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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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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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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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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 ...
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Pdf output looks different when exported from InDesign vs CorelDraw?

I have created a design in CorelDraw. While publishing it to PDF, it gets washed out. That might be due to some color management issue. Now, when I'm create the same design in InDesign the PDF ...
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PDF gridlines only viewable when viewing via web [duplicate]

I have a PDF file that shows grid-lines, but only when viewing it in Firefox (when I open the PDF on my computer, or in Chrome, I see no grid-lines). Does anybody know how to remove the grid-lines ...
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What is the best page size, in pixels, for a PDF to be read on iPhone?

I want to design an instruction manual to be read on an iPhone and maybe Android devices. I know that the iPhone screen width is 320 pixels. What would the best page size be? What is the best height? ...
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How to copy Vietnamese text from a PDF and paste it into an InDesign document, keeping the special characters?

I'm trying to copy text from a Vietnamese language PDF into inDesign and many characters are incorrectly copied. For example, this is the correct text: PHỞ ÐẶC BIỆT This is what it's pasted as: ...
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Create pdf with external images

I wan't to create a pdf ready for print with an external logo file so that we can easily print many versions of the same pdf with different logos. Is anyone aware of any way you can keep an image ...
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How do I automatically add a margin to every even page?

I'm hoping this is the best community for this - Whilst not directly graphical, I'm thinking it is related to a print option in Adobe Acrobat, but, I can't seem to find it. I have a bunch of bank ...
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When I convert a PDF to open it in Adobe Illustrator, why are the objects in my file broken up in to many pieces?

I have a PDF file and when I turn it into an Illustrator CS5 file, the image breaks into pieces and there are spaces between the pieces. Why is this happening and how can I fix it?
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Export Artboards to separate PDFs (Illustrator)

I was wondering if there's a way in Illustrator CC to export artworks containing multiple artboards, to multiple single-paged .pdf files, as Illustrator already does for images like .jpg files. EDIT: ...
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inDesign: how to exclude bleed area altogether when exporting to PDF

When exporting to PDF, I wish to eliminate entirely the bleed area. Is it possible to do so in inDesign?
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InDesign changes document dimensions when exporting to PDF

I've been sent an inDesign document with many pages. Format: A4 landscape. Most of the pages are double (two landscape A4 pages one next to the other) but some are triple (three A4 pages one next to ...
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Exporting from a pdf to an image creates jaggies

we have a PDF file with our company logo and header etc - and I'm trying to export to insert into Word. Using Adobe Acrobat, I save it to a jpeg, using highest quality and DPI600. The file is around ...
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how to print saddle stitch booklet from a Indesign book file?

I was wondering if anyone knows how to print saddle stitch booklet from Book File? I know how to do it from normal Indesign file. However, book file is different since there are so many different ...
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Adobe Illustrator Vector colors look completely different when opened on another computer

I have sent a file to a client which was saved in CMYK colors. They opened the file and the colors are nothing like the original design. Any ideas what is happening here? Any help is much appreciated. ...
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How do I create and check if a PDF is in X/1-a format?

I've created PDF files with Photoshop, then combined them to create a 16 page PDF. Photoshop's colour profile is set to SWOP (Newsprint), with Total Ink Limit set to 235%. The file will be printed ...
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Export of Indesign page thumbnails to PDF xmp metadata

This is a technical question about InDesign/PDF XMP metadata. I'm trying to build a simple document indexer in PHP, making use of XMP information in the files indexed; i.e. PDF:s exported from ...
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TTF character to vector

I'm trying to use a single character from the font Killigrew as a symbol in .svg or .jpg format on my website. However, the .ttf file is formatted incorrectly, so any image program I try to insert ...
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Losing outlined text from inDesign to JPG

Ok ... I designed a book cover in Adobe InDesign. The book is an anthology, Hellfire Lounge #4 ... The subtile "Refelections of Evil" is typed in InDesign, turned into layers. Yellow fill, no outline. ...
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The best PDF pre-set/standard for print?

I am curious to know if there is a PDF version that is preferred by most printing studios? I remember being told that PDF/X1a is the format to use when preparing design/artwork for print. But, I ...
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Is it standard to save Photoshop Editing capabilities for PDF?

Is it poor judgement to preserve photoshop editing capabilities if creating a PDF for a client? I'm wondering if it comes across as unprofessional or whether it might be a courtesy to save the ...