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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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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 ...
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When exporting as pdf a layer that should not be transparent becomes transparent

I am making an image by pasting a pdf image on a background. Everything looks great in Inkscape, but when exporting the entire Inkscape file to pdf, the pdf image gets somewhat transparent for no ...
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Fonts are not clear in the pdf

Currently i'm working on my resume using Photoshop cs6. When i get the pdf version of my CV,i can see some of the fonts are in grey color and some of were not there.I'll appreciate if someone help me ...
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In Affinity Designer, How do I export a document with multiple artboards to a single page PDF file

In Affinity Designer 1.7 (Desktop), when exporting a document with multiple artboards to PDF, each artboard is placed in a different page inside the PDF file. How do I avoid this behaviour and export ...
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scribus: adding and naming spot color, which then can be seen in a pdf after export

In the current Scribus version 1.5.5.svn, I am adding an additional spot color as follows: Edit --> Color and Fills... --> Add --> name and select "is spot color" --> OK I can then use ...
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Gray box appears in right side of pdf file

When I save a Word document to a pdf file, I am getting a gray box on the right side of the page that I DON'T want and can't delete. Help!
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Saving an Adobe illustrator file as a pdf - are fonts embedded? If so, why does Adobe illustrator say I don't have the font when I open it?

If I have an Adobe Illustrator file, and I save it as a .pdf - it looks like the fonts are included in that .pdf file. (I think this because when I open the .pdf file in Reader it looks the way I ...
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Saving HUGE image as PDF

I have 1.1 GB PSD file which contains 25560x14400 image with a lot of pictures/vectors/layer effects etc... Now I'm aware of the absurdity of such project structure, but I wasn't a few years ago. Too ...
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InDesign crashing

I am working on a brochure in InDesign and for some reasons, it started crashing a while ago when I try to export it as a pdf. The file is 34 pages and there are no huge images. The only weird thing ...
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Save vector image as PDF file with custom resolution

I created a vector image in Adobe Illustrator and I want to save it in PDF format. But I don't see any option to set the resolution (width/height in pixels) Saved file has the next properties: It ...
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Can a user attach a file in a PDF form? [duplicate]

Is there Java code I use for a button that says "Attach Files"?
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Black lines on either side of video in PDF

When I embed a video (mp4) into a pdf in Acrobat Pro to make an interactive PDF, I am getting black lines down the left and right sides of the video when I play the video. When I scale the video, I ...
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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 see the screenshot beneath. I'm using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Version 2019.010.20064. 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)...
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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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