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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How to place multi-page PDF into InDesign

I have 250-page PDF file, which I would like to place into InDesign. Do I have to place each page separately, or is there a way to do all of them at once?
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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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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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InDesign CS6 quality difference “Export to PDF” vs “Print Booklet”?

Using InDesign CS6, I regularly create booklets of anywhere from 8, 12, 16 to 32 pages for offset printing. For this I typically use the Print Booklet module, set to create a PDF file at Press ...
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Compress large PDF files in Illustrator

I have a large PDF file (5 MB+) which is generated from a large dataset. The amount of details in the plot are very fine, which makes it nearly impossible to handle in Illustrator. I want to ...
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InDesign CS4 or CS5: How do I export tiles to a PDF?

Let's say I have a document which is 30 inches by 30 inches. My printer is 11x17. I need to print tiles. Let's also say that the printer is attached to a computer which doesn't have InDesign, but ...
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Illustrator opens PDFs rotated 90 degrees. Why, and how do I deal with it?

As I open a PDF file in Illustrator CS6, it displays it rotated 90 degrees CW. If I rotate the artboard and content back to normal for editing and save it, Acrobat Reader displays the file rotated 90 ...
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Create pdf with external images

I wan't to create a pdf ready for print with an external logo file so that we can easily print many versions of the same pdf with different logos. Is anyone aware of any way you can keep an image ...
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How to reduce the size of a PDF with embed fonts (Calibri)

I need to reduce a PDF form's size to at least 500 KB from 1,117 KB. A client gave me this form already created and they just have to use Calibri as a company standard. I am aware that Calibri is ...
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Illustrator invoice to client useable PDF

I have designed an invoice in Illustrator CS6 - boxes and details that remain constant. Is it possible to convert it to an editable PDF which my client can edit customer details, sales and prices, ...
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How to export logo to be used in Word

I have finished my artwork in Illustrator. It is a logo for my company. It is a horizontal rectangle. I am ready for exporting it so I can use it as part of the header in my Word template. I have got ...
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How can I simultaneously darken all black text in a PDF of an old scanned book?

I prefer a free solution that uses just Adobe Acrobat or Reader. If other software is necessary, I have GIMP. I don't have Adobe Photoshop. It's doubtless too unproductive for me to edit each page; ...
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Why isn't the 'Map colors' fixup removing a gray background?

Why's step 5 failing for this PDF (click here to download the original)? As you can see beneath, the gray background remains. Steps 3 and 4 succeeded though: here's the resulting PDF.
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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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Graphic in PDF gets “messed up” by Adobe Reader

I designed a big front-cover for a magazine in Photoshop. I put the PNG into an ODT-Open-Office-File and then save it as a PDF. When I view it with Adobe Reader ... It seems to be a display-problem!?...
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Can I Put my logo on an outputted PDF?

I create designs and then export to PDF and give them to the printers, but what I would like to do is to put our company logo on there, but not in the printable area. I know I can put the file name ...
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inDesign document becomes “unsaved” after pdf export

just wondering if I'm going crazy or there's a legitimate reason for this. Whenever I pop open an inDesign document and export it to PDF, my document becomes "unsaved" as if I did changes to it. ...
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Is SVG conversion to PDF lossless and deterministic?

Assuming an SVG is converted to PDF vector paths. Deterministic: Will program A (e.g. Inkscape) produce the same PDF for a given SVG as program B (e.g. Ghostscript)? Lossless: In the same program, ...
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Purpose of InDesign spread bleeding onto facing page?

I have a book layout established with a 3mm bleed on all four sides and several full-page photographs used throughout. I understand that many have issues with the treatment of bleeds when exporting a ...
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Print booklet like in Adobe InDesign for PDF files?

