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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What kind of black should I use when designing for CMYK print?

My question is what kind of black should I use when printing. At the moment I use this black (split into CMYK): C:0% M:0% Y:0% K:100% It looks fine in InDesign or Illustrator but if I save a PDF ...
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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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How to open a multiple page PDF file as artboards in Illustrator CS6

I'm trying to open a PDF file with 7 pages and need to adjust each page in Illustrator CS6. How do I open the PDF file in one single AI files with all artboards within it?
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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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Best way to send layouts with editable text to writers/editors who don't have design software

Here's a common design workflow problem, probably most relevant to in-house designers, but also to agencies who have a lot of non-design writing or research staff, or freelancers who work with in-...
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Saving Multiple Pages as PDF in Photoshop

How to save Multiple pages as a single Portable Document Format document in Photoshop.
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How can I combine multiple PDF files into one?

I have made my CV using Photoshop CS5.1 (3 separate files) and need to convert it to a single PDF file. I've done it before using a free download but can't remember what it was...does anybody know? Or ...
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Why is my PDF so huge?

This site seemed like the best match for my question. So I'm about to graduate college, and I made a nice resume in Word. I used a kind of fancy tabling system that took me forever (I had no idea ...
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Why are PDF/X files better than “standard” PDFs?

I have a friend who is also a graphic designer, has little experience in prepress, but has a nice portfolio and seems to have a good knowledge of using the Adobe products. I can't dismiss his opinion ...
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Saving Illustrator as PDF without the hidden layers

We have roughly 55 cards that all have the exact same text. The titles and backgrounds differ among the cards. So I've made just one AI with the different backgrounds and all the text as one copy in a ...
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is there a way to add hyperlinks in a Illustrator document?

I am creating a CV in Illustrator and exporting it to a PDF. I just read an article which stated that it is a good idea that we use hyperlinks in the CV so that the employer can just click and not ...
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Endnotes in InDesign: Closest thing to a pain-free, flexible workflow?

It's an age-old complaint: up to and including CS6, InDesign supports footnotes, but not endnotes. Documents, books, reports etc aren't going to stop needing endnotes because Adobe don't support them. ...
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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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Open source software capable of open Sketch files

I have received several .sketch files from a graphic designer. I assume these files were created by SketchApp, which is a propietary software. Since I don't need to edit the files, but merely review ...
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How to print photographic postcard/business cards

I'd like to produce my own double-sided mini post cards/business cards from my photos at 3x4" on 80 pound coated stock. I used to send them to a print shop with odd-number front page, even number ...
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Export multiple SVG files generated with Inkscape to multiple PDF files

I have around 150 SVG files created in Inkscape. Is there is a utility that can export all of these to multiple PDF or PNG files? Exporting individually is too time consuming, so I was wondering if ...
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Export: Copy text from pdf without line breaks

There are some PDF out in the wild where every line of text seems to be hardcoded so when I copy a text block everything comes with it: Line breaks and even "-" separators. My questions is: How do I ...
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What is the average pixel size for human writing?

While creating a form in .pdf format it occurred to me that I did not know or see where to get stats on what the average human pt or px size is for writing. Typically I would just design what ...
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Opening PDF in Illustrator breaks up text objects

I recently had to convert some PDF files to SVG, and did this by opening the PDF in Illustrator, and saving out to SVG. The issue was that when Illustrator opened the pdf, many (but not all) text ...
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How to print a PDF with large pages onto multiple smaller sheets of paper?

I have a PDF file containing a map with a page size of A0. How do I print it on A4 or A3 as tiles, which I can then stick together?
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Placed image doesn't show when saving as PDF

I am using Illustrator 17.1.0 to prepare some scientific figures. I have two layers: the bottom one has some placed PDF figures and the top one has annotations. When saving this as a PDF, the placed ...
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small lines when printing to PDF from Illustrator

I have an Illustrator file that's behaving strangely when I print it to PDF. Basically, it adds small lines around shapes; I included a zoomed-in screenshot. If I save the file as PDF, the lines ...
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CMYK JPEGs extracted from PDF appear inverted

I am having to deal with CMYK JPEGs extracted from a PDF source. The PDFs were created with Photoshop. The problem is that Photoshop stores JPEG CMYK data in PDF/EPS using "normal" values, whereas in ...
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Why won't a font allow embedding in a .pdf? Will it print right anyway?

When I export to PDF from InDesign I keep getting this error message: "This font could not be embedded due to licensing...The PDF will not be created if the glyphs cannot be represented." Yet the ...
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In Inkscape, can I link to a pdf/svg instead of embedding its content?

I am using Inkscape as a canvas to layout existing PDF/SVG/PNG plots that I have made in Python, and then add some details and text to the overall figure. When I import the PDF/SVG files via File >&...
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How to create a PDF which has a background that does not print

Is there a way to create a PDF file that shows a background color or image when viewed in Acrobat Reader, but when printed that background does not get printed by default? Ideally, this would happen ...
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Can I just save files as a PDF from Illustrator?

