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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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Is there a way to auto set alt tags on images in PDFs with Acrobat Pro?

We're creating pdfs of images in acrobat pro using create pdf ->combine files. The files we are using are all large file images that have been fully marked up in adobe bridge. We need these PDFs to ...
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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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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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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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pdf: are CID Type 0C fonts better than Type 1 fonts?

For years, I took care to only have Type 1 fonts in the PDF produced by LaTeX. Now switching to LuaLaTex, I realize that LuaLaTex uses by default "CID Type 0C". Example output of pdffonts: name ...
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InDesign: TAC of sRGB photos exceeds ink limit - does this cause issues when encapsulated in a PDF-X/3 document for print?

I'm using InDesign and I am exporting a photo book for an online printing service (Blurb) in PDF/X-3 (I use unaltered an Export profile that they provided). In the Output tab of the Export Adobe PDF ...
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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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Modifying plain PDF to introduce interactive elements

I have a 70 page PDF that I would like to modify to make elements interactive. For instance I would like to intruduce a contents page that links to other pages and links within the rest of the ...
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Export of Indesign page thumbnails to PDF xmp metadata

This is a technical question about InDesign/PDF XMP metadata. I'm trying to build a simple document indexer in PHP, making use of XMP information in the files indexed; i.e. PDF:s exported from ...
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Inkscape: Export SVG to LaTeX-PDF preserving text positioning

I am using Inkscape to export .svg files to LaTeX-PDF using the following command: inkscape --without-gui --file="<file>.svg" --export-pdf="<file>.pdf" --export-latex It generates a pdf ...
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How to change the resolution of a PDF

I have several hundred PDF files that I'm uploading to Docusign which will be turned into templates and then used for eSigning. The problem is that the resolution of these PDF files is too low, as you ...
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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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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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Insert PDF into Word results in pixelation/blurriness on Windows, but not MacOS?

When I try to place pdf files (created by Adobe Illustrator or elsewhere) into a Microsoft Word document, then on my Macbook Pro Laptop, I can simply drag and drop the file into a word document. This ...
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Typical page size for jpeg converted to pdf in Acrobat

I'm trying to use Adobe Acrobat to convert several images taken with my phone to a pdf document for ease of sharing. I have selected the "Smaller File Size" option from Acrobat's Combine ...
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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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PDF export in Illustrator: Control which images to compress

I have several Illustrator files that have multiple embedded bitmap images. Some are photos and some are detailed line art. When exporting to PDF, it is possible to control downsampling and ...
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How can I color 4 different headings in a black-and-white PDF simultaneously?

Click to download the PDF. Ought the little-known publisher have lessened the file size from 253 MB? Anyway, how can I color only the 4 different headings most methodically and quickly? Coloring each ...
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Text cut off when saving as Photoshop PDF

I have been having an issue lately when trying to save a A4 size document in Photoshop to PDF. When i save the document, some text on my PDF have the top and bottom of the text cut off making the ...
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Acrobat is creating files starting with "magick-" What are these?

I just noticed today that in every folder where I have PDFs, there are also a random number of files that begin with the word "magick-" which is followed by a string of around 17 numbers, letters and ...
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PDF Print Output is Blank

I have created a Photoshop PDF in Photoshop. The PDF can be sent to my desk printer but the printer only outputs a blank page. My printer is a humble monochrome HP LaserJet P1102w. I am saving the ...
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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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Adobe Acrobat Fillable Text Form Bkg Color

I'm trying to change the bkg color of my editable text field I'm creating in Acrobat. I make the text box, right-click into Properties > Appearance > Fill Color pick a color but it doesn't register. ...
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PDF Export: Color Profile Conversion (Affinity Designer)

I am new to AD and using the current version as trial. I worked for 10 years with Illustrator but would like to switch. I need to export a PDF/X-3:2002, but it seems there is only X-1a and X-3:2003. ...
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export from Illustrator to PDF - text not selectable

We need to export a 2-page file from Illustrator CS6 to PDF. The issue is that when a user opens this PDF file (Adobe Acrobat Reader DC) they can't select any of the text (Selection tool for text and ...
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How to export InDesign file to PDF with attachments as hidden pages that pop-up in new tabs

I need to export an InDesign file to PDF with hidden pages. I know how to insert attachments into Acrobat and have new windows pop-up; and I'm wondering if there is a way to do this from InDesign ...
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InDesign export PDF: Visible non-printable layers

I try to export a document as interactive PDF with non-printing layers but they don't appear in the exported file (they are visible but non-printing). The file has to be interactive due to buttons etc....
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Any method to modify 'Page Information' slug in InDesign Output to PDF?

I'd like to try to include the filename of any linked .csv file in the data that is output by checking "Page Information" section under Marks and Bleeds when exporting to PDF in InDesign CC 2018. (...
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Images Have Different Vertical & Horizontal Resolutions in PDF

I recently got a PDF from a client that includes several images. For some strange reason, the vertical and horizontal resolution of each individual image differs. Some of them differ by a huge degree. ...
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Opening pdfs in AI without converting type to outlines

I've got a lot of pdfs that I need to open and edit in AI. All the pdfs were created on the same computer, so all fonts are available. However, while some pdfs open ok, others open with the text ...
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From a .ppt, produce many .pdf with slight variation

I have an invitation in .ppt format. The first text area starts with Hello Name,. I would like to produce 500 .pdf documents, where each .pdf differ by the Name in hello Name. The first .pdf is for my ...
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Setting up a batch action in Acrobat for adding a barcode footer to a PDF file?

I'll make a point to be as detailed as I can with this. My company does sublimation printing for retail items. To make sure items are correctly identified on the production table, each item has to ...
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PNG & PDF colors different on same printer

UPDATE: This issue has been resolved. The culprit was Acrobat DC Pro. I started noticing other issues when using the program. Did an uninstall/reinstall, and the colors are now printing perfectly. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a way to keep text elements from combining in Adobe PDF creater/editer?

I'm trying to create a fillable PDF form using Adobe Acrobat DC. I'm creating separate text elements to use as field labels (name, phone number, etc.) but they keep automatically combining with other ...
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How to import PDF to indesign while preserving interactive elements?

My company wants me to add these survey pdfs that our clients filled out in acrobat. They include checkboxes that I can't get to show up in indesign. Here is the file when I open it in acrobat: And ...
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InDesign export problem: identical PDFs from same InDesign file have very different output file sizes

I have a file in InDesign with two layers, each with a different version of the same graphic. The graphics in each layer are png files and they are basically exactly the same image except that one has ...
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How do I import multiple pdf pages into Inkscape?

I have a pdf file containing about 20 images, one image on every page. I would like to import all of them into Inkscape to create a large figure, but as far as I know, it's only possible to import one ...
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details of (Inkscape) SVG to PDF/X conversion through Scribus

I am trying to gain understanding of some of the nuances of the workflow described in Inkscape SVG → print-ready EPS/PDF workflow. The general approach is to ensure that an SVG document generated by ...
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How do I create a Word file from InDesign which recognises footnotes?

I've designed a book completely in InDesign. However, I want to delegate the job to others to continue adding to the book. It would be costly in terms of time and money to purchase and teach InDesign ...
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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 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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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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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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