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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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Change color mode of PDF [closed]

I saved my PSD file as a PDF, and without realizing it, saved the pdf as a psd which screwed up my colors making them muddy and darker. Is there a way to get back to the colors of the original PSD?
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How to Preserve Object in Pdf File?

I have a pdf template file with printers marks and a bar code. I'd like to add graphics to the file (essentially cover the whole page). Covering the printer's marks is required, but I'd like the bar ...
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Scribus export to PDF resulting in missing image

I have to realize my first poster and decided to use (and learn) Scribus as well as Inkscape and GIMP). I am making progress with these softwares and was beginning to be happy with my poster template ...
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my team in Asia always asks for AI format but my customer only wants to give PDF files

Help..... I am a graphic novice and have a potentially basic question. I manufacture in Asia and my team there always asks for AI format files to do the printing of packaging. My client fights ...
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Margins changing from InDesign to PDF?

What am I doing wrong? When I save my InDesign file as a PDF the margins are different when I open the PDF and off when I print. They are correct in ID. Why would they be different? Here is the ...
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Why is my png image exporting with grey border around icon?

The icon looks fine in Indesign but when I export it as a PDF, there is this ugly grey fuzz around some parts of the icon's border. I initially downloaded the image as a png, edited it in Photoshop ...
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Indesign: how to export multiple PDFs using different presets at once

I've got a series of documents that I need to export to 4 different PDFs. (High-res print ready, high-res no bleed, low-res online, and one last high-res with a different name). Is there a script out ...
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Batch Export selection of PDF files with no user interaction?

I'm using Acrobat Pro DC (macOS) and have set up an Action to Export PDF to DOCX format. I have specified the files I wish to include. However, I have to click the following buttons for each file: ...
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Saving an AI file in Illustrator automatically generates a PDF

When I save an AI file in Illustrator, I usually keep the default "Save As" Illustrator settings. My understanding is, that when you save an AI file, it automatically generates a PDF version as well. ...
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Saving Illustrator AI File as PDF and PDF is inaccurate [closed]

I created a wireframe in Illustrator. I have it saved as an AI file. I decided to "Save As" a PDF so as to send it to the client. The PDF shows excess footer layers at the bottom. In fact, it ...
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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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How to avoid uneven lines and moirée in printed hatches?

When printing thin diagonal hatches on inkjet or laser printers, the lines often become uneven in terms of line width. The effect varies depending on printer type, line color/width and hatch angle. I ...
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Illustrator script to convert multiple files into outlines with a pdf preset

Can someone help with an illustrator script that can convert text from multiple files in a folder to outlines and save it to pdf with a specific preset of my choice? Was able to find from my research ...
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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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Dealing with poorly converted CAD files in illustrator

Has anyone else experienced an issue dealing with converted CAD files in Illustrator? Sometimes I get CAD files converted to PDF that have really overcomplicated simple shapes. Everything is ...
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Do PNG images print CYMK?

I am designing a logo for teespring... I have used Microsoft Word for font, then exported word to PDF, which I have then saved on my Sony Xperia. I then take a screenshot of the PDF (as it is open on ...
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Bleed of a flyer designed in Illustrator

I designed a 5.5" x 4 3/16" inch flyer in Illustrator. I set the bleed to 0.125 inch. I finished the flyer and saved it using the PDF/X-1a:2001 preset, left the rest as default. Then delivered it to ...
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Error in stroke for characters and text in an Adobe export to PDF?

I have been working on this technical issue for a while and can't seem to get around it. :^( I am stroking text in Indesign, and exporting the file to a pdf. The pdf seems to convert the stroke to a ...
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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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Photoshop vector smart object opening in Preview instead of Illustrator?

In Photoshop CC (version 19) on the Mac, I have a smart object vector graphic layer. Double-clicking the layer to edit the vector graphic, opens it in Preview (Mac) because, presumably, it thinks it's ...
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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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Increasing spaces in image between written text

I have several images similar to the one shown below. Each image is of the same width. What I want to do is to increase the space between the answer posibilities (A-E) for example by 40 pixels (and ...
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Placed Illustrator file (in InDesign) - bottom layer showing despite cover

I am working on Adobe Creative Suite CS5.5 I am producing a map in Illustrator with multiple layers to place in an InDesign document. The bottom layer of the Illustrator file is an aerial photograph ...
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Converting a Customer's designs in Powerpoint into InDesign

My client would like a catalogue designed using PDFs that they already have. These PDFs have been exported for web use so I don't believe they will be good enough quality for print. I have asked if ...
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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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formatting pdf for multiple pages with bleed

How should I format an A4 newsletter of 12 pages with bleed for pdf? I am using Serif PagePlusX8. Would it be correct to say bleed should be only on 3 sides as no bleed is needed on the 4th side?
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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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What is the effect of “Output Intent Profile Name”, when exporting PDF from InDesign?

