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Questions tagged [pdf]

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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Inkscape: Export-id generates a too big PDF

Context I want to export layers of my SVG one by one into PDF, via Inkscape's CLI. Problem Say I have a simple Inkscape SVG consisting in a plain rectangle: I want to export it into a PDF. If I ...
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Why's there no CMYK value in 'Output Preview', after I executed the fixup to 'Convert All Spots to CMYK'?

Please see the combined screenshot beneath; I see no CMYK values? I'm trying to fulfill step 4: Scroll to the page 22, as this is the first page with background fill you want to get rid of. ...
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How can I efficiently detect all blank pages in a PDF?

My current solution is opening "the Page Thumbnails pane on the left", and spotting the blank pages. What's a more efficient solution, since this Jul 2015 post? I'm not asking about deleting the ...
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Why's my PDF Missing Color space, after I executed Preflight profile “Convert All Spots to CMYK”?

Please see the screenshot 2 beneath, after my failed attempt to fulfill Step 3: Search for Convert All Spots to CMYK and run Fix. Now all colors in your document are CMYK. As advised by the ...
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How to convert a PDF file to an AI file?

I have a logo that I want to convert from pdf to ai, but I don't know how to convert it and whether doing so will damage the logo quality. can you help me please?
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How can I change the background color that backgrounds only some text, in a PDF?

With vision difficulties, my grandpa can't read text whenever backgrounded by dark color in the PDF in the screenshot beneath. Click here to download it, or see some of its pages at Google Books. It'...
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Highlighting issue with InDesign pdf

When highlighting text in a PDF exported from InDesign, the highlight doesn't select the text in the right order. How can I fix this?
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Adobe illustrator export to PDF problem, text invisible

How does one even start to troubleshoot when the following happens. ^^ Important note, the job here is to add pictures to an existing pdf produced elsewhere. You have a textpage in illustrator with ...
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Opening multiple pages of a PDF documents in illustrator at a horizontal angle instead of vertical

I'm trying to to open and edit this PDF file in adobe illustrator for editing purposes but when I open multiple pages or any page it opens and rotates it horizontally instead of vertically like the ...
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Saving As Tiff or PDF/X For Large Format Printer (Illustrator)

I'm trying to figure out if there is a proper way to save Print files. I ran into a transparency problem while saving PDF's from Illustrator (into ONYX), I found saving as both a TIFF and a PDF/X-1 &...
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List of ColorSpaces does not usually include PDF ColorSpaces?

Why a (complete) list of ColorSpaces, like the one in Wikipedia, would ignore the 11 color spaces used in PDF files? Device dependent color spaces: DeviceGray 2. DeviceRGB 3. DeviceCMYK Device ...
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Objects in and made with Indesign not printing to true size or location on page

I created some rectangles in InDesign CS6. I set the document size to A4 portrait 210 x 297 mm, and each rectangle is 80 by 60 mm landscape (see dimensions in top left corner of second screenshot): ...
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Add a permanent scrollbar to a full screen pdf without changing any settings in the reader or removing the touch mode feature

A little bit of a niche question. I have created an interactive pdf that opens in full screen mode (which is a mandatory) and in single pages which works well and includes the touch scroll. One ...
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PDF with layers that show/hide specific symbols (fonts)

I have a large Indesign document (500+ pages) that has 6 special symbols from a font that appears frequently throughout the text. My issue is that when finished, I will also need to create a version ...
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Printing a poster from pdf results in wrong colors

I have A0 poster with 2 science images that were taken by a spacecraft. On top of it I have graphs and some text. When I print it as A4 pdf on my office small printer - the colors are fine. When I ...
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How do I set Inkscape-pdf-export to “fill viewport”

I have an A4 (210x297 mm) svg in Inkscape. When I export & open the pdf in Chrome, it isn't sized to fit the window - it appears way too big and needs to be scrolled. How would you advise me to ...
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Adobe Sign for Websites

I have an editable PDF I want to put on a WordPress site. When people just try to open the PDF in their browser normally, the signature field is just a text box. When I make an Adobe Sign request ...
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Illustrator exporting strange artifacts with Visio objects

I created a PDF file via Microsoft Visio (a scalable diagramming tool). Later on I decided to make some changes. Visio kinda' sucks, so I decided to swap over and modify it with Adobe Illustrator ...
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Placed Image in Illustrator is Blurry when exported as PDF [duplicate]

I am doing some work for a client designing stickers but their logo was originally created by someone else in Photoshop (I can't understand why a logo would ever be made in a raster format). So there ...
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Acrobat is creating files starting with “magick-” What are these?

I just noticed today that in every folder where I have PDFs, there are also a random number of files that begin with the word "magick-" which is followed by a string of around 17 numbers, letters and ...
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pdf created in Illustrator opened in Inkscape but pdf export misses features

I receive a pdf. This PDF was generated with Adobe Illustrator CC 22.0 (Windows) Adobe PDF library 15.00. I use Inkscape to extract a particular page and I copy one particular object (a white dot) ...
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Different wording with mouse over when tagging URLs

I'm producing an accessible PDF in InDesign and need the mouse over wording of URLs to read more descriptive than just the URL address. Can this be done InDesign or is it a post-production process in ...
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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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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? [duplicate]

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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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 ...