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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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Fuzzy vector logos from InDesign to Acrobat PDF

Working in InDesign my placed vector logos from Illustrator are fuzzy after converted to PDF. Why?
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Is it a better way to design at small dimensions (say 12x16 inches instead of 36x48 inches) for print?

One of my lengthy question was marked duplicated because there were too many confusions. I believe it was clearly not a duplicate. My doubt is totally different and it is not answered there. So I'm ...
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How do I get Acrobat to recognise ALT text when using 'Create PDF from web page'?

I'm trying to create accessible PDFs directly from a web page (output via a custom page template from a the CMS I'm working with) by using Adobe Acrobat's Create PDF from Web Page feature. The results ...
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How to embed an image in a PDF such that it is greyscale?

Because printing an entire book in color is more expensive, I am trying to deliver greyscale PDFs to the printer, without success: I convert image to greyscale in Paint.net or Photoshop Elements. ...
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Can I make a HTTPS hyperlink in Indesign exportable in PDF?

Can I make a HTTPS hyperlink in Indesign exportable in PDF? I tried to add the link through the hyperlink option page, but once I export it in PDF it doesn't recognize the link.
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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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Why isn't the 'Map Colors' fixup changing text colors?

Please download the PDF and see the screenshot beneath. I'm trying to convert the book's default (C, M, Y, K) = (99%, 98%, 18%, 6%) (ie dark purple) to (90, 0, 90, 0) (green). After I click 'OK' and ...
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Clipping mask over photo doesn't show in PDF

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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Why does Photoshop decrease resolution of image when saving as PDF [closed]

I'm creating a PDF for print as a poster. I've tried several times saving my Photoshop PSD image as a PDF yet no matter what options I select (High Quality, X1A, etc. it always downsizes the ...
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How to retain text when saving as PDF? [closed]

I am having an issue when I attempt to save as PDF from Adobe Illustrator. For some reason, only a portion of my text is saving to the PDF document. I have locked all my layers, which I was under the ...
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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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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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I made a mistake on a book that is now almost done printing…What should I do?

I was working on this research book and I sent them a copy of the books (2 different versions/language) probably 4-6 times. Everything was great in the first few PDF I sent them, and then they asked ...
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Acrobat - Optimised PDF - Unembed fonts not working

I'm using Acrobat DC (version 2019.010.20098 - auto updated by Creative Cloud). I need to unembed the fonts from a PDF file that I exported from InDesign. I do this via File > Save As Other > ...
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PDF with flattened transparency / stitching / but lines are printing?

I intimately familiar with the flattened PDF / white line / stitching issue. They're screen artifacts, they won't print on press, yadda yadda. I use a variety of PDF settings, depending on where and ...
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In Illustrator, file is completely different than in Acrobat

Today, I was making a map of an interchange point for a local transit company, and I had been basically finished, but for some reason the file started completely freaking out. I exported a finished ....
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Illustrator file size PDF vs JPEG export

I've come across a weird behavior regarding the output file size when exporting/saving files from Illustrator CC. I have an image with several bitmaps (i.e. raster images/photographs) where I added ...
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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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Inkscape does not export the layer's blend mode exclusion to PDF

I followed the instructions here to fill some objects (including text) with a negative of their background: If I export this as png everything is fine. However when exporting as PDF it just shows ...
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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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How can I create a PDF file from an Inkscape SVG with multiple pages?

I have an SVG file that was created in Inkscape. It's the layout of a page for a book that is like a diary, so every page is exactly the same. The printing service that I will be using to make a hard ...
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Exporing InDesign as PDF with Copiable Text

I can't figure this one out. I want to export an InDesign file (1 page) as an interactive PDF. I also want the receive to be able to highlight and copy text, however. How can I accomplish this?
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Illustrator - pattern not saved when reopen AI and PDF file

I make several patterns by open jpeg file on illustrator and drag the photo into the swatches box and 'save swatches' out of it and then I saved all of them as 'Save Swatch Library as AI' now I ...
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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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After exporting a PDF from Illustrator, it opens as a different size in Photoshop

I have an image that I created in Illustrator and need to work with in Photoshop. The size of the artboard in Illustrator is 240cm width x 360cm height. I export to PDF, however when I open it in ...
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How to export groups to separate PDF files in Adobe Photoshop?

