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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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Gray lines appearing around expanded vector shapes when exporting PDF

So I vectorized some images and expanded them, but when I export them as PDFs they have these gray lines around them. How can I remove them? (But without rasterizing; rasterizing it makes the colors ...
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Inkscape : Export as pdf results in blank files

I used to edit and sign pdf forms using Inkscape 0.91 on Ubuntu. For the past 2 weeks, I have been unable to do it. I can import and embed pdf files in Inkscape, add text and paths, but when ...
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How to trace multiple images at once, like batch processing

I'm a student, and I'm trying to go (kinda) paperless. I write stuff on my whiteboard, or a notebook then I scan it with my phone, and bring it into my windows laptop. My plan is to vectorize the ...
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How many inches/mm is left as margin on a standard A4 paper?

Is there a standard length of margin left that works for all printers? On my note taking app I want to know how much space to leave so that when I export to PDF and print (on HP, Brother, Epson, you ...
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Is there a better way to reduce exported PDF file size?

Most of time I use Photoshop artboards which are 300DPI and 3968x7224px to create presentations. When I want to save as a .PDF file, I select File > Export > Artboards To PDF. The exported .PDF file ...
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Inkscape - reduce size of images in exported PDF

In my Inkscape file, i have some pictures. Some of them are cropped, others are downsized/small relative to the paper size. But when I export a PDF, the images are included in original resolution ...
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Can I export in PDF a whole Invision DSM?

I suppose it's not possible, but got some doubts yet.
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Transparent PDF on Keynote 2020?

I'm trying to make a PDF with a transparent background from Keynote ( I'm making a digital journal and want the background transparent so I can change the paper type on Notability, while still keeping ...
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How to check total ink coverage using open source tools?

Any open source tool to check total ink coverage in PDF files (vector artwork) ?
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Convert Resume from Photoshop to ??? to improve PDF quality

I've made a huge mistake. I found a cool template for a resume that I liked and spent hours making it what I wanted in photoshop only to find out that saving as PDF makes all the text look blurry. I'...
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Can't export an object with “screen” blending from Illustrator

I need help with exporting on Illustrator :) Can't find an answer anywhere! I am trying to export a large design as PDF (press quality), and I have a layer (gradient circle) with a screen blending. I ...
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Make font same size across PDF tables

I am putting multiple tables into my InDesign document, created in PDF format (using LaTex). The PDF are not rasterized. When I change the size of the frame, and rescale the graphic, the relative size ...
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Can I export a PDF from Inkscape with a vectorized blur or shadow?

In Inkscape, I can draw a circle and add a blur. If I save that document as a PDF, the blur is only kept if I rasterize it. I'd like the PDF to keep the blur without rasterizing it. Same goes for a ...
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How do I add a number of days to a GREP date in InDesign?

I'm building an invoice template, and I'd like to have a field for the due date automatically be set to two or three weeks from the date modified. Is this possible in InDesign?
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Open source PDF to grayscale conversion tool

I need a PDF (vector) to grayscale conversion in Linux CLI. Any open source tool to achieve that task? I have already tried ghostscript for that task grayscale conversion was happen but fonts are ...
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Illustrator saves an empty pdf file

The pdf can be viewed in illustrator, but can't read as a pdf. The pdf is empty. Very weried. I have upload the file here, you can see that the file is 155k, not empty, but when open using pdf reader,...
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Fully responsive presentations

I'm in need to create a responsive power-point like presentation that is landscape on desktop and portrait on mobile. PDF's could also work. Which would be the best practice and is there a way to ...
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Conversion to PDF/X-1a renders image worse (Adobe Acrobat)

NEW INFORMATION (23-12-2019): The problem specifically seems to be in this: Transparency used (soft mask in image) If I only flatten this in Acrobat, the black image becomes lighter/grey, and ...
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PDF rendered differently by illustrator and acrobat

I'm not sure if this is the correct place to ask this, so maybe some can point me in the right direction if it isn't. I have exported an chart from the R programming language as a PDF, and it needs ...
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Export to PDF with transparent background Illustrator 2020 version 24.0.1

I would like to export my image to a pdf with a transparent background but it exports with a white background. My vector contents are clearly on top of the checkerboard pattern indicating ...
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Illustrator: how to export the same artwork for two different page sizes (for example, A4 and A3)?

I have a poster design that needs to be printed in two different formats. The artboard is set to A4, and when I export a PDF, it's exported as A4. How can I easily export an A3 PDF version of the ...
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Can't get Windows 10 font to show in PDF using Inkscape

As in the answer shown here, I'm trying to convert an SVG to PDF using Inkscape on Windows: inkscape --file=mySVGinputFile.svg --export-area-drawing --without-gui --export-pdf=output.pdf My SVG has ...
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Exporting GIMP image to pdf with specific page size

I need to use GIMP to generate a particular .pdf with a specific page size, namely, A1. For this question, I did a minimal working example with A4 page size, since I believe the specific format ...
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Free, easy way for client to add logo to a PDF?

I have designed a 2-page flyer for a client and left a blank top right corner. Their partners (apparently many partners) are supposed to open this flyer in PDF and add their own logo in that blank ...
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How to begin designing PDF Business Reports

Hello guys how are you? I would like some help from you because I'm a little lost. Next year I will have to develop pdf files styles in my company. It is a financial company and I was asked to ...
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PDF document with cover sheet for duplex printing

Is there a way to have a multi-paged PDF document with a cover sheet that will be printed on a physical page with the back empty even when the user selects "duplex" (print on both sides of each page)? ...
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Delete specific layers in all PDF documents (batch)

I have around two hundred wedding name cards and the design is the same, except the name on it changes. I managed to change the names automatically via .csv list + Illustrator batch actions. Quite few ...
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How can I efficiently detect all pages with different dimensions in a PDF?

