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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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Customizing CMYK Halftone Screens in PDF Files

I am looking for a way to adjust the halftone screens of each color channel in CMYK PDF files using Python. I would like to enhance the perceived print resolution of the files using techniques such as ...
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Large PDF with Background Shadow

I have a fairly large pdf file that is a scan and it has a background shadow from a poor scanning job. I want to remove the shadow and found online tools such as screenwritr and pdffiller but they ...
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How do I print this PDF with the A1 dimensions?

https://jordanm.co.uk/downloads/LifeCalendar.pdf I have to print the above PDF for an assignment. When I download the PDF and look at the properties, 420 × 594 mm (portrait) is stated. I want an A1 (...
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Export Layer Comp to PDF/X

When saving a Photoshop file as a PDF, you get the option to select a preset to prepare it for print. It shows right before doing the actual save and allows to pick PDF/X-1a:2001, required by many ...
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layers hidden when saving to .pdf from illustrator

When "saving as" an illustrator file (with multiple layers) to .pdf, only the varnish and gloss layers are present. Looks like text and images are buried behind image. Working file sent to ...
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Help with a Macro for Corel Draw

Can anybody help me with a macro? I want to save as PDF a multiple page facing page booklet from Corel draw but CorelDraw 2020 not save as Printer's spread mode. I want a macro what can arrange the ...
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Excessively large PDFs when converting from SVGs

Here is what I tried: Save this maths formula from Wiki as SVG Open the SVG in Adobe Illustrator Save it as PDF (File / Save as / Format PDF) I noticed that the file size of the PDF is 60x times ...
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Scribus – can I export facing pages combined?

I have created a document with facing pages. It’s for a foldable flyer with four flyer-pages in total, each in A5 format. The printer shop does the folding for me, but expects the input document to ...
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Is it possible to merge a facing pages layout with a Non-facing pages layout in a PDF?

I need to insert a facing pages PDF document into a single pages PDF document, is it possible to do this and keep the structure of both? This means that the result should be one document in which you ...
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GIMP Gray borders Fill with BG Color in PDF exported file

In GIMP I dont these see borders. The same when I export jpg or png. Only PDF give me these ugly borders. I have selected area with the select tool, then I clicked right mouse button->edit->fill ...
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Change the form of the artboard (Illustrator or Indesign) and save it as PDF without background

I want to create a PDF for a customer in which each page has a different shape than a quadrangle. It should be a PDF-file without a background (also no grid or no white background). In the end each ...
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Font/Type fill-rule issue with intersecting shapes in InDesign PDFs

With some fonts in InDesign (in this case, HEX Franklin), the PDFs that are exported show weird rendering issues (see screenshot). I tried reading up on this, but couldn't find a clear answer as to ...
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How I can export pdf file in .cdr. (File made in adobe photoshop)

As printer guy said he needs .cdr file for printing. I have coral but, don't know how to use coral draw. Please help me. This is very big problem to me right now. Anyone know easiest way to solve this ...
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Is there a way to edit or import List Items from/to a Combo Box in InDesign?

I'm currently working on translating an interactive PDF in InDesign and I am wondering if there is a way to edit already written List Items instead of having to delete and adding new ones each time I ...
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Illustrator PDF: When to tick "Use Document Bleed Settings"?

If saving a PDF from Illustrator, when should one enable the "Use Document Bleed Settings" option? And in what cases should one leave this option disabled? The reason I ask is, we leave some ...
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Created Tiled Print Layouts with Page Overlap in CorelDraw 2021

I draft sewing patterns in CorelDraw 2021 and I'm attempting to create an 8.5" x 11" paper size tiled PDF that has some overlap with the pages to the right and underneath...for those who don'...
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How to split-view a single pdf in Acrobat so that two non-consecutive pages are side-by-side?

Question: How can I split a document so I can view one full page of the document on the left and a different page on the right? Background: I have a document with portrait-oriented pages, and want to ...
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Can I use interactive buttons in InDesign to display "answer"?

Our job ticketing system at work is super inefficient for what we do, so I'm trying to make a job ticket that allows us to check a few boxes and copy/paste any relevant details. I used check boxes for ...
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Batch printing PDFs different amount of times

Is there a way to do a batch print where you can specify how often the respective pdfs have to be printed. like print the first pdf 100 times, the second 80 and the third only 5 times. Maybe with an ...
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How to test what your PDF looks like without installed (special) fonts

I remember that Adobe Acrobat used to allow to switch between a view of your document based on installed and embedded fonts and a view based on embedded fonts only. That option no longer seems to be ...
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How do I create a new copy of a signed PDF without signatures to make a template?

I cannot find anything on this that is helpful. Mostly it is about removing your own signatures to edit a PDF. We have a PDF file that was signed, and the people who signed it have left the company. ...
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Batch applying adjustments using photoshop while cleaning scanned documents

I have pdf files (books/documents) scanned with background. Today I was able to clean them properly that they look like a proper pdf document. I did so with Adobe Photoshop Elements but it required me ...
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Need to merge multiple MSG files into PDF

I have about 900 .msg (email) files. I need to convert them all to 1 single PDF file. How can one do this using Adobe Acrobat, or some other software? Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this, ...
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Why does my Inkscape export PDF look different from original SVG file?

Why is stroke in my exported PDF black while it's gray in Inkscape? This is how it looks in Inkscape: However, the exported PDF stroke become black inside: How can I fix this? Here is my Inkscape ...
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How to quickly soften dark colors for printing?

My energy provider goes around bragging about how green they are. However, their invoices are using some combination of colors that prevents me to quickly print it with minimal ink. Until now, I used ...
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How do you place a multi-page PDF into only 1 page in 1 spread InDesign?