I wonder what Output intent profile name means, when exporting a PDF from InDesign. Does it have any effect at all on the result, or is it just a piece of information, a text string, that is stored in ...
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Customer wants a Layered PDF?

I recently designed the layout on an album cover. Upon sending the files for print, they said that they have a problem "separating the template from the artwork" (the label provided a template to use ...
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Insert blank page into a large PDF file

I've got a very big PDF file with over 10,000 pages. I need to insert a blank page after every 3rd page in this file. Is there a way to do this in Acrobat DC? Or PostScript it in a special way?
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Can Illustrator convert jpg (rgb) image to cmyk when saving PDF file?

Can Illustrator convert jpg (rgb) image to cmyk when saving PDF file? Indesign can. Just wondering if this works also for Illustrator.
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InDesign: interactive catalogue to order products from?

Is it possible to build something like this in InDesign? A client is asking me, i already said its probably impossible and sounds like a website will work better, but wondering, how much of this is ...
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PDF too large when saved from AI file

I have an Illustrator file and I can save as PDF, but need to reduce the size of the resulting PDF. What's the best way to achieve that?
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Printing from directly from InDesign vs PDF

After exporting a file to PDF from InDesign to be imposed in Acrobat, we sometimes get unexpected color/appearance changes that are almost always easily solved by printing directly from InDesign. We ...
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Edit a PDF while preserving quality

I have a PDF file I need to cut some parts out of for a presentation. I tried doing this with GIMP and saving the result as a PDF. However when I zoom in on the result, the quality is bad, even ...
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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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InDesign: how to export Photoshop created pdf's without losing quality?

I'm trying to create a pdf, the kind where you can zoom as close to the text as you want without it getting blurry. My goal is to upload it to issuu, the online publishing platform. I can create the ...
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Inkscape: Maintaining size when saving as PDF?

when I save SVGs as PDFs from Inkscape, all dimensions seem to be decreased to 80% of their width. For example, a 100 x 100 box, the PDF will be 80 x 80. SVG: <rect y="280.93362" ...
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Why does this graphic look different on Mobile vs Desktop?

I have this graphic that has rays coming out of the circle in the upper left-hand corner, and a clipping mask is used to cut it off where I'd like the rays to end. The vector file and PDF look fine ...
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Illustrator loses stroke/fill information on opening pdf

A client has provided a PDF file with vector information, and I need to make some adjustments to it. It is a complex file (an architectural design) with many different colors, line styles etc. When I ...
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Imported Video file size changes on export to PDF

I'm working on an interactive PDF that has video and audio. https://www.dropbox.com/s/71pniir56v6r3vw/bl-brand-guidelines-video-d2.pdf?dl=0 The videos on this page are all the same size in InDesign, ...
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Is there a way of converting a multi pg PDF into a working Indesign file?

I have a pdf from the client with over 80 pages in it. I'd like to know if there's a way of converting the PDF into a layered Indd, because working an 80pg booklet on AI is ridiculous and the client ...
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Which version of Adobe Acrobat do I need to do calculations?

We are trying to create a fillable PDF with Adobe Reader, I think, and seems to be working but we can't create calculations in it. Do we need a special version of Acrobat for this?
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Embedding a .pdf into Illustrator results in blank images

I've received a .pdf from someone else that I need to modify slightly in Illustrator. Typically when I want to edit a pdf, I can just drag or place it into Illustrator, click embed, and then edit away....
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InDesign paragraph styles problem

I'm typesetting a document in InDesign, copy/pasting from a TextEdit file that I copy/pasted into from a client-supplied PDF. Not sure if its the greatest workflow, but I collated all the text from ...
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Pixellated Gradients when exporting PDF from Illustrator

I designed a business card with some graphics that have gradients, but every time I export a PDF the gradients show up pixellated. I tried setting Print > Advanced > Transparency and Overprint > High ...
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The logo I have made in Illustrator changes when I save to PDF

I have made a logo in Illustrator. It is a very simple text logo where I have created outlines to turn it into a Vector. I also have made some small adjustments with overlays to remove part of the ...
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Image backgrounds in InDesign PDFs have weird coloring on Preview

I'm working on a PDF document in InDesign where the A-Master would have an an image with a seamless pattern as a background. However, after exporting, whenever I look at the PDF on Preview (but not in ...
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In Gimp, how can I add a link to a body of text.

I have a text field (created using the Text tool), and I'm trying to add a link to the body of the text. This document will primarily be exported as a pdf. I'm looking for a way to add a hyperlink so ...
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Why shouldn't I use PDF 1.7 when exporting from Creative Cloud?

Indesign CC (2017) has several presets for exporting a PDF. The presets for High Quality Print and Press Quality both use an older version of PDF. PDF 1.4 is compatible back to Acrobat 5 which was ...