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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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Error in opening PDF in Illustrator, circles [duplicate]

I have a pdf graph that I create in R and I need to bring it into illustrator so I can compose it with other images, so I have saved it in PDF. When I open it on Preview, the image looks perfectly ...
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How to make a clickable checkbox in powerpoint that will work when exported as pdf?

I'm wanting to make a clickable checkbox in powerpoint that will still be a clickable checkbox when the powerpoint is exported to pdf. Is such a thing possible? Thanks for any help.
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How to import PDF to indesign while preserving interactive elements?

My company wants me to add these survey pdfs that our clients filled out in acrobat. They include checkboxes that I can't get to show up in indesign. Here is the file when I open it in acrobat: And ...
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increase in file size after placing pdf files in InDesign

I created a 33 Page PDF file in InDesign where I placed PDF files of AutoCAD drawings and some images. When I export it as the Smallest file size pdf, it saved 13 MB filed, which is to large. It is ...
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Make lines of an EPS file >0.14 points?

I am working on publishing a book on Lulu. One warning it has about my PDF is: Images: Your file contains images with line thickness less than 0.14 points. This may be too thin to print. Please ...
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Best way to flatten a curled book in PDF? [duplicate]

I have photographed some pages of a book for reading. This is much faster than scanning and you don't have to carry the heavy books. However, the photographed books are not as nice: curved, skewed, ...
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Objects/elements disappear when online publishing an Adobe InDesign interactive PDF

When I 'publish online' my Adobe InDesign interactive PDF, some of the elements and objects don't show. For example, little things such as some of the shadow effects dissapear when exported this way. ...
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Video clip only playing audio in Adobe InDesign interactive PDF

When I export my Adobe InDesign project as an interactive PDF, and attempt to play the imbedded video clips, all I get is the audio. And in the videos place is a one of those sound wave squiggles. ...
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How to remove object excess outside of object frame in Adobe InDesign

Every time I export my interactive PDF, the framed object (in this case, an imbedded video clip) spills out of the frame border as if the objects itself is layered above its own object frame. When I ...
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Indesign is messing up my text on pdf export. Any ideas on how to rectify? [closed]

When I export my document the text on the exported PDF is changed. It's as if there has been a 'stroke' of the same colour placed around it, so the text looks thick and fuzzy. It's really changing the ...
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Insert PDF into Word results in pixelation/blurriness on Windows, but not MacOS?

When I try to place pdf files (created by Adobe Illustrator or elsewhere) into a Microsoft Word document, then on my Macbook Pro Laptop, I can simply drag and drop the file into a word document. This ...
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Font not displaying properly despite being embedded

I have created a document in Scribus which I exported to PDF, embedding all the fonts. However, in some applications, one of the fonts (Montserrat) does not display properly – it looks like some sort ...
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PDF opens in different resolutions on different software

I created this 200x200px box in AI file (72ppi): After saving it as PDF, the PDF opens in different resolutions on different apps. Here it opens as 305x305px in Adobe Reader: Here it opens as ...
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White line on pdf save from Illustrator

I hope there is an obvious solution that I just don't know but when I save to pdf from illustrator I get a thin white line along the top, sometimes a side. It's really noticeable when I do full screen ...
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InDesign export problem: identical PDFs from same InDesign file have very different output file sizes

I have a file in InDesign with two layers, each with a different version of the same graphic. The graphics in each layer are png files and they are basically exactly the same image except that one has ...
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Best way to edit photos for image heavy eBooks, with only iPages or preview tools, without the size jumping up and making the PDF massive?

I am an interior designer creating PDF e-books using lots of images. I have hundreds of before & after photos but most of them need editing — mostly cropping, brightening, sharpening etc. I can ...
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InDesign / PDF Export for 2 colour print

I am working on a document and the client would like an exported PDF with the following settings “2/2 coloured black + plus 1 additional colour”. It is a CYMK document and currently exports as 4/4 ...
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Convert a low resolution raster image to vector

I have an raster image like this. That I would like to convert into an svg. I tried the Image Trace option in Illustrator thinking that it would makes colored squares on top of a black box but that ...
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Hello! Does anyone know how to add this effect to photos?

As you can see above, the image part-way through fades away naturally into the background. Would anyone know how to replicate this effect with a full image? Thank you guys so much in advance!
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PDF not generated, no SVG pages found?

I am trying to participate in a contest of novels on a website. They asked me to provide a picture: a pdf file for my information another pdf file for my novel but when I do it does not go through ...
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PDFs suddenly loose quality after cropping in Adobe Illustrator and get pixelated

I routinely placed and cropped PDFs within Illustrator, without any issue. From today, when I crop a placed PDF, it gets kind of pixelated after cropping (example below). This never happened before. ...
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What software would be easy to use to make a product sheet template like this:

Hi I dont really do design but have been assigned to make a product sheet for a lot of different products in the style of this: Screenshot: Original PDF here Do any of you have any tips on what ...
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Opening some PDF files in Photoshop shows “Import PDF” prompt, some don't. Why?

I have just started using Data Sets and all of my interchangeable graphics were saved from Photoshop as Photoshop PDFs without layers. Now I run the export data sets command and the process stops to ...
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Typical page size for jpeg converted to pdf in Acrobat

I'm trying to use Adobe Acrobat to convert several images taken with my phone to a pdf document for ease of sharing. I have selected the "Smaller File Size" option from Acrobat's Combine ...
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Image features are lost when exporting SVG as PDF from Inkscape

I have created a complex SVG file with scientific data: https://svgshare.com/s/TcX . The individual plots were generated as PDFs by the original data analysis software (FlowJo), I imported them ...
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How do I import multiple pdf pages into Inkscape?

