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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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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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How to reduce PDF which is large because of texts in it?

I have an 80 pages PDF document which doesn't contain images. Vector shapes, flat colors (4-5 pf them) and text. When i export it without reducing it is 153 MB. I tested at one page to see what ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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PDF document with cover sheet for duplex printing

Is there a way to have a multi-paged PDF document with a cover sheet that will be printed on a physical page with the back empty even when the user selects "duplex" (print on both sides of each page)? ...
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Delete specific layers in all PDF documents (batch)

I have around two hundred wedding name cards and the design is the same, except the name on it changes. I managed to change the names automatically via .csv list + Illustrator batch actions. Quite few ...
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How can I efficiently detect all pages with different dimensions in a PDF?

It's doubtless too unproductive to open "the Page Thumbnails pane on the left", and eyeball each page's dimensions. In the screenshot below, all pages have the same dimensions from page 575 onwards, ...
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Illustrator - Open a PDF and keep layers?

I've created a layered PDF with java and when I tried to open it in Illustrator I figured out that Illustrator does not use these layers. They are there in Acrobat and Indesign, but Illustrator ...
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How can I create a larger page-size copy of a PDF document?

I have a PDF/X4 printer ready file for an A3 poster, and have had already printed 2500 copies at a commercial digital print shop in Europe. Went very well. Now I want to have some A0 plastic tarps (...
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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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Hairlines vs weird gradients, or: How to save vector graphics for electronic PDFs?

Edit: I was able to make the output look a little bit better (not perfect). For anyone finding this from web searches, here's what I did: To remove the hairlines I used the X-4 PDF settings. The ...
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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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White Background showing as Grey when exporting from indesign to PDF

I have an image in Photoshop that is on a white background. I've imported it into Indesign and added type. When exporting it as a PDF to send on to my client, the white background is showing as a ...
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Use PDF editor for book publishing (including conversion to PDF/X)

I know that there is dedicated software for book publishing, such as Affinity Publisher, Adobe Indesign, and so on, but I have used for a certain project LaTeX, which would produce a PDF. Since most ...
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Exporting in pdf hillshade on maps

I have a svg open street map, with hillshade. If I open it on Inkscape, and export in pdf format, it export all the streets, label etc..., but not the hillshade. If I use the option "export in png ...
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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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How to “decompile” a picture in pdf

I’m trying to prepare the materials for an open laptop examination. The notes are given in pdf and the key factor to doing well is navigation skills. I’m on a mac and I’m usually viewing these slides ...
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In a Print-Ready PDF, does the Printer who receives file need to have all the fonts on their machine?

I have a design for an ad that I've done for someone as a favour (I do a lot of web graphics work in Adobe Illustrator, but haven't done print work up until now). When I send them a print-ready PDF, ...
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Does mrserge's answer still work if I convert all spots to RGB, rather than CMYK?

Please read mrserge's answer and the question there before reading this question. mrserge answered What we will do: convert everything to CMYK, then replace specific CMYK value with other and we ...
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Batch find and replace text in multiple PDFs

Ive got a folder with 100's of 1 page PDFs. The PDFs all have a footer in them, in which there is a typo. I want to essentially run a batch find and replace across all the PDFs to fix the typo. ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Missing fonts in PDF created and saved in Illustrator — not outlines, the actual fonts [duplicate]

I have a PDF that is editable in Illustrator. I have to open the PDF in Illustrator and edit individual parts of the document but I am missing the font that is used in the PDF. When I open the PDF in ...
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Making a pdf machine readable with illustrator

I work as UX designer, as such I have a CV which I've designed in Adobe Illustrator. I think its a very nice CV design. It has a good data flow, its readable, its well sectioned, etc... for human ...
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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 ...