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Questions about PDF, short for Portable Document Format. It's the open standard for electronic document exchange, introduced by Adobe Systems in 1993. Ask anything about producing and editing PDFs for graphic design.

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InDesign PDF Export: Drop Shadow Effects are 200 DPI Low-Res

Using Adobe InDesign, I create a new document, draw a rectangle, and apply a drop shadow. Then I export the document as an Acrobat 6 PDF with "Create Acrobat Layers" enabled. The drop shadow effect is ...
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Can I export an InDesign / Illustrator file to pdf with a different print version?

I'm creating a single page invitation with a dark background and white text. The invitation will be sent via e-mail. However, when people print the invitation, I would like the print to have a white ...
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Is there a way to change the viewing size of artboards in pdf?

I am creating a stationery set in illustrator, consisting of a letterhead, an envelope and a business card. When I save it as a pdf, the artboards do not align to the same margins. What I want to ...
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Expandable PDF textbox in InDesign?

Is there no way to make a fillable PDF that will dynamically expand as the user inputs text? After hours of searching only 1 solution keeps popping up and that is Adobe Livecycle which now seems to be ...
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Illustrator Export PDF: Color Loses Vibrancy and Looks More Opaque in Preview

I am using Illustrator CC 21.1.0 to do some final touch on a scatter plot. I want to export the vector plot and include in a report. However, I notice that when I export pdf and open in Preview, all ...
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Increase Contrast in PDF

I am trying to batch increase the contrast of a pdf of 600+ pages. I expected such a function in Acrobat's preflight but haven't found anything. My online research suggests that the task is impossible ...
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How can I see the resolution of images in a PDF?

I got a 200 MB PDF with just a 6x4" picture in it. I am curious to see how many DPI it has been scanned, but if I open it in Photoshop, it asks me to render it again, so it won't be the original data. ...
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Interactive PDF pop-ups not working unless first pop-up instance is clicked in InDesign

When I export an InDesign CC interactive PDF with multiple pop-up throughout the document, I can only activate the pop-up feature by clicking on the first instance of the pop up. Example. I click on ...
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Prevent Rasterization of PSD When Printed?

Sorry I'm not a graphic designer. I bought an Indesign brochure template and a PSD business card template for a start-up. I went to a reputable larger local printer, and they have a huge factory ...
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Is it better to use Adobe Acrobat or InDesign for interactive PDF layers?

There is an interactive PDF product my workplace has done for years, built with Adobe Acrobat. The end result includes buttons to navigate between pages, go back to the title page, etc. However the ...
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Fillable PDF with easily swap-able images

I'm creating a fillable PDF template, and I was trying to figure out a way to make it easy to add an image to a defined area, almost like a smart object in Photoshop. I'm creating it for someone who ...
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Make secured PDF exportable

I have a created a secured PDF in Acrobat DC Pro, I secured the file so that users will not be able to mess up the form. Is there any way to let Acrobat Reader users export the file as an image file, ...
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Need help when exporting interactive PDF

I have created an interactive PDF for my client. I use checkboxes to show and hide Image & Text fields based on the client's needs. I need these checkboxes to be hidden when the client exports ...
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Preparing a job for print

During a project I will periodically turn on the 'overprint preview' button to check that colours and objects are appearing as they should. When a job is complete I will usually do one final check in ...
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Outlining text in InDesign CS4

I'm producing a large paged brochure in InDesign CS4, I was wondering if there is a way to outline all the fonts used when exporting the file as a PDF?
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Failing to export PDF from Illustrator

I have an artboard that is 565 x 28 cm I am unable to export it as a PDF. Can someone guide me as to how to do this? It is still within Canvas range, but bearly.
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SVG / PDF image without interpolation?

I exported an heatmap from Matlab as PDF. If I view the PDF created by matlab print -painters -dpdf command, I see the correct output: However if I import into Inkscape (either via Poppler or not) ...
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Unable to Preserve Some Parts of Vector in PDF (Illustrator)

As the title states, when I save a vector file I created in Illustrator as a PDF, the vector is not preserved. My client has an .ai file for me to insert an pattern image in, then it has to be ...
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How to optimize an Illustrator .pdf loading?

I am working in Illustrator and would like to export vector objects as a .pdf. These vector objects are overlapping one another in some areas. This creates a problem when I open the .pdf, it seems to ...
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Need help compressing some PDF's

not a graphic designer or student or even hobbyist.. I have the full suite of Adobe CC at my disposal My wife's friend has to submit some documents for some official business / studies. Problem is ...
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Fonts: Visual glitch depending on zoom level [duplicate]

On Indesign or Acrobat, when I zoom out on my text, the "u" in the word Foundations seems to have a bigger height than when I zoom in on it. Do you have an idea about the reason of this visual glitch? ...
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Can't edit a PDF in ai CS6

I converted a .tiff image into a .pdf. I then opened that pdf in illustrator. I tried opening using File>open, File>place, or just the drag and drop. But none of these allows me to edit the pdf. ...
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Patches of PDF file are blurry

Can anyone help? I have created a repeat pattern for a notebook design from my original pencil drawing, although the quality of the image varies across the PDF. Not sure why this is as the image has ...
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How to preserve pdf file sizes when working on photoshop?

I modified some details on a pdf in photoshop but after saving it again as a pdf , photoshop changes the file size somehow, even though the editing was done at only a small portion inside the page....
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InDesign - Interactive elements (swf and mp4) flicker in export

I really need your help guys. I've made a book in InDesign with some interactive elements: I've added both swf and mov files. But when I export for Interactive pdf the mov and swf files sometimes ...
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How to show that an image is also a link?