I have a pdf file containing about 20 images, one image on every page. I would like to import all of them into Inkscape to create a large figure, but as far as I know, it's only possible to import one ...
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Optimizing pdf, all parameters remain same but why part of text became wiggly / wavy?

I created a document in photoshop. I converted it to large size pdf and everything looked good. When I optimize the pdf the upper part of text gets wiggly / wavy (see attached image) but the bottom ...
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How can you edit bookmarks in an InDesign document?

Got a 50-page INDD presentation, added some bookmarks, which went fine. But then I need to edit some of the bookmarks, and make them link to other pages. To my surprise, there is no "Edit" ...
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Illustrator layer doesn't show when exporting to a PDF

I have an Illustrator layer that when exported to a PDF, the objects in that layer are hidden when viewing in a PDF viewer. This doesn't happen when I export the image for web. All objects are simple ...
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Content management for reports with low technical barrier

In my work we produce a large number of architecture reports usually between 20 and 100 pages every year. They must be high quality and are currently being produced in Indesign. However this creates ...
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Outer glow looks cut off in PDF export than in original design files

I'm working on this design using InDesign and, with Overprint Preview on, the outer glow on my text looks exactly the way I want it. However, when I export to PDF from within InDesign, the glow seems ...
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ghostscript creates sRGB not CMYK PDF file

Problem Following recommendations from a variety of discussion (see below), I have attempted to use ghostscript to convert a PDF file in an sRGB colorspace (generated by Inkscape) into a PDF/X-1a file,...
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Can you hide “bleeded area” in Print PDF?

I've added .125 inches bleed to my A4 document and saved as High quality print from Illustrator. Now if you see, top and bottom has some empty space. I know I could extend the image fully to bleed ...
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Color management between different pieces of software

I don't know much about color management even though I read a lot about it today. I know a computer needs calibration in order to render colors accurately, but as an amateur, I don't have the tools or ...
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Performing an action on many multi-page pdf files on Photoshop

I need to to perform an action on many multi-page pdf files in Photoshop. However, using the image processor in the scripts submenu performs that action on only the first pages of the pdf files. Is ...
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Why PDF file from InDesign shows different dimensions after export?

The size shown in inches in PDF is significantly different from the InDesign settings in mm. I am worried there are some scaling settings that I missed. I didn't set anything specific though. Exported ...
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details of (Inkscape) SVG to PDF/X conversion through Scribus

I am trying to gain understanding of some of the nuances of the workflow described in Inkscape SVG → print-ready EPS/PDF workflow. The general approach is to ensure that an SVG document generated by ...
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Is there any way to combine a hyperlink with a cross-reference?

I am using InDesign 2021 (v16.0) to create a document for export to PDF. There are places where I'd like to insert a hyperlink to a specific section and also include the page number, for example: For ...
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Some text in my design disappears in PDF. InDesign Version 16.0

When I export my inDesign document as a PDF, some text randomly disappears (see orange text on the screenshots below). I tried converting text to outlines and that did not work. Same colored text on ...
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InDesign spreads export to PDF viewable as spreads but printable only as single pages

I have a 12 page brochure set up in InDesign as spreads. I want to export the design as a PDF viewable as spreads but printable only as single pages. Can anyone help?
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How to check if a PDF file is in RGB or CMYK?

I have sent a PDF file to a printing company and they came back telling me that it is in RGB but should be in CMYK. It is strange as I really tried to make everything in CMYK (working with Adobe ...
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How do I create a Word file from InDesign which recognises footnotes?

I've designed a book completely in InDesign. However, I want to delegate the job to others to continue adding to the book. It would be costly in terms of time and money to purchase and teach InDesign ...
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Inkscape import PDF / save as PDF results in nearly blank page

I'm trying out Inkscape to edit some PDF files. The tool seems to work well, the interface is understandable, usable, and when I'm in the document, things look fine. However when I go to save the ...
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Problem converting SVG to PDF

I'm converting SVGs to PDFs (using a svg to pdf library) to use the PDFs in iOS development, but I'm seeing some strange behavior in iOS when I view the images — certain groups / layers seems to be ...
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Part of graphics missing when exporting PDF?

Hey, I tried exporting this design of a car from illustrator into PDF and it seemed fine to me on Illustrator and on Acrobat DC preview, but client reported that the tip of the bottle is blank white. ...
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How do I ensure the file I send to an external printer will print correctly?

Hope you can help here? I have an Ilustrator 2020 design which I want to get printed on A3 (Giclee). I have an ICC profile (seems to be RGB) from my external printer who will print for me. When I ...
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Does it affect print quality if a font in a .psd file is “missing” when received from a designer but you are NOT editing the text layer?

The designer did not supply the font and it is not available to me. I'm aware that if I edit a text layer in Photoshop with a missing font, I risk making the text blurry. However, if I'm NOT editing ...
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Inkscape: text with dropshadow gets blurry when saved as pdf

Please see the picture for more details, how can I save the file as pdf without it getting blurry. Thank you
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InDesign loading and saving joboptions file results in different files

I received a .joboptions file from the printer, but I noticed when I load the file, then (without changing anything) save it as a different joboptions file, the files are different. Here is a diff of ...
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Pdf file and Png file colors printed differently from the same printer

I have a design in png and pdf formats. The png file was printed fine from Microsoft Photos and the colors were accurate. The colors of the same design however became brighter and lighter when I ...

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