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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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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 ...
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Gradient stroke not appearing in PDF export file

I’m using Adobe Illustrator and I’m having an issue with a stroke, which has a custom gradient brush applied. It’s not showing up in the PDF file after I export. It shows up just fine in web ...
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InDesign: how to save PDF file

I need to save a PDF from InDesign, but can't seem to have the option when I go to "Save as", any ideas? I've done it with Photoshop/Illustrator, but have never used InDesign before.
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InDesign: how to change the size of placed PDF

When I place PDF files in InDesign they will take up the whole page, so how can I make it smaller to allow space for the title on the top and the page number on the bottom?
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one long seamless pdf with multiple artboards - illustrator

Wondering if there's anyway in Illustrator that it's possible to make one long seamless pdf (1 page) from multiple artboards with different height? e.g.:there are 11 artboards, 1 just want to create ...
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Import PDF in Illustrator

I'm trying to put some plots that I have in PDF format into my Illustrator document. When I save the Illustrator document as a PDF, all the text in my earlier PDF plots is no longer 'selectable'. I ...
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InDesign: how to export PDF with fit to page

I'm creating a PDF publication for onscreen reading where readers should be able to page through by hitting the PGDN key. I know enough to select Layout: Single Page in the Viewing section of the ...
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Understand resolution inconsistency between Windows 7 and PDF readers

I'm trying to understand how to deal with what I think is a rather confusing inconcistency between the system resolution PPI of Windows and what is the PDF reader settings, in this case I'll speak ...
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Import PDF in CorelDraw2017 with image inside wrong [closed]

I received a pdf from a company which needs to see it in Corel Draw 2017. So I can see the pdf as per the below image. and for me it's perfect! But when I import the pdf into Corel Draw 2017 I see ...
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Illustrator Image trace doesn't appear in a saved PDF

I have Illustrator CC 15 and I'm trying to image trace this panther sketch. When I do this it comes out how I want then I save as a PDF so I can email it. But when I open the PDF It just shows up as a ...
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pdf font corruption in Inkscape and Illustrator

I'm trying to edit a PDF plot exported from Mathematica, using specific font Times using the plot option BaseStyle -> {FontFamily -> "Times", FontSize -> 10}, to match with the LaTeX ...
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Which font to use for making editable PDF forms?

I'm recently re-doing a couple of company forms. These used to be just regular PDFs, which would have to be printed and then filled out. With the move to a more paper-less office environment, I was ...
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Issues saving PSD as a PDF

Whenever I save my PSD file as a PDF (see below for links), the bottom 6 bullets on the 1st job title listed do not save on the PDF. Any ideas as to why this would happen and how to fix it? PSD File: ...
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Combining artwork into one pdf file with page numbers

I have to submit my digital folio for UNI selection. The requirements are all of my designs have to be in ONE PDF file with page numbers and a brief description of what each piece represents. I have ...
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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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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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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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Autofilling pdf from Indesing.

I'm wondering if it's possible to create an interactive pdf from an existing file. Basically I have a Catalog/Pricelist with over 1000 items. What I want to achieve is to create page that would ...
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Problem converting pdf to eps - grey hue (using Pixelmator and Inkscape)

I am not a graphic designer at all, but a science grad student. I need to submit figures to a journal in .eps format, they do not accept. pdf. When I try to convert my .pdf files to .esp, different ...
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Who is responsible for shrinking an image within a PDF, or to shrink or not to shrink

I create PDFs width wkhtmltopdf tool (renders HTML to PDF) This PDFs are intended to be used for (semi) professional printing. So lets say the printing quality should be 300dpi, and a user places a ...
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Can an EULA (end user license agreement) affect saving a file in different formats?

After creating a design for coffee growlers, I attempted to generate PDF files of my work as well as EPS. For some reason most of my expanded text in my design is missing. Here are images of my work: ...
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Imported image looks good in Inkscape but pixelated in the exported PDF

I want to import some images into my design. I have removed the background in Gimp and when I import them into Inkscape they look almost fine: But when I export as PDF they are pixelated: What you ...
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Why won't FrameMaker output bold text in my document?

Sorry, I'm new here, I hope that this is the right place for my question. In my document, I have a lot of tables with bold text. I just noticed that when I generate the PDF, the bold text is not ...
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Does Myriad exist Unicode TFF format?

I am trying to display the non-breaking dash with itextpdf. However, it can't not display in normal myriad font. But I really want to use Myraid. Therefore I need to find a version of Myraid that ...
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Indesign: exporting multiple certificates, each with a different name, into separate files

I'm looking for efficient way of importing the 1000+ individual names into an InDesign document then exporting out as an individual PDFs (a 1000 page pdf wont work). One name per page. I have created ...
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Do pdfs scale for printing

I have a large vector image I've drawn in adobe illustrator that at some point needs to be printed on a separate machine without access to illustrator. If I shrink the image to decrease file size for ...
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Image quality in custom QuickBooks invoice template

QuickBooks custom invoices can ONLY be created in MS Word. Most of it is fine and I have managed to make something I'm really happy with (considering it's limited capabilities in the design sense) ...
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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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If Adobe Reader appears to be hyperlinking URLs when I didn't hyperlink them in InDesign, what do I do?

