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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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Illustrator - Open a PDF and keep layers?

I've created a layered PDF with java and when I tried to open it in Illustrator I figured out that Illustrator does not use these layers. They are there in Acrobat and Indesign, but Illustrator ...
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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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why blur of drop shadow becomes blocky while saving pdf from illustrator

While trying to save an ai (illustrator) file to pdf, the blur portion of drop shadow lost and it looks blocky. Please look at the screen shot of pdf below: You can see that the blurred portion of ...
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Hairlines vs weird gradients, or: How to save vector graphics for electronic PDFs?

Edit: I was able to make the output look a little bit better (not perfect). For anyone finding this from web searches, here's what I did: To remove the hairlines I used the X-4 PDF settings. The ...
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Acrobat Pro: PDF dimensions not exact

I'm wondering for a while now: When I export a document in InDesign and view the dimensions of the pdf in Acrobat Pro, the dimensions are a little off (like ~0.002 cm). Should be 29.7 x 21 cm. When ...
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White Background showing as Grey when exporting from indesign to PDF

I have an image in Photoshop that is on a white background. I've imported it into Indesign and added type. When exporting it as a PDF to send on to my client, the white background is showing as a ...
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Use PDF editor for book publishing (including conversion to PDF/X)

I know that there is dedicated software for book publishing, such as Affinity Publisher, Adobe Indesign, and so on, but I have used for a certain project LaTeX, which would produce a PDF. Since most ...
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How can I print a PDF booklet with pages the right size?

Sorry about the ambiguous title. I have a PDF file of A5 pages I'd like to print as a booklet. I have Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat and the rest of CS6 — although I didn't use it to produce the PDF. ...
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How to “decompile” a picture in pdf

I’m trying to prepare the materials for an open laptop examination. The notes are given in pdf and the key factor to doing well is navigation skills. I’m on a mac and I’m usually viewing these slides ...
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In a Print-Ready PDF, does the Printer who receives file need to have all the fonts on their machine?

I have a design for an ad that I've done for someone as a favour (I do a lot of web graphics work in Adobe Illustrator, but haven't done print work up until now). When I send them a print-ready PDF, ...
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Does mrserge's answer still work if I convert all spots to RGB, rather than CMYK?

Please read mrserge's answer and the question there before reading this question. mrserge answered What we will do: convert everything to CMYK, then replace specific CMYK value with other and we ...
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Batch find and replace text in multiple PDFs

Ive got a folder with 100's of 1 page PDFs. The PDFs all have a footer in them, in which there is a typo. I want to essentially run a batch find and replace across all the PDFs to fix the typo. ...
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How to create template of guides in Illustrator which appears with every document I open?

So, I am working on a multiple page pdf. I need to setup margins on each side of the page using guides. There are 300+ pages and I am working on each page at a time. I don't want to add guides in each ...
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How to extract Tikz images from a PDF

I have a paper in PDF, created using Latex and Tikz. Now I need to produce individual files for the images, one file per image. Since I have the source, I could manually copy and paste (let me see..) ...
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How to display actual pixels (not print size), when exporting from Photoshop into a .pdf

So, whenever I try to view the output .pdf on a Mac or a PC, its size is identical to the "Print Size" in Photoshop, but I need it to display "Actual Pixels" size by default. Is there any way to do ...
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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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Save AI file without convert it to outline

How can I save a AI file/convert it to PDF with text (not to convert it to outline) because I need that PDF in searchable mode?
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Autocad export blank pdf

I'm new in autocad not have any good idea model and plot viewport etc. My company develop some files from vendors i did some few changes in it. As i checked its plot view there is all model with ...
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Quick replacements of corrupted characters for scanned pages

1. Summary I have third-party poor quality scanned PDF's, where start characters of the lines are highlighted. I have numerous bad scanned PDF's, manually alignment of characters for replacements ...
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When SVG is generated as PDF text is indented but rest of drawing isn't

We have template SVG drawings which have tags on the drawing to be replaced by text when the drawing is generated. Whenever it is generated as an SVG, it is ok, but when it is exported to a pdf, the ...
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How to set 300 dpi resolution in embedded image in svg vector image

I have SVG vector image with embedded raster image i need to set resolution for embedded raster image as 300 dpi resolution using command line.
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In Inkscape, how do I add a white background in command line mode?

in short, I tried for f in `ls *.pdf`; do inkscape -z --export-background=ffffff --export-background-opacity=1.0 --export-plain-svg=${f}.svg $f; done It throws no errors, produces SVG files, but ...
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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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Which Page Box befits cropping PDF?

Following this answer to my SuperUser post, I use Sejda to maximize the crop box without cutting any page content. But into which box ought I enter the margins? As I questioned in that post: I must ...
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Which one of 'Convert colors' and 'Map colors' Fixups are unnecessary?

I'm using Adobe Acrobat to change colors in a PDF. Using merely 1 Fixup is obviously easier than 2. So is one Fixup a subset of the other? To wit, which is more all-encompassing? Which Fixup can I ...
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Why convert to CMYK, rather than continue to use RGB?

I use Adobe Acrobat to change colors in a PDF. Why does mrserge 'convert everything to CMYK' by using the 'Map, spot, process colors' Fixup? Dietrich von Seggern never does. He merely continues in ...
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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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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 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 [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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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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