I use illustrator a lot and I'm always exporting PDFs. Since the PDF is a "save as" rather than an export, I end up editing the PDF and saving out. This causes version conflicts. Could I just work in ...
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Adobe Illustrator is making my PDFs HUGE! Why?

I received a pdf of about 1Mb, with 6 pages. I opened each page, one at a time, in Illustrator, changed some text, then saved, so it saved back to the original PDF. After 6 pages of minor text changes,...
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How to embed a color profile into a PDF with Inkscape?

I'm using Inkscape v. 0.91 under Linux Slackware, compiled from the source with the default options. The printing service I use requires the "ISO Coated v2 300% (ECI)" color profile, which I have in ...
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Check image compression used in PDF document?

Is it possible to find out what compression algorithms have been used for images in a PDF document?
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Converting PDF from RGB to CMYK with freeware or OSS

I print marketing regularly at my job, and everything is sent to us as PDFs. The problem is, the color profile is always set to RGB, and the resulting prints look terrible and don't match the colors ...
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How do I combine PNGs into a PDF without losing quality?

I have a few hundred high-res PNGs I'd like to combine into a 200+ page PDF using only lossless compression on the images that are becoming the pages of the PDF. But when using Adobe Acrobat's '...
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Why are my printed colors duller than expected?

Basically, I've designed a booklet on Photoshop CC. It's an informational booklet so it's quite vibrant with lots of colours and pictures in it. I've finished it and exported all the files into PDF ...
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How to keep the text in vector in Photoshop without rasterizing it or flattening the layers when exporting to PDF?

After many tests in all kind of PDF presets, I couldn't figure out how to keep the text layers as vector and still have the quality of InDesign without using it. Everything I tried was rasterizing ...
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How to change PDF text encoding ? (ANSI to UNICODE)

I have this problem with a PDF I am trying to copy the text from... I have this text in a pdf and I need to insert in into a HTML page, the problem is that when I copy the text some of the letters(the ...
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How to avoid rich blacks on inkjet?

I'm printing a short-run of labels at home on my Epson Inkjet. I have a CMYK pdf I've exported from Illustrator. No rich blacks, no color conversion when creating the pdf, Appearance of Black: both ...
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PDF from InDesign looks correct but prints bounding boxes around effects and transparencies on SOME printers

When I export my newsletter from InDesign to PDF, the resulting PDF, including all transparent graphics, rasters and effects look great on screen. When I print the PDF to a plotter (Canon IPF8300), ...
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InDesign Spread Pagination

I have created an 8 page brochure with InDesign and exported a PDF for my print guy. At the moment the pages are exported as: 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8 But for print he'd like them formatted like this: 8-...
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Why is PDF much larger than PNG for a vector design?

Following Safe size for printing image from browser, I saved my Illustrator file with vector drawings as a PDF. It weighs three times more than the PNG export of the same file at 300 ppi, 4.2 MB ...
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What exactly is a presentation or pitch deck?

I have seen these terms in different places, so when a client is requesting a presentation or pitch deck to be delivered, does that mean a Powerpoint file specifically, or it can also imply a PDF?
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How to export layers to pages of a pdf file in Photoshop CS5

I need to save each layer of my psd document as a page in a multi-page PDF file (or as a single-page PDF file each as I can combine them later). File->save as->PDF works for 1 layer at a time, but I ...
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How do I keep file sizes down when editing PDFs?

I have a set of white label PDF forms that I need to brand for our company. The initial document is 6 pages, 316KB, and already has a full set of fillable fields. In a perfect world, I just open up ...
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PDF Design - A one size fits all devices solution

I was wondering if anyone has a common method or document ratio they use every time they design content for pdf use, so it looks the best it possibly can on different sized devices? Example - Say ...
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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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Converting a PDF that has multiple pages per page into all single pages

I recently started a project converting a magazine's PDFs into a digital reader app. Up until now, the PDFs that were given to me were all set up so that each page of the magazine was a separate ...
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Photoshop vector smart object opening in Preview instead of Illustrator?

In Photoshop CC (version 19) on the Mac, I have a smart object vector graphic layer. Double-clicking the layer to edit the vector graphic, opens it in Preview (Mac) because, presumably, it thinks it's ...
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How to fix transparency issue in pdf output from Inkscape?

I'm creating some histograms for use in a scientific article, The final figure is supposed to be a few graphs, each with two sets of data plotted showing how similar they are. In my example, I used ...
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A3 indesign file, wanting to export to A4 PDF how?

I'm sure this can be done, just cant figure out how. I'm needing to export my portfolio as a pdf but my indesign document is a3, i see no option to chose the size. Any help? Thanks
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Issues with Pantone Colours in InDesign

I have the branding guidelines in PDF format (so viewing on screen) for an organisation with the specific Pantone Colours displayed alongside their code. Now when I add swatches for these Pantone ...
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Photoshop PSD to PDF: Best Program/Settings

So I purchased a CV template, which came as a multi layered PSD file, which I edited in Photoshop and now want to convert/save as PDF. Photoshop has this option, but I am not sure what are the best ...

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