noticed on the logo which has some transparency, displays a faint outline around each triangle. The artwork was designed in Illustrator CS5 (CMYK), saved ...
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PDF Ads Blurry in InDesign

I am creating a large book in InDesign. Part of the book is composed of PDF ads that have been provided to me. Every time I place these PDF ads in InDesign they're blurry. I have tried saving them as ...
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Typed text on PDF disappears when imported to Indesign CS5.5

I have several PDFs which have been edited using the type tool and/or the PDF was set up as a form. When I import into Indesign some typed text is visible but not all. That is, in a 4 page document I ...
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Illustrator - Document Raster Effect Settings - no effect to PDF file size

I had a little research, but I can't explain this little anomaly I have here. When I save a PDF with Document Raster Effect turned to 72 dpi it will have the same size as the file when I switch ...
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How to export layers to pages of a pdf file in Photoshop CS5

I need to save each layer of my psd document as a page in a multi-page PDF file (or as a single-page PDF file each as I can combine them later). File->save as->PDF works for 1 layer at a time, but I ...
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How to reduce the number of MB in a pdf file using Illustrator CC?

I'm creating a postcard (6 X 4 in) using Adobe Illustrator CC. When attempting to upload it to the printing company, the .pdf file is too large to upload. They will only accept 12MB. I don't know how ...
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How to make text behave as a hyperlink in PDF exported from Adobe InDesign 5.5

I have a long text with some hyperlinks in it. All hyperlinks except of one are automaticaly recognised and behave in PDF as hyperlink. One not. How to do it manually?
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How can I get an EPS or PDF to open in Illustrator?

Just downloaded some vector graphics from Shutterstock for my landscape design project in Illustrator. When I open the document I see a blank sheet so how do I get the downloaded file (PDF or EPS) ...
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How do I save a vector image as a pdf at a fixed size?

I have made my drawings into vector images using inkscape but now they are all a different scale (massive images). I need to be able to scale them accurately could anyone give me any pointers? I want ...
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CorelDraw X6 Shadow problem when Exporting to pdf

I have the problem with CoralDraw X6 when converting to pdf. Not Showing shadows. please help......
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Changing images on roll over in InDesign

I want to make an interactive PDF in InDesign CC and here I want an image to change into another image when rolling over it. When I roll off, I want the first image to appear again and the second to ...
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Solidworks: Is it possible to export assembly as vector PDF file? (or EPS?)

I'm relatively new to solidworks and am looking to export my work in the highest possible quality for inclusion in a report (which will ultimately be a PDF). My understanding is that Solidworks is ...
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Converting PDF from RGB to CMYK with freeware or OSS

I print marketing regularly at my job, and everything is sent to us as PDFs. The problem is, the color profile is always set to RGB, and the resulting prints look terrible and don't match the colors ...
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importing a multipage PDF file into InDesign CC

When I place a multipage pdf file into InDesign CC, the pages go outside of my document settings, making this function useless. What do I have to do to make the placed pdf pages go within my ...
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Boxes appearing in online PDF [duplicate]

I work for a magazine and every so often we get ads (PDF format) that run through the pre-flight process with no errors. I will export a PDF with the ads out of InDesign and these boxes appear. This ...
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Problem with importing PDF to CorelDraw x4 (will appear in reversed colours)

I am importing PDF into a CorelDrawx4 and unfortunately the image (two-colored) will appear in reversed colors. Does anybody have the same problem and have any suggestions how to solve this ...
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Make A3 sheet PDF of multiple page A4 inDesign doc

I need to output A3 PDF sheets with multiple A4 pages from Indesign CS5 (So an editor can mark up by hand, the order of many small text based labels for an exhibition). Tried making a postscript but ...
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Animated slides conversion into static PDF

For all of you, people who make ppt slides with animations like: Showing bullet points one by one Showing images one by one or zooming a plot Showing a border on an active element Internal ...
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Combining Multiple PDF Files with different numbers of pages

We have a folder with around 4000 PDF files in it. We are merging these and arranging them 2 up to print on SRA3. The issue we have hit is that some of the PDF files only contain 3 pages, some ...
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Automatically Change Security For Multiple PDF's In Acrobat 9 Pro

I'm using Acrobat 9 Pro and i have like 100+ .pdf files which i need to add security settings to them. I saw tutorials for Acrobat X Pro but nothing for 9 Pro. Is there any way to do this ...
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How to open a multiple page PDF file as artboards in Illustrator CS6

I'm trying to open a PDF file with 7 pages and need to adjust each page in Illustrator CS6. How do I open the PDF file in one single AI files with all artboards within it?
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Illustrator:Why does the PDF version of my file show content I already deleted on the AI file?

I had a few random lines on my illustrator file so i Decided to delete them. Now: When I open this file on illustrator, the lines are gone - perfect. But when I saved this exact file as a PDF, then ...
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Printing Single Label of PDF Forms

I've made a PDF with 4 fields to be filled out by non-computer savvy people. Filling them out is no big deal, but we want to be able to print them onto mailing labels individually. Meaning, we're not ...
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Colour difference between Ai file print and PDF file print

I am launching an online stationery business whereby I design stationery for clients who can print the products in their home or at a printers (My remote locate means that I am unable to offer the ...
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Detecting Spot Colors

How do I find whether or not spot colors have been used in a PDF?
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Recognize all table cells

I opened a PDF file in illustrator, and I noticed that it only created objects for some of the cells, example I tried using using a trace, but I cannot seem to select the problem cells. How can I ...
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Is there any way I can make an InDesign text box editable in Publisher?

I make tons of single-sheets that our sales team uses. But some like to change the wording a little for each account separately, so I don't want them to have to come to me every time they want to ...
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My PDF shows up with strange colors when uploaded onto a website

I have a reduced-size PDF that looks completely normal on the desktop, but when placed on a website the bottom half of the PDF has a pinkish color over it, and makes some items in the PDF have light ...
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Printing a 11x17 booklet [closed]

So I am trying to take an inDesign file that takes one page of a document and splits it onto two pages of a 11x17 booklet. For example a landscape orientation image that has a bleed from one page to ...
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InDesign: Printing as booklet messes up colours

Graphics were designed in Illustrator CS3 and "placed" in InDesign CS3. When I use the print booklet option to print to PDF, the pages are correctly put in the print spread order, but my some of my ...
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Is there any way to use SVG as a page definition medium?

Can an SVG file be used to define a page the way PS or PDF might? My intention is to convert a rather huge number of 1-frame SWF files that have an unchangeable frame size ( i e, they look like ...