In InDesign, I have made sure that URLS in my citations are not hyperlinked. However, when I export the file and open the PDF, I can click on the URLS and access the linked websites. How can I prevent ...
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saving as pdf and EPS in illustrator

I'm trying to save artboards as PDF and EPS. I have the latest version of illustrator. When I got to export > save as ... I don't see these options. Here's the options https://prnt.sc/g0mst6 Any ...
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Why has the file size gone from 2MB to 12MB when making one text change to a 6 page PDF?

I've been given a 6 page PDF that is 2MB in size. I need to edit one of the pages - two simple text edits in illustrator. When I save the file - it jumps to 12MB - I've got no idea why. Doing a ...
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Content on one page disappears after exporting a printable PDF. Acrobat won't print the document [closed]

I created a brochure in InDesign which we need to print. The problem: I export a digital version, with hyperlinks etc. and everything works fine. But as I export the same file for print using the "...
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Change specific color to another in a PDF file

I have a PDF file whose objects' color are either pure Cyan or pure Black or a tint of them (30% Cyan or 50% Black, for example). The objects include texts, line strokes and vector fills. Now, how ...
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Create file with certain specifications from vector graphic/PDF

I've been asked to create a PDF or TIF file with 300 dpi, featuring a logo in grayscale, measuring 1 inch (25.4 mm) width max and 0.5 inch (12.7 mm) in height max. I'm by no means an expert, but I've ...
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How to Placement a multiple page PDF file as artboard in Illustrator CC 2015

I'm trying to Placement a PDF file with 10 pages and need to adjust each page in Illustrator CC 2015. How to Place with Link The PDF file in one single AI files with all artboard within it?
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Acrobat PDF file is having difficulties. Can't open illustrator file

I'm having a problem with and .ai file. It gives me "Acrobat PDF File Format is having difficulties. Object label badly formatted." error. It's pretty frustrating since I have a bunch of work in there,...
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Why does using “Save As” and “Print to PDF” in Ai give different color output?

My colleague A used the "Save As" method to save an AI file (CS6) to PDF file. My colleague B opened the same AI file (CC) and used "Print" to generate a PDF file. When both PDFs were send to print ...
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Overlapping elements creating artifacts

I am creating a PDF for printing, and I got some weird artifacts on places where elements with the same color overlap. My workflow is from Illustrator to InDesign to PDF, and to be honest I dont know ...
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Color change when saving as PDF from Illustrator

This a flower which I created using a watercolour brush in Illustrator: But when I saved it as a PDF, the colour changes like below:
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InDesign: Order of multiple tables of contents in PDF

My book file has a document that contains two separate tables of contents: one occupies pages 1-2 and the other one is on page 3. When I export to PDF, all the items on both TOCs become bookmarks in ...
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Why do Inkscape gradients in PDF sometimes render or print incorrectly

When using gradients with alpha components in Inkscape I find that, whilst they work most PDF viewers (Acrobat, evince), they do not work in all of them. Also, it seems that a lot of printers also ...
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export pdf cuts of small part of transparent line

I made a logo with 5 leaves. Two of them are transparent. When I export it as a .png, it's good. But when I export it as a .pdf the line of the 2 leaves are cut. I experimented a bit and this only ...
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What is the expected layout when sending small dimension items for printing?

Should small items, like business cards, vouchers, and coupons; be sent to a printer with 1 item per page, or with multiple copies of the same item arranged on a larger page? If it is 1 item per page,...
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PDF Fonts - Text Field Properties

Does anyone happen to know how to change the list of fonts at the top of your font optioins in Acrobat Text Field Properties? It has been bugging me for a while. I would like to put different ...
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Photoshop: losing quality when exporting to PDF

I have created a 1-page flyer in Photoshop at 72dpi as we are not printing this. I finished the artwork and im needing to save it to PDF, but whenever i do so the pdf version is never as good a ...
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How to upscale when exporting to PDF from InDesign

I need to design a roll-up banner that needs to be 850mm X 2150mm. The printers sent a template that was setup at 20% scale in size. I designed my lovely banner with the template, exported it as a ...
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Gimp export project as an image to PDF, I want my texts to stay as text

I designed CV in GIMP. Today I had a call with my future employer. And she said that my CV is great but not useful because she can't select any text from my CV to copy it. Maybe is there some way to ...
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Inkscape: Save as PDF problem: Blackened areas

http://www.willcogis.org/website2014/gis/Data/Attractions_B.pdf The link I provided is to the PDF with problems. There are blackened areas. I think they are being caused by two river layers. The ...