I'm trying to place a 90 page pdf (document size is 40x40mm) onto 1 sheet (1 page). Should look like a grid. Is there any way to do this? a script maybe? Thanks.
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Best macOS software for very large vectors

I want to build very large and detailed vectors to be used as map-like interfaces (via PDF viewers). macOS Preview for viewing allows you to zoom to 30x (3000%). I tried web based Figma, but this ...
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Will a PDF imported and rasterized in GIMP at 500 DPI lose quality when exported back to PDF?

Suppose I have a single-page 5x8 PDF with text on it, exported from LaTeX. If I import this PDF into GIMP at 500 DPI, then export it as a PDF, will this process make it show any loss of its original ...
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How to get two text fields in interactive PDF to show same entered text - Indesign?

I am creating an Interactive PDF from InDesign and I need to link the contents of two text fields: I need one interactive text field to be able to accept a typed value, then a second field that is in ...
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Color inconsistent when exporting to PDF from InDesign

Whenever I export these tables from InDesign to a PFD file, shaded rows appear as different colors, even though they are exactly matching in the original file. Is there are way to fix this? Color ...
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Issue with export from Illustrator [duplicate]

I wanted to export my work in PDF from illustrator, but I have a problem my lines of the flower are very visible I don't know how to do it for make it smooth. I don't know my be it's normal. you can ...
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Appending PDF pages respecting color profile and symbols

I am about to order custom playing cards from a manufacturer. The directions are: FRONTS AND BACKS (ONE SINGLE MULTIPAGE PDF FILE IN SEQUENCE FRONT/BACK FRONT/BACK) When uploading: Convert text to ...
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How do I restrict all of a PDF's editability EXCEPT for extracting and moving around pages?

I am starting to sell digital PDFs, and I want my customers to be able to move pages around between PDF files they have and customize them, but I don't want anyone trying to edit individual elements ...
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Inkscape: How to automatically remove background and export to PDF

I frequently export plots which I generated in MATLAB to PDF files, which I then would like to use in LaTeX. However, MATLAB always puts two white backgrounds to every export. So in order to fix this, ...
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Illustrator: Saving CMYK document to PDF, color change to RGB

I am having a strange problem. I double-checked, and my document is set to CMYK, and I am using a specific ICC profile as well. I have some other documents where I am doing the same. Oddly, I thought ...
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Printed PDF has black box instead of shadow

We received a PDF from our client to forward it to the printing house (I hope that is the correct english term, I'm talking about offset print) and later we combine the printed result with our product....
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Export Artboards as Multiple, Multi-Page PDFs in Illustrator

I know that it is possible to export individual artboards all as separate PDFs in Illustrator, but I need to group some of the artboards together and I can't find a good solution. At the moment, I'm ...
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JSL Ancient gets destroyed when printing on HP Color Laserjet Pro M454

When I print a document using the JSL Ancient True Type font, on the PDF it looks perfect, but when printed it gets destroyed, the shape of some characters mostly capital letters like Q, C, N, O, E, N,...
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Ai to PDF - Don't include portion of images hidden by clipping mask

I have created an AI file that contains images that have portions hidden by clipping masks. When I save this AI file as a PDF file, the PDF file contains the full images. Is there a way to save to PDF ...
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Figma PDF export order

When I use the Export frames to PDF, I cannot find the way to order the frames as wanted. They seem to be exported in the order they were created. Any idea on how to change that?
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How to deal with lost pdf figure in eps file?

I am making a figure which includes several subfigures with adobe illustrator. Some of the subfigures are copied & pasted from .pdf files, which include a figrue, respectively. However, after ...
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SEO friendly photos

In an e-commerce website/platform where we get photos from our customers (their personal photo and PDF files), we want to make the photos SEO friendly. Should we ask our customers/users to use JPG ...
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Why are my export files different from my Indesign artboards? [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out why on my exported files, some pages have crossed over onto each other. They are outside the bleed line so I expect them to be trimmed however, some tutorials, etc do not have ...
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Create pdf or eps (mostly vector) graphic with wacom tablet

I would like to add some graphics to a Latex presentation using a wacom graphics tablet. I would like to use vector graphics, so the pdf output will stay small and look good in every resolution (if I ...
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Interactive Forms (Indd > PDF) Placeholder text in interactive form text field

I do not believe that placeholder text (populated in a form's text field before PDF export) is currently an option. Anyone know any workarounds (bar manual inputting via Acrobat). Surprisingly, it ...
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How to concurrently, productively change all gray color in all headings and subheadings in this PDF?

Screen shot of PDF below. Do not ask me to manually change the gray color in each heading and subheading individually — too much time and work! I hanker change to #4DFFFF — CMYK = 70, 0, 0, 0. I am ...
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Layperson friendly software or filetype for editable/formatted form?

I'm designing a sales flyer for a client, that needs to be contain editable text and image boxes, while maintaining the integrity of the layout I've designed. The client does not have any Adobe ...
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Design an interactive template with image upload option

I'm assuming this is impossible but worth asking - I'm trying to create a template for HR - a digital employee card - with form fields to fill in the employee's name/title/etc. as well as an image ...
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Issue with export to PDF from Illustrator

I have some issues while exporting my PDF file from Adobe Illustrator. While I made it, I used shape gradient to do this sort of lines. But if you look at the pictures, the problem is very visible. ...
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GIMP 2.10: PDF Export: How to export each layer GROUP as a new page?

GIMP can export each layer as a new page[*]… but is there a way to do it based on group layers instead? Alternative trick: Flatten each layer group before printing using Merge Layer Group… without ...

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