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PDF is a complex standard that includes a huge number of features, and the kitchen sink on top of that. Not all of those features are conducive to print production (for example, hyperlinks). PDF/X requires that your document is prepared for print. That is: All fonts are embedded in the file All images are in CMYK or in spot color mode, OR contain color ...


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First.. there is no such thing as a "standard" PDF. What does that even mean? What is a "standard" pdf??? If anything, there are "PDF Standards" which is the PDF/X format. PDF/X-1a comes with some valuable restrictions on the data it can contain. All color must be greyscale, CMYK, or Spot colors. RGB data is not allowed in a PDF/X-1a file. All fonts ...


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The problem is, there's no indexing of whether or no .pdf files contain either pixel or vector images. One can open up a .pdf using Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Serif, (or Inkscape if one wants a free solution), &c., but one won’t know until opening up the file how what it contains is represented in the file. Moreover, the contents of the image are ...


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If you want to make sure your PDF is "clean", you can always use the "/Save as/Optimized PDF" option in the Acrobat Pro "File" menu. Then you can look at the options, and check every boxes in the sections "discard objects", "discard user data" and "clean up"; this will flatten your layers, remove the extra data that might be invisible and as it says, clean ...


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If your Illustrator file contains a lot of complex paths, you should try to simplify them by merging them as much as possible. You can also rasterize some images and background together. Since you're talking about a postcard, the problem of file size can easily be fixed by exporting in PDF and the file size is way smaller. And there is also an option to ...


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Discovered that in the print dialog in Acrobat Reader there is an option called Poster under Page Sizing & Handling, which does exactly this. What's even better, you can print JUST ONE PART of your poster by zooming and resizing the window to show the bit you want to print BEFORE you press Print, then use Pages to Print > More Options > Current View.


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Although the question is quite old, I believe that this answer might help others with the same or a similar problem. Using "integrated" LaTeX for typesetting As @KingOliver already mentioned, using LaTeX is a good way for typesetting mathematical formula and equations. A better solution, than dowloading GIFs without any option to change the equations after ...


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I'm not a CMYK master by any means, but I've dealt with enough third-party printers to have heard this come up several times in the past. Any press operators out there who have better info that this, I welcome it. Your printer is leaving a piece of the puzzle out. As you've discovered, you can't convert to CMYK without converting to a specific CMYK color ...


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You have 2 options, and unfortunately you can't really change easily the size of a PDF while exporting it: 1) Similar to what Mamoon mentions, you could create a document in InDesign or Illustrator to the final size you want, and import that Photoshop file in it. You will lose some quality in the process if your resolution is 200-300ppi. That's not the ...


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Yes. A simple trick is to prepare your Photoshop as you always do, and save a .psd file. Then open this file in Adobe Illustrator. You will be asked if you want to convert the layers to objects or to flatten them in a single layer. Select "convert objects". If it doesn't work, verify if the .psd file is in 8bits. Your text is now editable in ...


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You don't mention what you're using to do your layout. If you have Adobe Acrobat Pro, and in the way you made your graphics, you could selectively lower the resolution of the grayscale or color images only. But for this, your image must be in a real grayscale mode. If you have Adobe Acrobat Pro, open your file with it. Go on the file menu and select "save ...



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