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.AI vectors and text rendering wrong when PDF exported from InDesign

I have an InDesign file which has a placed logo linking to an .AI file. The logo looks absolutely fine in InDesign. I also have some large text using the font Open Sans which looks great in InDesign. ...
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What causes PDF file size to increase when saving over from Illustrator?

I have a simple ad that I built in Illustrator CC with one linked image. The file size of the AI file is 5.8MB, when I export to PDF (2001 with Printer Marks and Bleeds) the file size increases ...
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Why is my PDF displaying documents at 72dpi?

I created a file in Photoshop with a resolution of 300ppi. However, my PDF keeps producing a file that consists of what is much smaller and more like a 72dpi image. I triple checked my resolution ...
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How can I convert a single PDF into a multiple-page PDF in InDesign?

My company creates large blueprint-type files that our customers can print at home on standard letter size paper and then assemble into the whole. We currently do this by creating a file in ...
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Modifying plain PDF to introduce interactive elements

I have a 70 page PDF that I would like to modify to make elements interactive. For instance I would like to intruduce a contents page that links to other pages and links within the rest of the ...
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How to combine (partially scanned handwritten) comments from multiple sources into the original pdf?

When asking colleagues for feedback on a PDF, some of them prefer adding hand-written comments on its printout instead of using the pdf comment functions of acrobat/reader, and send me the scan ...
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Colours in Illustrator CC are not the same as in other software

I've got a problem with Adobe Illustrator CC. The fact is that I create a design just with black and red colour (#EC0000). But then, when I save this document in PDF or when I export it to JPEG, and ...
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Character Spacing in Editable PDFs

I am creating editable PDFs in Acrobat X (I also have Acrobat XI). However, I am designing wedding envelopes and wish to set character spacing to give a more elegant look. Line spacing etc are ...
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Why is pdf created from indesign file with just jpg smaller than size of jpg

Why is pdf created from indesign file with just jpg smaller than size of jpg. My indesign file is simply an A1 size document, I add a 9mb (4000 x 3000) jpeg to the indesign file but when I export the ...
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Starburst/Stroke Messing Up on Export

Having some issues exporting a file in Illustrator. I'm using a dashed stroke for the starburst effect and it gets all weird on me when I export it to pdf. If I export to png then I'm left with ...
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Does there exists bitmap formats with spot color support?

Does there exists a bitmap image formats which support spot colors, andwhich can be used in a pdf file? It looks like neither tiff, jpg and png don't support spot colors. This might sound like an odd ...
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How to remove layers from PDF file in acrobat?

I have large techical drawing PDF with a lot of layers. But i need only three of these to open in Illustrator. How to delete layers from layer panel in Acrobat Pro XI?
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Large format pdf - can't save?

So I am building a 10' x 2' 300dpi sign for my buddies restaurant. I have never prepared anything that large for print (I'm mostly a web developer). I have my freaking huge psd, 120in by 24in, 300dpi, ...
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Better way to save photos in InDesign so that they print in higher quality when turned into PDF's?

I create my newsletter in InDesign, and then save it as a PDF. I typically print a few copies from Adobe Reader, but no matter how high quality I set the printer at, my photos always look horrible and ...
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What is the best platform for displaying interactive PDFs on a tablet?

We want to produce a series of interactive PDFs which will be viewed on iPads by our employees in a retail environment (in 350+ locations in our region). We are looking for a delivery platform which ...
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Why does CorelDraw X4 crash when I publish to PDF? [closed]

I am trying to publish to PDF and if I select prepress, document distribution or anything with a higher resolution than archival, the program crashes before the PDF is made. Why?
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How can you export an Inkscape SVG file to a PDF and maintain the integrity of the image?

I've been having a devil of a time getting Inkscape to export PDFs cleanly and there don't seem to be very many answers out there on all the various wikis and tutorials. In particular, transparencies ...
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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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Indesign always exports previous version of document

So there's this weird thing happening. I exported a file to pdf with Indesign, then a few days later made some changes to the indesign file and tried to export again. Yet, when I check the 'new' pdf, ...
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Web Site Page Export

I am creating a web site. I originally had it set up in layer comps for different pages. I need to be able to export a PDF of the entire site, but with each page being correctly cropped (not all the ...
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Compress large PDF files in Illustrator

I am an unexperienced Illustrator user, so please bear with me if my question is very stupid: I have a large PDF file (5 MB+) [1] which is generated from a large dataset. The amount of details in the ...
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Printing multi-page PDF with different copies of each page in Acrobat

I have a PDF with 20-30 pages. I want to print them but with different numbers of copies for each page. Right now I'm using Acrobat Reader. I know I can do this manually by selecting the page in the ...
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Shrink (not compress) a PDF file using free software

After designing a document in Adobe Fireworks (I know, not made for it, but hey, legally buying software is expensive) I am able to export it to a PDF. The problem is that I designed it at 300 DPI, ...
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Saving Multiple Pages as PDF in Photoshop

How to save Multiple pages as a single Portable Document Format document in Photoshop.
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Export: Copy text from pdf without line breaks