I have 180 groups (see image for example), each group is a different label design. I need to export each group as an individual PDF file. What is the best way to achieve this? I know how to export ...
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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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Replace many keys by values from list in PDF

I have a lot of very large PDF files where I need to replace some strings in text. These strings are listed in a mapping table where every string has its corresponding string-value to be replaced with....
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Is there a way to set a specific form field highlight color in Indesign forms?

I have designed a form with text entry fields in Indesign. When viewed as a PDF in Acrobat the field highlight color is a purplish blue (as shown in the image here). Is there any way to set the field ...
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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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Why did the fixup to 'Convert All Spots to CMYK' fail?

Why's step 3 failing for another PDF (click to download)? I didn't change anything about this fixup, since I last used it successfully in the aforementioned post (for the PDF for Criminal Law). ...
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Export Adobe Illustrator artboards to PDF in pairs

I have a document with many artboards, and I need to repeatedly export artboards in pairs as 2-page PDFs. Each one is a front/back page of a brochure. For example, artboards1-2.pdf, artboards3-4.pdf, ...
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Is there any way to make a PDF with a form and text entry fields directly from a Google slides presentation?

My client wants me to create a pdf with editable fields from a Google Slides presentation slide. Is this possible?
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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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Hide a typo letter in an image in a pdf file

I have a typo legend in an image in my pdf file. There is an extra "t" at the end of the legend. Unfortunately, I cannot reproduce the correct image. How can I remove that "t" in my pdf?
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How can I change the background color, if it's the same as the color of headings, if they differ in a PDF?

This question featured a PDF where the heading and background colors had different CMYK values, but what if they had the same CMYK values? Then how can I change only the background color, withotu ...
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How do these Acrobat fixups differ: 'Convert' vs 'Map' vs 'Map spot and process' colors?

Please see this screenshot from Acrobat DC, and explain like I'm 5.
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When I mirror bleed in my rip software, sometimes a white line will appear (File saved in Ps & Ai)

I work at a print shop, and my RIP guy frequently runs into this problem - I will save a file in Photoshop or Illustrator, snaping the edges to the size of the artboard, and when he opens it and adds ...
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How to have video in PDF that displays a different poster image if the PDF reader does not support video?

I'm certain that I successfully achieved this a couple of years ago, but I'll be darned if I can replicate it now, and I wonder if something in the underlying PDF engine of Preview.app has changed in ...
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Issue when I export as pdf single pages a spread in design doc

I have an issue with the sigle pages PDF created from Indesign from a long document created as side-by-side pages (spread). I have a black background graphics on the right page and a blank page on the ...
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Editable PDFs via Illustrator or InDesign? [duplicate]

What is the best way to create PDFs so that customers can download the file and edit the text that is specific to them (date, names etc), while maintaining fonts and sizes as well as the format and ...
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Why did I fail in my attempt to remove a blue background with Acrobat Pro DC's Preflight's Fixups?

What did I flub when following these 6 steps? Please see the combined screenshot beneath.
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Inkscape: Export-id generates a too big PDF

Context I want to export layers of my SVG one by one into PDF, via Inkscape's CLI. Problem Say I have a simple Inkscape SVG consisting in a plain rectangle: I want to export it into a PDF. If I ...
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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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How can I efficiently detect all blank pages in a PDF?

My current solution is opening "the Page Thumbnails pane on the left", and spotting the blank pages. What's a more efficient solution, since this Jul 2015 post? I'm not asking about deleting the ...
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Why's my PDF Missing Color space, after I executed Preflight profile “Convert All Spots to CMYK”? [closed]

Please see the screenshot 2 beneath, after my failed attempt to fulfill Step 3: Search for Convert All Spots to CMYK and run Fix. Now all colors in your document are CMYK. As advised by the ...
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How to convert a PDF file to an AI file?

I have a logo that I want to convert from pdf to ai, but I don't know how to convert it and whether doing so will damage the logo quality. can you help me please?
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How can I change the background color that backgrounds only some text, in a PDF?

With vision difficulties, my grandpa can't read text whenever backgrounded by dark color in the PDF in the screenshot beneath. Click here to download it, or see some of its pages at Google Books. It'...
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Highlighting issue with InDesign pdf

When highlighting text in a PDF exported from InDesign, the highlight doesn't select the text in the right order. How can I fix this?
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Adobe illustrator export to PDF problem, text invisible

How does one even start to troubleshoot when the following happens. ^^ Important note, the job here is to add pictures to an existing pdf produced elsewhere. You have a textpage in illustrator with ...