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Print from acrobat pdf - print true cmyk values

I've created some graphics on Adobe Illustrator and have saved them as a pdf. Using Output preview/Object Inspector (from the dropdown Preview list) I can check that every object in the the graphics ...
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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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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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Make PDF background transparent in Adobe Acrobat Pro XI

I have a vector graphic in PDF with a white background: how can I make the background transparent? I have to import it into some Illustrator document whose background isn't white, so I need the PDF ...
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Auto populating text from field 1 to field 2 for adobe interactive forms

I am creating a adobe interactive form in adobe indesign cc. I want to create a text field box 1 and 2, such that whatever is entered in box 1 is auto populated in box 2, secondly box 1 is ...
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Photoshop export to PDF - Shape issues

This little screenshot explains well the issue. I have shapes from Photoshop (also made a test from copying shapes from Illustrator) and exporting to PDF. Here is the ugly results. If I reduce the ...
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gimp: pdf export introduces artifacts on edges where there is no background

This is a followup question to gimp: Background removal gives gray fringe, when exported as pdf: To reproduce the problem you have to follow these five steps: In gimp create a New File with ...
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Why are imported PDFs blurry in InDesign?

I'm creating a magazine in Indesign and have pdf ads that I imported and placed all throughout the magazine. The pdf ads are crisp and clear in their original format, but when I place them in ...
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PDF Embedded Fonts - TONS of Duplicates - Why

I am working with a PDF that is showing the following when I look at its font properties. It is like this for every font in the document, repeatedly embedded 10-20 times. What's going on with this? ...
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Extract vector graphics from PDF in photoshop

I have a pdf which I want to extract a high resolution / vector graphics format from. When I open the PDF with Preview I can zoom in forever and artwork always seem to have a crisp edge. However ...
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How to place cut marks on a 2UP image in Indesign for Printing?

Getting an image ready to print and ran into a problem of cut marks/crop marks not appearing once the file is printed. Just to review the steps I took while working in InDesign to layout the image: ...
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Problem in exporting to pdf in photoshop cs6

i need to export a label for printing and i have no contact with the printer nor will i. When i export a label to pdf via Adobe photoshop Cs6 i get nice and crisp text but there's an image that's so ...
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Fonts of PDF look different in Preview (made in InDesign CS6)

I am making an interactive pdf in Indesign CS6, using Quicksand (from Google fonts) as main font. In InDesign, at 100% view, everything looks fine and the text is easy to read. (left text in the image ...
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Images blur when exporting as interactive PDF (CS6)

When I export my InDesign CS6 Document as an interactive PDF the images come out blurry even though they're all properly linked and look fine when exported to a print PDF. What can I do?
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Placed image doesn't show when saving as PDF

I am using Illustrator 17.1.0 to prepare some scientific figures. I have two layers: the bottom one has some placed PDF figures and the top one has annotations. When saving this as a PDF, the placed ...
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Acrobat: Font changes on paste

Using Acrobat Pro CS2, I observe strange behavior to text when pasting a certain diagram exported from Excel as PDF into the current document. This issue concerns the text already in the document, not ...
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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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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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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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Photoshop: Pixel pattern blurry on export to PDF

I am designing an A1 poster (at 300 dpi) and am noticing blurriness on a pixel pattern when I export my PSD to PDF. My methodology for generating the PDF is as follows: Flatten the image Save as -> ...
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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 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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Do PDFs have to be square or rectangular?

I'm creating a sticker in Illustrator and was wondering whether when exporting to PDF format, can it only be saved in a rectangular/square shape? I'm asking because if not then I'd prefer to have a ...
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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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How do I control the order of text in a PDF exported from InDesign?

I've created a document that's got an elaborate layout of a bunch of text boxes. When I export to PDF, open the PDF in Preview, select all and copy out to a text file, the order of the text boxes is ...
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InDesign: Link back from cross-reference

for my recent project I have to make a PDF with endnotes at the end of every chapter. As we all know there's no easy way to do that in InDesign, only this more or less official workaround and some ...
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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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Multiple Layers in PDF

I've created a page using Inkscape and I exported it to PDF. The image has about 5 layers. The image is fine when I open it using preview - I can see all of the layers. However when I upload the ...
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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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inkscape problems exporting filling pattern to pdf

I have created a filling pattern. When I export to pdf a shape filled with such pattern I get something really different from what I see in the editor. This is an example: what I see: what I get: ...
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How to decide output printing quality and material for an image?