I'm creating a PDF and it should contain a hyperlink to google maps. The link must be represented by the Google Maps logo. What is the right way to indicate to the reader that the logo is a clickable ...
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Merging layer of same name in pdf

Can I merge layers of same name in any auto script instead of selecting & merging one by one in pdf.
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Opening PDF in Illustrator breaks image up into pieces [duplicate]

Anyone know why this is happening? I created a file in Illustrator, with an embedded raster image on one of the layers. That file got saved out as a PDFx/1a, and then opened by a printer in ...
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is Photoshop PDF any worse/better/different than one created in ID?

I am designing a 4x6 postcard. It consists of 2 blocks of text (headline and descriptor line) on top of a photo that takes up the entire background. It will be printed by a professional digital ...
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Indesign: PDF hyperlink to a specific line

I am unable to find the way to export a PDF from InDesign where hyperlinks go directly to a specific line (not just a page), but at any zoom level. All the PDFs I've exported zoomed to fit page when ...
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Is it possible for me to get an interactive PDF with high resolution images, yet a small file size? I'm talking under 5mb

I am trying to create a digital portfolio of my work that I can email to employers. I want the images to be high resolution so my work is not viewed blurry and you can see some of the details in the ...
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When I Place A PDF, It Does Not Show The Correct Artboard Size (Doesn't account for the empty white artboard)

The white box is showing what the art board size is when I open the PDF in illustrator (To edit). Yet when I go to place the PDF in a new document, the size changes. It is not saving he white/blank ...
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How to export multiple photoshop projects at once?

Sometimes I get a lot of PDF documents of multiple scanned photos from costumers and I need to crop them, straighten them and export them as JPG. Now, It's really time consuming doing it manualy. I ...
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Barcode Help! PDF print setup [duplicate]

I need help figuring something out. I laid out a full brochure in Photoshop CC and I am adding a barcode that was provided to me via .EPS. My printer is asking me for the barcode to be 100% black. The ...
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How to edit a pdf and preserve hyperlinks

I was wondering if it is possible to edit (in my case I want to remove some text) a pdf page, while maintaining the hyperlinks on the page. I have tried using Inkscape, GIMP and LibreOffice (on ...
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Displaying 20 in x 600 in GIMP/Photoshop file as PDF in Acrobat Reader

I am preparing the art project which involves using characters to obtain a visual and not literary artwork. Something like concrete poetry. Project is supposed to be 20 inches of width and 15 - 20 ...
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PDF Print Output is Blank

I have created a Photoshop PDF in Photoshop. The PDF can be sent to my desk printer but the printer only outputs a blank page. My printer is a humble monochrome HP LaserJet P1102w. I am saving the ...
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Save as two formats automatically {Inkscape}

Is it possible to make inkscape save two formats not just one at a time? Preferably without appearing where to save the file every time, because I would predefine it, and without appearing portable ...
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Form Design - Splitting content among PDF Fields

I am having a problem where I have on page 1 of my document a simple clean easy to read form which users enter the information and then the document formats it and populates the actual form (which is ...
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Is there a software or programming method for document (PDF) separation? [closed]

Is there a software for separating multiple PDF documents? Maybe with some sort of AI? For instance, I have multiple scanned PDFs and in each PDF I have tons of different documents inserted together. ...
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multilanguage font for editable pdf

I want to create a single PDF file with an editable text field/form that supports as many languages as possible. I thought that using the Noto Sans font would be the solution, but I noticed that it ...
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Which is the differences between an .ai and a editable .pdf file? [duplicate]

Why do I save in .ai though the editable .pdf do the same thing?
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InDesign to Word: Issues with spacing when editing Word document.

I created a document in inDesign, exported it to PDF, and then exported the PDF into word. The formatting and style looks fine but my issue is when I try to edit the content in the word document. The ...
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Illustrator CC changing color of half my file on PDF export [closed]

Using Illustrator CC, we save all our CMYK illustration files in PDF format. I just encountered a file where the copied half of the file (the design just copied over to the second half of the paper) ...
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Cannot select all text in PDF exported from InDesign CS5.5 [closed]

I discovered some text cannot be selected in the exported PDF of a catalog. The text descriptions of products needs to be copy-able so that vendors can reuse the original descriptions easily. Once a ...
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Change color mode of PDF [closed]

I saved my PSD file as a PDF, and without realizing it, saved the pdf as a psd which screwed up my colors making them muddy and darker. Is there a way to get back to the colors of the original PSD?
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How to Preserve Object in Pdf File?

I have a pdf template file with printers marks and a bar code. I'd like to add graphics to the file (essentially cover the whole page). Covering the printer's marks is required, but I'd like the bar ...
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Scribus export to PDF resulting in missing image

I have to realize my first poster and decided to use (and learn) Scribus as well as Inkscape and GIMP). I am making progress with these softwares and was beginning to be happy with my poster template ...
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my team in Asia always asks for AI format but my customer only wants to give PDF files

Help..... I am a graphic novice and have a potentially basic question. I manufacture in Asia and my team there always asks for AI format files to do the printing of packaging. My client fights ...
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Margins changing from InDesign to PDF?

What am I doing wrong? When I save my InDesign file as a PDF the margins are different when I open the PDF and off when I print. They are correct in ID. Why would they be different? Here is the ...