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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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What could be problem, when exporting to pdf from gimp

When exporting a file from gimp to pdf format, to include in publication, the items show up with a gray border on left and right, much shorter than full-scale. I’ve checked the dimensions on pages ...
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AI to PDF, mask over photo doesn't show

I layered a gradient over a photo and masked it to create a fade. When I save the file as a PDF and place the file in an email the image doesn't show the fade. I've saved it every way I can think of ...
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Clipping mask over photo doesn't show in PDF [duplicate]

I created a design where there is a clipping mask over a photo. When I save the AI file as a pdf the full photo shows without the clipping mask. I have tried to save it a variety of different ways ...
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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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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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need help with creating/editing Interactive PDF

beforehand I apologize for my not-so accurate description and weak English. So I have designed an agreement (or contract) form with several pages in adobe Illustrator, and i want to have the last page ...
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Version 4 ICC Profiles were converted to version 2 ICC Profiles during PDF Export error Indesign

Version 4 ICC Profiles were converted to version 2 ICC Profiles during PDF Export error Indesign Context: I am currently trying to export a file from Indesign into a PDF, however, I am getting the ...
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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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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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Why is a PDF made with AI showing a faint black ghost outline around some shapes?

I am trying to help with an .ai document I did not create. It has multiple layers and when they save as PDF, a faint black outline appears behind one of the images but an inch below it--just the ...
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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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Inkscape : Export as pdf results in blank files

I used to edit and sign pdf forms using Inkscape 0.91 on Ubuntu. For the past 2 weeks, I have been unable to do it. I can import and embed pdf files in Inkscape, add text and paths, but when ...
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Exporting two pages as one in PDF file

I am designing a booklet: the print house needs the two sides of the booklet to be on a single PDF page. When exporting the PDF from Scribus, I found a way to make it such that PDF viewers display the ...
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Transparency in pdfs exports from GIMP 2.10.8

There is something I was able to do with Gimp 2.8 and not with the 2.10.8 version. In order to use some stamps in pdfs, I have to create them from scanned documents, possibly where they appear on a ...
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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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I can't Save Illustrator file as PDF

So I'm designing a 219" x 100" wall banner in Illustrator. Trying to save it as a PDF and keep getting an error box - "The dimensions of this page are out-of-range" I have no crop marks or tools ...
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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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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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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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pdf font corruption in Inkscape and Illustrator

I'm trying to edit a PDF plot exported from Mathematica, using specific font Times using the plot option BaseStyle -> {FontFamily -> "Times", FontSize -> 10}, to match with the LaTeX ...
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Gray box appears in right side of pdf file

When I save a Word document to a pdf file, I am getting a gray box on the right side of the page that I DON'T want and can't delete. Help!
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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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PDF export automatisation with different data for each document (indesign or acrobat dc)

For creating several identical invoice pdfs, I made a template in Indesign. How can I export multiple pdfs with different address fields and dates of purchase based on something like .xml .csv or .vcf?...
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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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Photoshop PDF not appearing in Save As - too large document?

I've got a banner that is 43,000px x 8,500px @96dpi done in Photoshop but the PDF option does not come up in the Save As. Only if I reduce it to 30,000px across will the Save As PDF option come up. Is ...
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Colors are washed out when editing an imported PDF in Illustrator

I was given a PDF map to recolour in Illustrator. I've added some Pantone colours to my colour library. When I assign those colours to a shape in the map, the colour is washed out. The opacity is 100% ...
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Display of an calculator like Texas Instruments or CASIO: suggestions

My question is this: I would reproduce the screen of a graphic calculator like the image below: what might be the possible solutions? I use LaTeX (related question) and I remember that there was a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Round artboard corners in Illustrator

How can I round the corners of the artboard to follow the rounded rectangle that I have covering it? (the end goal is export it as a PDF)
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Bluebeam: saving a cropped pdf without the rest of the image behind

Bluebeam 2018. Using Document > Crop Pages... to crop a single page pdf down to my requirements. I save the pdf file but it appears it just saves the entire document still with information on the ...
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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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Is it possible to change the saving preferences for PDF in Adobe Illustrator

Generally I create pdf pages in Adobe illustrator and save it as pdf with "Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities", "Embed Page Thumbnails" etc for editing it at later. But when ...
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How to greek a piece of text in a .pdf that I make in InDesign?

Is there a quick way to greek a piece of text in InDesign? As in, replace paragraphs of text with horizontal grey bars? At the moment, I'm using the Underline options to give the text I want to greek ...
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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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Intersecting Path cancel each other out in Adobe Illustrator

I have a really weird issue in Illustrator and I can't imagine that I am the only one who stumbled across this. I am trying to make a standardized icon set for use in Powerpoint. Other people working ...
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Merge multiple images horizontally in PDF

I have a bunch of folders with contents ranging from four images to fifteen images each. I am looking to create horizontal composites of each folder with the file names without extension under each ...
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“placed” Photoshop images in Illustrator - blurry when saved as .pdf?

I've edited some images in Photoshop to be used in a .pdf I'm creating in Illustrator. In PS, the images looked great and were saved with the following settings: .jpg/CMYK/Image Options: 10/Maximum. I ...
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Acrobat Pro: PDF dimensions not exact

I'm wondering for a while now: When I export a document in InDesign and view the dimensions of the pdf in Acrobat Pro, the dimensions are a little off (like ~0.002 cm). Should be 29.7 x 21 cm. When ...
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Hidden guide lines in Illustrator are included and visible in PDF after export

I am working on a Disc Makers 12 panel booklet template on Illustrator CS2. I have 6 illustrator files: front and back / 1and2 / 3and4 / 5and6 and so on. All are text only (cut and paste) with the ...
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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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PDF only with JPG photo is 7 times larger than original

I start a file in Illustrator with these settings: I save the file with these settings (no PDF compatible file): The AI file weighs 1.1 MB. I place a JPG picture from a DSLR camera which weighs 4.4 ...
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InDesign: export single pages as spreads

There seems to be a lot of guides out there on how to convert spreads to single pages in InDesign... but what about the other way round? E.g. I'm currently setting up a brochure (with facing pages) so ...
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Is there a way or software for non-designers to customize PDF design?

In the organization I work with - we often have PDFs we use for Sales that I have to customize to the client we sell to. This happens often with the same PDFs. The salesmen want the flagship document ...

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