I use the print booklet feature in Adobe InDesign to print little booklets. I actually then slice the booklet down the middle to have convenient half-size pages printed front and backside. Works ...
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Quality loss when PDF opened in Preview

I just saved an .ai file as a .pdf and opened it afterwards to check size and quality. This is when I noticed the saved file was lower in both color and resolution, than the original .ai file. After ...
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PDF has white background when exported from Illustrator

I'm saving an Illustrator CS6 file as a PDF. The file has a transparent background, however when exported as a PDF and dropped into InDesign the file has a white background. I've tried saving the ...
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how to import a mathematical equation in Corel Draw X5

I have a problem I could not solve. I am doing a poster in Corel Draw X5, and as it is a physics poster, I need to put mathematical equations in it. The Corel built in text editor is just completely ...
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Replacing non consecutive pages from one (InDesign exported) pdf file to another

From single document in InDesign I export 2 pdf files. First pdf file contains all pages as grayscale, second pdf document contains only colour pages. Color pages pdf document carries information ...
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How to save Multiple pages as a single PDF?

In my CS6 version of Photoshop there doesn't appear to be a way to save multiple pages to a single PDF. How can I do this in Photoshop?
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How do I export a complicated floorplan and ductwork from CAD to Adobe Illustrator in vector format (without freezing/crashing Illustrator)?

I've tried lowering the quality of the plot in CAD but that makes the curves so bad it's unusable. Every time I try and open the exported file in Illustrator it takes forever and if/when it loads if I ...
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InDesign - exporting PDF and viewing it in proof colours?

I exported a PDF from InDesign CS5 - it worked well, no issues with the program or the output of the PDF. My problem relates to color - this area's fairly new to me. My OS is Mac OS X 10.6.7 Snow ...
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Looking for a way to create a White logo on translucent background that will be viewable in preview?

I'm delivering a package of logos (saved as .pdf), some of which are white on transparent background. When opened in preview or finder, the files appear blank because those applications default to ...
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Why do table borders in a PDF look like they don't align properly?

I've noticed this behavior in a few different PDFs created by a few different programs (including InDesign). This only occurs when zoomed out. When you zoom in, the border looks correct. It looks ...
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White lines appearing in 3D extruded text

I just began learning illustrator so please excuse my ignorance. I created this design in illustrator: My question pertains to the cause and fix of the white lines appearing on the text: I exported ...
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Can you create interactive pdf with changing images on mouseover?

Is it possible to produce pdf files with InDesign that have interactive images on them? For example, the initial appearance of the image is black/white but once the mouse touches it, it changes to a ...
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How do I automatically add a margin to every even page?

I'm hoping this is the best community for this - Whilst not directly graphical, I'm thinking it is related to a print option in Adobe Acrobat, but, I can't seem to find it. I have a bunch of bank ...
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Colour difference between Ai file print and PDF file print

I am launching an online stationery business whereby I design stationery for clients who can print the products in their home or at a printers (My remote locate means that I am unable to offer the ...
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Merge Point Text Objects Into One Text Area In Illustrator

After importing from PDF I have several single line point text objects which I want to convert to one multiline text area object. Currently I have several lines of text represented as separate point ...
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Is it possible to add a field/button to a pdf that allows a user to insert an image using Reader?

A client of mine wants to be able to edit text and add images to a PDF. I've set the text fields but struggling with adding images. I've created a button that runs JavaScript to add a PDF but can this ...
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Adobe Acrobat Pro X can't use font for text field, which Indesign 6 can

I've exported an InDesign 6 (on Mac OSX) file to PDF (not for print, but for interactive), the PDF file has embedded several subfonts of Helvetice Neue already used in the InDesign 6 (on Mac OSX) ...
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How to send tiled pages to virtual printer in DIN A0 Format with default margins?

My problem is closely connected to my old problem here, however it is a new question so I open a new thread. The problem is that I am able to split my large pdf file into smaller DIN A0 and send it to ...
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How to reduce the number of MB in a pdf file using Illustrator CC?

I'm creating a postcard (6 X 4 in) using Adobe Illustrator CC. When attempting to upload it to the printing company, the .pdf file is too large to upload. They will only accept 12MB. I don't know how ...
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Why's there no CMYK value in 'Output Preview', after I executed the fixup to 'Convert All Spots to CMYK'?

Please see the combined screenshot beneath; I see no CMYK values? I'm trying to fulfill step 4: Scroll to the page 22, as this is the first page with background fill you want to get rid of. ...
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Batch processing each page of .pdf in Photoshop

I have a 100-something paged .pdf file, and I want to apply the same operation to each page: 1- select blacks with a certain fuzziness 2- erase background 3- copy the layer with blacks, blur, merge ...
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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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