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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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Can I use interactive buttons in InDesign to display "answer"?

Our job ticketing system at work is super inefficient for what we do, so I'm trying to make a job ticket that allows us to check a few boxes and copy/paste any relevant details. I used check boxes for ...
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Batch printing PDFs different amount of times

Is there a way to do a batch print where you can specify how often the respective pdfs have to be printed. like print the first pdf 100 times, the second 80 and the third only 5 times. Maybe with an ...
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How to test what your PDF looks like without installed (special) fonts

I remember that Adobe Acrobat used to allow to switch between a view of your document based on installed and embedded fonts and a view based on embedded fonts only. That option no longer seems to be ...
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How do I create a new copy of a signed PDF without signatures to make a template?

I cannot find anything on this that is helpful. Mostly it is about removing your own signatures to edit a PDF. We have a PDF file that was signed, and the people who signed it have left the company. ...
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Batch applying adjustments using photoshop while cleaning scanned documents

I have pdf files (books/documents) scanned with background. Today I was able to clean them properly that they look like a proper pdf document. I did so with Adobe Photoshop Elements but it required me ...
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Need to merge multiple MSG files into PDF

I have about 900 .msg (email) files. I need to convert them all to 1 single PDF file. How can one do this using Adobe Acrobat, or some other software? Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this, ...
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Why does my Inkscape export PDF look different from original SVG file?

Why is stroke in my exported PDF black while it's gray in Inkscape? This is how it looks in Inkscape: However, the exported PDF stroke become black inside: How can I fix this? Here is my Inkscape ...
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How to quickly soften dark colors for printing?

My energy provider goes around bragging about how green they are. However, their invoices are using some combination of colors that prevents me to quickly print it with minimal ink. Until now, I used ...
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How do you place a multi-page PDF into only 1 page in 1 spread InDesign?

I'm trying to place a 90 page pdf (document size is 40x40mm) onto 1 sheet (1 page). Should look like a grid. Is there any way to do this? a script maybe? Thanks.
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Best macOS software for very large vectors

I want to build very large and detailed vectors to be used as map-like interfaces (via PDF viewers). macOS Preview for viewing allows you to zoom to 30x (3000%). I tried web based Figma, but this ...
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Will a PDF imported and rasterized in GIMP at 500 DPI lose quality when exported back to PDF?

Suppose I have a single-page 5x8 PDF with text on it, exported from LaTeX. If I import this PDF into GIMP at 500 DPI, then export it as a PDF, will this process make it show any loss of its original ...
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How to get two text fields in interactive PDF to show same entered text - Indesign?

I am creating an Interactive PDF from InDesign and I need to link the contents of two text fields: I need one interactive text field to be able to accept a typed value, then a second field that is in ...
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Color inconsistent when exporting to PDF from InDesign

Whenever I export these tables from InDesign to a PFD file, shaded rows appear as different colors, even though they are exactly matching in the original file. Is there are way to fix this? Color ...
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Issue with export from Illustrator [duplicate]

I wanted to export my work in PDF from illustrator, but I have a problem my lines of the flower are very visible I don't know how to do it for make it smooth. I don't know my be it's normal. you can ...
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Appending PDF pages respecting color profile and symbols

I am about to order custom playing cards from a manufacturer. The directions are: FRONTS AND BACKS (ONE SINGLE MULTIPAGE PDF FILE IN SEQUENCE FRONT/BACK FRONT/BACK) When uploading: Convert text to ...
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How do I restrict all of a PDF's editability EXCEPT for extracting and moving around pages?

I am starting to sell digital PDFs, and I want my customers to be able to move pages around between PDF files they have and customize them, but I don't want anyone trying to edit individual elements ...
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Inkscape: How to automatically remove background and export to PDF

I frequently export plots which I generated in MATLAB to PDF files, which I then would like to use in LaTeX. However, MATLAB always puts two white backgrounds to every export. So in order to fix this, ...
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Illustrator: Saving CMYK document to PDF, color change to RGB

I am having a strange problem. I double-checked, and my document is set to CMYK, and I am using a specific ICC profile as well. I have some other documents where I am doing the same. Oddly, I thought ...
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Printed PDF has black box instead of shadow

We received a PDF from our client to forward it to the printing house (I hope that is the correct english term, I'm talking about offset print) and later we combine the printed result with our product....
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Export Artboards as Multiple, Multi-Page PDFs in Illustrator

I know that it is possible to export individual artboards all as separate PDFs in Illustrator, but I need to group some of the artboards together and I can't find a good solution. At the moment, I'm ...
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JSL Ancient gets destroyed when printing on HP Color Laserjet Pro M454

When I print a document using the JSL Ancient True Type font, on the PDF it looks perfect, but when printed it gets destroyed, the shape of some characters mostly capital letters like Q, C, N, O, E, N,...
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Ai to PDF - Don't include portion of images hidden by clipping mask

I have created an AI file that contains images that have portions hidden by clipping masks. When I save this AI file as a PDF file, the PDF file contains the full images. Is there a way to save to PDF ...
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Figma PDF export order

When I use the Export frames to PDF, I cannot find the way to order the frames as wanted. They seem to be exported in the order they were created. Any idea on how to change that?
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How to deal with lost pdf figure in eps file?

