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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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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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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When exporting as pdf a layer that should not be transparent becomes transparent

I am making an image by pasting a pdf image on a background. Everything looks great in Inkscape, but when exporting the entire Inkscape file to pdf, the pdf image gets somewhat transparent for no ...
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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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What font can I use for a Japanese book?

I have a PDF book to be translated in Japanese, and what wondering which fonts to use. My main languages are French and English and I have no experience with asian fonts. I would not be able to say ...
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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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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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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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Edit a PDF while preserving quality

I have a PDF file I need to cut some parts out of for a presentation. I tried doing this with GIMP and saving the result as a PDF. However when I zoom in on the result, the quality is bad, even ...
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Photoshop is changing text when saving as PDF

When making circular text with photoshop CS6, for example: Circular written text Now, when I want to save my project as PDF the text is getting turned, for example: Turned letters, but the same ...
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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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Export Artboards to separate PDFs (Illustrator)

I was wondering if there's a way in Illustrator CC to export artworks containing multiple artboards, to multiple single-paged .pdf files, as Illustrator already does for images like .jpg files. EDIT: ...
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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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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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Applying grain to colors or gradients without rasterizing

I have been thinking about this for years and figured that today is the right time to actually ask someone about this: is it possible to apply grain to colors or gradients in Illustrator or InDesign ...
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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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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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.AI vectors and text rendering wrong when PDF exported from InDesign

I have an InDesign file which has a placed logo linking to an .AI file. The logo looks absolutely fine in InDesign. I also have some large text using the font Open Sans which looks great in InDesign. ...
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Photoshop “Save as PDF” doesn't retain the transparency

So I have this PSD with several transparent layers. As I need to hand out the file for a professional printing, I export it through Photoshop (CS5) using the usual PDF/X-4:2008 PDF 1.4 profile to ...
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Why do Inkscape gradients in PDF sometimes render or print incorrectly

When using gradients with alpha components in Inkscape I find that, whilst they work most PDF viewers (Acrobat, evince), they do not work in all of them. Also, it seems that a lot of printers also ...
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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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AI - Save as PDF with clickable image

I am new to Adobe Illustrator graphics design. I want to know how to save a designed artwork as PDF with objects that are clickable. For example, i create a rectangle, fill it with some style and i ...
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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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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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Why convert to CMYK, rather than continue to use RGB?

I use Adobe Acrobat to change colors in a PDF. Why does mrserge 'convert everything to CMYK' by using the 'Map, spot, process colors' Fixup? Dietrich von Seggern never does. He merely continues in ...
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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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Text cut off when saving as Photoshop PDF

I have been having an issue lately when trying to save a A4 size document in Photoshop to PDF. When i save the document, some text on my PDF have the top and bottom of the text cut off making the ...
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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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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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My InDesign PDF is larger than what I set my document as?

So I'm trying to upload a PDF to Blurb.ca, and it only accepts the file if it's within the dimensions it requires (21x26 cm). I have my file set to 20x25 cm (which is the final booklet size) with a ...
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Why are the colors changing when printing my PDF file?

Im working on an illustration with various elements, they all look fine and print fine from Illustrator, but the colors change when I try to print them from the preview window, any idea why and how to ...
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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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How do I reduce .pdf file sizes?

I had to add bleeds and enlarge an eight-page complex PDF. Traditional methods of working directly in Adobe or within InDesign were not feasible. I had to bring the PDF into Illustrator. They involve ...
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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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Editable PDF on iPad?

I don't know if I am in the right section so I sincerely apologise if I am somewhere lost right now. I have an Etsy store selling Printable designs. Either they buy it and I print it for them, or ...
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Illustrator file regains erased content when exported to PDF

I'm going out of my mind. I've erased part of a patterned shape, and when I export to PDF and look at the PDF in anything other than AI, some of the erased pattern appears again. I've tried flattening ...
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Unable save psd after save pdf in Photoshop CC 2015

I finish my design eg." design.psd" and save it as a psd file. After that I save to a pdf file, "design.pdf". I modify the psd contents and again, use save as a psd, overwrite the previous "design....
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Problem converting pdf to eps - grey hue (using Pixelmator and Inkscape)

I am not a graphic designer at all, but a science grad student. I need to submit figures to a journal in .eps format, they do not accept. pdf. When I try to convert my .pdf files to .esp, different ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rotate illustrator canvas and contents?

Is there a way to rotate the canvas in illustrator 90 degrees? It's pdf format. I've tried the Artboard tool (Ctrl/Command + O) I found an answer regarding this: Illustrator opens PDFs rotated 90 ...

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