There are some PDF out in the wild where every line of text seems to be hardcoded so when I copy a text block everything comes with it: Line breaks and even "-" separators. My questions is: How do I ...
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indesign: placed vector graphics rasterized when exported to swf

Using Indesign CS4, I "place" PDF files (I've also tried saving them as Illustrator files). It works well, and when I export as a PDF, they look perfect. When I export to SWF though, it rasterizes ...
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Fonts: Exporting from Indesign

How can I preserve font characteristics when exporting from InDesign? When I export from InDesign using settings such as these: my text comes out very clunky on the generated pdf. The colors ...
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Keeping Margin Space from a PDF when Editing in Photoshop [duplicate]

I am trying to edit a PDF in Photoshop. I want to keep the white margins on the page, but each time I pull the PDF into Photoshop, it automatically crops to the size of the image on the page. I ...
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‘Save as optimized PDF’ in Acrobat breaks hyperlinks created in InDesign

I'm creating a portfolio PDF in InDesign; the InDesign file contains some hyperlinks (some web links and a couple of email addresses, plus some text anchors for in-document navigation). The best ...
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How to calculate map distances from scale

I have this PDF image of a map with a scale of 1:300. How do I obtain the real length of the object precisely, since it can be zoomed in and out? Let's just say that I want to calculate the length of ...
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Resolution for a door size poster [duplicate]

I have to design a door sized poster, I am doing it in Coreldraw software with colour mode checked to CMYK. What should be the resolution for this artwork?
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Printing Booklet in Acrobat

Trying to print a booklet with finish size: 5.5"H x 4.25"W. The Acrobat PDF file is in single pages with bleed. What's the best way to print this?
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Why does Illustrator sometimes save as PDF and other times it keeps it as an AI file?

I create PDF files from my Adobe Illustrator files by saving as. I would prefer it to create the pdf file and retain the AI file but sometimes it converts the ai file to a pdf. Not all the time, only ...
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File Size issue when exporting from Word 2013 to PDF

First off I hope I am posting this in the right community. If there is a more appropriate place please let me know. My problem is this: I regularly generate PDF files from Word documents which ...
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Save image from PDF as smaller PDF

Let's say I have a 8.5x11 inch full page PDF but in the center of it I have an image that I scanned that is only 3x2 inches. What's the best way to get that imaged saved as a smaller sized PDF? I ...
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How to store paper medium (not size) in a PDF?

Our documents are intended to be printed on a pre-printed form that our printer has set up as different paper medium. Forgetting to chose that is obviously rather annoying, but changing the printer's ...
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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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Preparing PDF file for black and white offset newspaper print

The print shop is asking me for a PDF in CMYK colors even though they will use only black ink for printing. My pages are originally laid out in color. Should I simply convert the page to grayscale ...
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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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One cover…several body pdfs

I have a folder with 200 different complete 4-6 page pdfs. Doc1, Doc2, etc. One for each customer. I want to attach a single 2-3 cover pdf to each of them, and save the resulting bunch...Doc1a, ...
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Reduce File size of PDF Created In InDesign [duplicate]

I created a simple PDF file in InDesign where I placed 15 jpegs of dimensions 2480x3508 pixels of 300 dpi and included a few hyperlinks. Each page has one image. The resultant file size of the pdf ...
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Printing item #s of assessment at coordinates on image

Our coaching and training service provides a variety of assessments online and the output needs to be automated and delivered both onscreen and in printable form via pdf. The point is to show each ...
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PDF text has strange mark at end of line of text

I have artwork that has a strange mark at the end of each line of text. This artwork is originally an SVG that was converted to a PDF using cairosvg, then opened with CorelDraw and put into ...
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how to edit a technical drawing copiend into AI from pdf

I have copied a technical drawing from pdf into AI and i now need to edit this add more details. However there is a box around the whole drawing which does not let me reach the individual elements of ...
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What program do I use to create a manual or catalog?

The last time I did any desktop publishing it was ten years ago and I used Microsoft Publisher. Now I need to put together a product user manual, troubleshooting guide, and a new catalog. I figured ...
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Changing colors in a PDF document? Tried illustrator and photoshop

I have a PDF document with text and basic graphics (squares, circles, thought bubbles, etc.) behind the text. My goal is to change the colors of these shapes. Here's what I've tried: InDesign 5.5 - ...
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How do I produce a fully editable multipage PDF from multiple PSD files in CS5?

I have a large number of pages ready as multiple PSD files. I need to make these into at least 2 page PDFs for double sided printing (even better if I can combine them all into one large file), while ...
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Exporting to pdf with CMYK transparency

I have a shape with a CMYK fill color and a transparent image. When I export it to PDF the colors get distorted. In the export the color setting is in CMYK. What I noticed is when I change ...
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How to automatically insert page numbers to hyperlink destination text anchors in Adobe InDesign?

I'm using Adobe InDesign to make a PDF that will have links to pages within itself (e.g. a text on page 10 links to the text on page 32). I'm using "New Hyperlink Destination" to create Text Anchors ...
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How can I convert the font from pdf to ttf?

Got a font in pdf created in PhotoShop. Need to convert it in TTF. It's not just a pdf file with text but the Latin charset. Online extractors do not work in my case, I tried ...