It's doubtless too unproductive to open "the Page Thumbnails pane on the left", and eyeball each page's dimensions. In the screenshot below, all pages have the same dimensions from page 575 onwards, ...
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Illustrator - Open a PDF and keep layers?

I've created a layered PDF with java and when I tried to open it in Illustrator I figured out that Illustrator does not use these layers. They are there in Acrobat and Indesign, but Illustrator ...
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How can I create a larger page-size copy of a PDF document?

I have a PDF/X4 printer ready file for an A3 poster, and have had already printed 2500 copies at a commercial digital print shop in Europe. Went very well. Now I want to have some A0 plastic tarps (...
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why blur of drop shadow becomes blocky while saving pdf from illustrator

While trying to save an ai (illustrator) file to pdf, the blur portion of drop shadow lost and it looks blocky. Please look at the screen shot of pdf below: You can see that the blurred portion of ...
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Hairlines vs weird gradients, or: How to save vector graphics for electronic PDFs?

Edit: I was able to make the output look a little bit better (not perfect). For anyone finding this from web searches, here's what I did: To remove the hairlines I used the X-4 PDF settings. The ...
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Acrobat Pro: PDF dimensions not exact

I'm wondering for a while now: When I export a document in InDesign and view the dimensions of the pdf in Acrobat Pro, the dimensions are a little off (like ~0.002 cm). Should be 29.7 x 21 cm. When ...
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White Background showing as Grey when exporting from indesign to PDF

I have an image in Photoshop that is on a white background. I've imported it into Indesign and added type. When exporting it as a PDF to send on to my client, the white background is showing as a ...
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Use PDF editor for book publishing (including conversion to PDF/X)

I know that there is dedicated software for book publishing, such as Affinity Publisher, Adobe Indesign, and so on, but I have used for a certain project LaTeX, which would produce a PDF. Since most ...
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Exporting in pdf hillshade on maps

I have a svg open street map, with hillshade. If I open it on Inkscape, and export in pdf format, it export all the streets, label etc..., but not the hillshade. If I use the option "export in png ...
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How can I print a PDF booklet with pages the right size?

Sorry about the ambiguous title. I have a PDF file of A5 pages I'd like to print as a booklet. I have Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat and the rest of CS6 — although I didn't use it to produce the PDF. ...
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How to “decompile” a picture in pdf

I’m trying to prepare the materials for an open laptop examination. The notes are given in pdf and the key factor to doing well is navigation skills. I’m on a mac and I’m usually viewing these slides ...
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In a Print-Ready PDF, does the Printer who receives file need to have all the fonts on their machine?

I have a design for an ad that I've done for someone as a favour (I do a lot of web graphics work in Adobe Illustrator, but haven't done print work up until now). When I send them a print-ready PDF, ...
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Does mrserge's answer still work if I convert all spots to RGB, rather than CMYK?

Please read mrserge's answer and the question there before reading this question. mrserge answered What we will do: convert everything to CMYK, then replace specific CMYK value with other and we ...
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Batch find and replace text in multiple PDFs

Ive got a folder with 100's of 1 page PDFs. The PDFs all have a footer in them, in which there is a typo. I want to essentially run a batch find and replace across all the PDFs to fix the typo. ...
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How to create template of guides in Illustrator which appears with every document I open?

So, I am working on a multiple page pdf. I need to setup margins on each side of the page using guides. There are 300+ pages and I am working on each page at a time. I don't want to add guides in each ...
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How to extract Tikz images from a PDF

I have a paper in PDF, created using Latex and Tikz. Now I need to produce individual files for the images, one file per image. Since I have the source, I could manually copy and paste (let me see..) ...
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How to display actual pixels (not print size), when exporting from Photoshop into a .pdf

So, whenever I try to view the output .pdf on a Mac or a PC, its size is identical to the "Print Size" in Photoshop, but I need it to display "Actual Pixels" size by default. Is there any way to do ...
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Batch remove spots from scanned images

1. Summary I couldn't find any free tool, that correctly automatically remove spots from my books. 2. Data Example page of my real book: KiraDespeckle.tif I want to delete these spots: How I can ...
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Is there a way to “reverse crop” a pdf?

When you crop something, you end up keeping what you selected. What if you want to instead keep what's outside the crop box when the crop box is in the middle of the page?
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Save AI file without convert it to outline

How can I save a AI file/convert it to PDF with text (not to convert it to outline) because I need that PDF in searchable mode?
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Autocad export blank pdf

I'm new in autocad not have any good idea model and plot viewport etc. My company develop some files from vendors i did some few changes in it. As i checked its plot view there is all model with ...
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How to set 300 dpi resolution in embedded image in pdf file

I have PDF vector image with embedded raster image i need to set resolution for embedded raster image as 300 dpi resolution using command line and open source like LibreOffice etc..
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Quick replacements of corrupted characters for scanned pages

1. Summary I have third-party poor quality scanned PDF's, where start characters of the lines are highlighted. I have numerous bad scanned PDF's, manually alignment of characters for replacements ...

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