I am making a figure which includes several subfigures with adobe illustrator. Some of the subfigures are copied & pasted from .pdf files, which include a figrue, respectively. However, after ...
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SEO friendly photos

In an e-commerce website/platform where we get photos from our customers (their personal photo and PDF files), we want to make the photos SEO friendly. Should we ask our customers/users to use JPG ...
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Why are my export files different from my Indesign artboards? [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out why on my exported files, some pages have crossed over onto each other. They are outside the bleed line so I expect them to be trimmed however, some tutorials, etc do not have ...
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Create pdf or eps (mostly vector) graphic with wacom tablet

I would like to add some graphics to a Latex presentation using a wacom graphics tablet. I would like to use vector graphics, so the pdf output will stay small and look good in every resolution (if I ...
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Interactive Forms (Indd > PDF) Placeholder text in interactive form text field

I do not believe that placeholder text (populated in a form's text field before PDF export) is currently an option. Anyone know any workarounds (bar manual inputting via Acrobat). Surprisingly, it ...
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How to concurrently, productively change all gray color in all headings and subheadings in this PDF?

Screen shot of PDF below. Do not ask me to manually change the gray color in each heading and subheading individually — too much time and work! I hanker change to #4DFFFF — CMYK = 70, 0, 0, 0. I am ...
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Layperson friendly software or filetype for editable/formatted form?

I'm designing a sales flyer for a client, that needs to be contain editable text and image boxes, while maintaining the integrity of the layout I've designed. The client does not have any Adobe ...
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Design an interactive template with image upload option

I'm assuming this is impossible but worth asking - I'm trying to create a template for HR - a digital employee card - with form fields to fill in the employee's name/title/etc. as well as an image ...
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Issue with export to PDF from Illustrator

I have some issues while exporting my PDF file from Adobe Illustrator. While I made it, I used shape gradient to do this sort of lines. But if you look at the pictures, the problem is very visible. ...
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GIMP 2.10: PDF Export: How to export each layer GROUP as a new page?

GIMP can export each layer as a new page[*]… but is there a way to do it based on group layers instead? Alternative trick: Flatten each layer group before printing using Merge Layer Group… without ...
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Is there an automated way to remove cropped-out regions of embedded images in order to reduce the file size of a PDF

Someone has asked this question before, but for SVG files. This is the scenario: I have a source file in a DTP program (Scribus in my case). It contains a lot of large images, but only small bits of ...
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Adobe PDF JavaScript 'app.execMenuItem("ZoomViewOut")' not working as document level script

I put the line app.execMenuItem("ZoomViewOut"); into my PDF document's JavaScript section like this: It turns up in the general JavaScript section like this: //-----------------------------...
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Show/hide standard Adobe Reader toolbar using JavaScript

Is there a line of JavaScript that can be used to show/hide (ideally alternately as a toggle) the default toolbar in Adobe Reader -- i.e. the same that happens when you press F8? I have tried  app....
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Hide focus rectangle on PDF form button

I made this PDF form button with three different states (and images) for normal, mouseover and pressed, and all works as expected. However, there still appears this dotted rectangle around the button ...
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Creating an optimal quality PNG from PDF for desktop/laptop/mobile screens using ImageMagick - eliminating blur

I use LaTeX to create a PDF which I then crop using PDFCrop. From there I go to PNG using ImageMagick. I then insert the PNG into a software program which displays it on my screen - laptop, desktop, ...
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InDesign export to interactive PDF makes some, but not all, images pixelated

This is a similar question to one asked before, although not recently. I'm exporting a long, narrow ID document (5.5" x 32") to Interactive PDF. There's one image at the top of the document ...
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Converting PDF layout using a tool

I have a rather large single-page layout PDF which needs to be converted into spreads (it's too large to do this manually in a reasonable amount of time). What software could I used for this? I ...
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If I typed text in Microsoft Word for my logo, does .ai vs. .pdf matter?

My Contractor requested the .ai file for my logo that I typed in Microsoft Word. But I'm technophobe, cyberphobe. Please try to avoid tech jargon. Before I spend hours downloading InkScape, and trying ...
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PDF files of logos are rendering different on my system

Problem: the "I" in Advisors, Analysis and the 1st Bracket separating the two words are more prominent than the other characters in the Logo on my system than what is produced by a ...
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Inkscape export to pdf objects are missing

I am using inkscape to export a svg-file I have created with it to pdf. Everything works fine, except for the rectangular elements which are missing in the pdf file. My svg file can be found here: ...
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Is there a way to keep text elements from combining in Adobe PDF creater/editer?

I'm trying to create a fillable PDF form using Adobe Acrobat DC. I'm creating separate text elements to use as field labels (name, phone number, etc.) but they keep automatically combining with other ...
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Inkscape Showing Broken Arabic Letters

After Inkscape import PDF , which have Arabic Words, Arabic Words Split into Separated Words. As a user, very new and basic with Inkscape. Attached Arabic Names PDF and ScreenShot of Arabic Words ...
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Trouble getting smooth, readable text from PDF to video with limited resources

I'm trying to create a video of a musical score, similar to this, and I want to make it look as good as it can given my limited knowledge and software resources. The musical score (my own composition)...
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inkscape conversion pdf to eps

I'm trying to convert a .pdf image into a .eps one. The image quality is good but the font labels are not conserved as shown in the images Before: After: For the conversion I use the command ...
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Very difficult in Illustrator to rotate an artboard with content. Looking for a quick method

It is a mess to make rotate a simple image on Adobe Illustrator 21. Here a screenshot of the original scene : I desperatly tried to use the "rotate tool" but it is very hard to handle : If ...
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How to efficiently remove repeated instances of the same text in a PDF?

This purchased PDF (that I didn't create) repeats the text, underlined in green, under each diagram. Undeniably, deleting each instance one by one is too inefficient! How can I delete this text ...
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Font top gets cut off when converting PSD to PDF

We used a lovely font across several PSD files (see image below) and are now ready to print (PDF). After saving as Adobe PDF, this is what we get (top of the G is cut off). After reading some ...
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