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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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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 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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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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How to export an Inkscape SVG file to a PDF and maintain the integrity of the image?

Having trouble getting Inkscape to export PDFs cleanly and there don't seem to be many helpful resources out there. In particular, transparencies are difficult - sometimes the transparency will ...
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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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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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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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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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Multiple Layers in PDF

I've created a page using Inkscape and I exported it to PDF. The image has about 5 layers. The image is fine when I open it using preview - I can see all of the layers. However when I upload 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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.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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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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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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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 do I export a complicated floorplan and ductwork from CAD to Adobe Illustrator in vector format (without freezing/crashing Illustrator)?

I've tried lowering the quality of the plot in CAD but that makes the curves so bad it's unusable. Every time I try and open the exported file in Illustrator it takes forever and if/when it loads if I ...
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Why are imported PDFs blurry in InDesign?

I'm creating a magazine in Indesign and have pdf ads that I imported and placed all throughout the magazine. The pdf ads are crisp and clear in their original format, but when I place them in Indesign,...
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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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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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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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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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When SVG is generated as PDF text is indented but rest of drawing isn't

We have template SVG drawings which have tags on the drawing to be replaced by text when the drawing is generated. Whenever it is generated as an SVG, it is ok, but when it is exported to a pdf, the ...
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How to set 300 dpi resolution in embedded image in svg vector image

I have SVG vector image with embedded raster image i need to set resolution for embedded raster image as 300 dpi resolution using command line.
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In Inkscape, how do I add a white background in command line mode?

in short, I tried for f in `ls *.pdf`; do inkscape -z --export-background=ffffff --export-background-opacity=1.0 --export-plain-svg=${f}.svg $f; done It throws no errors, produces SVG files, but ...
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Why convert to CMYK with the Map, spot, process colors' Fixup?

I'm using Adobe Acrobat to change colors in a PDF. mrserge's answer avouches 'convert everything to CMYK' by using the 'Map, spot, process colors' Fixup. Is this step truly necessary? Dietrich von ...
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Which Page Box befits cropping PDF?

Following this answer to my SuperUser post, I use Sejda to maximize the crop box without cutting any page content. But into which box ought I enter the margins? As I questioned in that post: I ...
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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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Which one of 'Convert colors' and 'Map colors' Fixups are unnecessary?

I'm using Adobe Acrobat to change colors in a PDF. Using merely 1 Fixup is obviously easier than 2. So is one Fixup a subset of the other? To wit, which is more all-encompassing? Which Fixup can I ...
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Options for controlling rendering of thin lines in PDFs?

Background: When rasterizing vector graphic images (such as PDFs), there are two common options for rendering thin lines: (1) treat them like any other elements, so they might become invisible at low ...
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How to export 2 page spread as single pages in InDesign

I purchased an InDesign template, and it has a 2 page spread: I want to export to PDF with a width of 1 page, rather than retaining the 2 page width. How do I do this? I am happy to change 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 these Acrobat fixups differ: 'Convert' vs 'Map' vs 'Map spot and process' colors?

Please see this screenshot from Acrobat DC, and explain like I'm 5.
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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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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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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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RGB to CMYK pdf using various ICC profiles: should I see the differences? [Inkscape + Ghostscript]

I've designed a poster in Inkscape 0.91 (on Linux) to have it offset-printed. The printing company requires a CMYK pdf file that uses the ISO Coated v2 (ECI) ICC profile. Inkscape does not allow ...
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Gradient stroke not appearing in PDF export file

I’m using Adobe Illustrator and I’m having an issue with a stroke, which has a custom gradient brush applied. It’s not showing up in the PDF file after I export. It shows up just fine in web ...
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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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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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Photoshop: losing quality when exporting to PDF

I have created a 1-page flyer in Photoshop at 72dpi as we are not printing this. I finished the artwork and im needing to save it to PDF, but whenever i do so the pdf version is never as good a ...
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Why is my logo looking weird in PDF when it looks fine InDesign?

I have a brochure created in InDesign, the logo I am using on it is an AI vector. It looks normal in InDesign, but when I export to PDF it looks distorted. At 400% in PDF, it looks normal but when I ...
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What is the best way to convert text to outlines?

I know convertthis is horrible and I cringe every time the printer asks. However, my team builds our files in InDesign and supplies print PDFs. The printer opens the PDFs in Illustrator or a program ...
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Missing objects when saving .svg as .pdf with Inkscape

I am using Inkscape. I have the following .svg file (here): When I choose Save as copy and .pdf, I get the following (also in previous link): I tried grouping, ungrouping and moving layers, the ...
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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 ...