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Converting a .pdf into black/white without grey

Good day, I hope I am right in this section. I have scanned a book and it came out like that: You can imagine that my printer will hate me if I print 150 pages like that. Also I don't like the ...
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How to create high-quality jpg from pdf in Acrobat Pro DC?

I need to a) rasterize and b) convert from CMYK to RGB a lot of pdfs, to make them work with the Flip book plugin on our homepage. The method I have used is Save as - jpg; then Combine files ...
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What kind of file should send to client? [duplicate]

I don't want to send editable file or native file (i.e. Ai.) to client. I read some articles and found out that people send pdf file to client. Do I need to add password to it? because when I open pdf ...
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PDF/EPS file color changing when imported to Quark

So, I have tried different methods and nothing seems to work to fix this problem: I've made a graphic file in Inkscape and saved to PDF (and later EPS, just to try it). The file has colors that ...
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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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How to reduce a PDF with 80 TIFFs file size?

I have an InDesign document of about 80 pages with roughly around 80 high resolution TIFFs (one for each page). The average size of each TIFF is around 15MB. When I export it, the PDF's file size is ...
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PDF Acrobat Comment List Zoom

In Adobe Acrobat, I would like to zoom in on the comment list in a PDF file. When I undock the comment list, it is a small font and I would like to zoom in. I have done this in the past by accident ...
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InDesign: Changed from Indesign CS6 to CC and now files won't export to PDF properly - missing characters

I recently got a new Mac and changed from InDesign CS6 to CC. I'd been exporting to PDF (Print) absolutely fine on the old Mac (in InDesign CS6) - but now when I export in EXACTLY the same way (on ...
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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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How to set a tabel in pdf that you can copy paste into excel

I want to create a template in pdf with one column where clients can write questions (for each row) that I can copy paste into excel. All I could achieve yet was to set one big field in pdf where ...
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Adobe Illustrator is making my PDFs HUGE! Why?

I received a pdf of about 1Mb, with 6 pages. I opened each page, one at a time, in Illustrator, changed some text, then saved, so it saved back to the original PDF. After 6 pages of minor text ...
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Shaded box shows up when exporting pdf using drop shadow effects - Corel x6

I'm facing problems in printing a design containing a Drop Shadow. When I export the PDF from Corel X6 for Offset printing, the Object containing the Drop Shadow comes out with a shaded box, which is ...
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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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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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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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In Inkscape, can I link to a pdf/svg-file instead of embedding its content?

I am using Inkscape as a canvas to layout existing pdf/svg/png plots that I have made in Python, and then add some details and text to the overall figure. When I import the pdf/svg files via File ...
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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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Is it possible to add a field/button to a pdf that allows a user to insert an image using reader

A client of mine wants to be able to edit text and add images to pdf. Ive set the text fields but struggling with adding images. I've created a button that runs javascript to add a pdf but can this be ...
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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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‘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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Is it possible to allow a user to attach an image in a .pdf form?

I created an interactive .pdf in Indesign, but I want to ad an option to let the user attach a picture that he or she has on his computer. Is that possible?
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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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InDesign extract each page as a separate file

In a document where I have, say, 20 business cards front and back, and I have to export them as individual PDFs. That's 40 exports! I know that in acrobat I can extract the pages afterward, but I was ...
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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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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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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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.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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...