Ths is my first question on this site. I need help, I have modified version of this attached sample photo from the movie promesthus. I want to print it and put it as a wallpaper on my room wall. ...
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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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Print a PDF with large pages onto multiple smaller sheets of paper

I have a PDF file containing a map with a page size of A0. How do I print it on A4 or A3 as tiles, which I can then stick together?
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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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Is it possible to online search for PDF vector images? [closed]

I'm trying to find an easy way to search the internet for PDF vector images. Update: using "free to use, share or modify, even commercially" filter Google Image Search: filetype:pdf spaceship ...
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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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how to import a mathematical equation in Corel Draw X5

I have a problem I could not solve. I am doing a poster in Corel Draw X5, and as it is a physics poster, I need to put mathematical equations in it. The Corel built in text editor is just completely ...
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Color Change with PDF on iDevices

I was wondering if someone had a solution to keep PMS colors the right color when exporting a PDF from Adobe Illustrator. I have been having issues when i create a document using specific PMS colors ...
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InDesign CS4 displays transparent image correctly on screen, but the exported PDF sometimes prints a faint background

I am working remotely with a client; deliverable product is supposed to be a printable PDF. The problem: The design has a colored background, and over this, an image with transparency. On screen and ...
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Converting RGB bitmap to CMYK, colour profiles

My question is related to this one: What's the point of converting RGB images to CMYK TIF/TIFF before placing them in InDesign? I am preparing some artwork in Illustrator, which contains some ...
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Why are PDF/X files better than “standard” PDFs?

I have a friend who is also a graphic designer, has little experience in prepress, but has a nice portfolio and seems to have a good knowledge of using the Adobe products. I can't dismiss his opinion ...
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How to keep the text in vector in Photoshop without rasterizing it or flattening the layers when exporting to PDF?

After many tests in all kind of PDF presets, I couldn't figure out how to keep the text layers as vector and still have the quality of InDesign without using it. Everything I tried was rasterizing ...
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Changing File Sizes in a PDF

Is there a way when exporting a .psd as a .pdf to make the file smaller? My client always has me work in Photoshop and send them finished work as .pdf's, but they say the files are too big. These ...
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How do I keep file sizes down when editing PDFs?

I have a set of white label PDF forms that I need to brand for our company. The initial document is 6 pages, 316KB, and already has a full set of fillable fields. In a perfect world, I just open up ...
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How can I combine multiple PDF files into one?

I have made my CV using Photoshop CS5.1 (3 separate files) and need to convert it to a single PDF file. I've done it before using a free download but can't remember what it was...does anybody know? Or ...
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How to make a fast loaded PDF file in Photoshop?

I'm making my resume in Photoshop CC. The design style I've used is totally flat, so no shadows, and no other effect. Before saving it, I put the background in transparent to make less space to the ...
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Saving a PDF file with Photoshop CS 3 gives error because of the font I use?

I'm trying to save a PDF file and retain text, The problem is that when I use some hebrew fonts that I purchased I get an error while saving the file, The error is the famous: "Could not save as ...
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Exporting large size PDF from photoshop

I have create PSD file in photoshop on A3 (~12 X 18 Inch) size Canvas. Now I would like to export PDF format from it in A1 size (~24 X 36 Inch) for A1 size paper printing. Unfortunately while ...
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Photoshop CS6 PDF export problem

Sometimes I need to save the Photoshop files i'm working on as .pdf, but there is a huge problem with the .pdf export on my computer. For example here is a brochure design draft. It looks great in ...
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Selectively Optimizing the Background Image in PDF File

I am trying to create a PDF document that includes many images. All of them are on the foreground except one, which is a monochromatic background and spans the whole document area. I found that ...