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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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Photoshop: how to save PDF at a particular file size? [duplicate]

I want to save multiple files into a PDF presentation in Photoshop. When I save it at the high pdf setting the file is much too big. when I save it at the low quality option its too small and the ...
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Is it possible to export PowerPoint presentations to PDF with vector graphics preserved?

Is it possible to export PowerPoint to PDF with vector graphics preserved? Any method I try seems to rasterize all images, even though most, if not all, are .SVG placed in the PPTx presentation. ...
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Illustrator: How do I retain Pantone 4975C when saving an AI and PDF

I inherited a design master file of several labels that has a Pantone color. However when I copy and paste one label I need into a new ai file to be saved as a PDF for printing... I get the error ...
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Interactive PDF with added elements

I'm trying to figure out how to create a couple of PDFs where the basic idea is that there is a salesperson-side form and a customer-side handout. I'm wondering how to create a fillable PDF form that ...
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How do I export a Sketch file with page names to PDF?

I have some files that I need to export to PDF. As a matter of fact, it's quite a repetitive task I have to do almost every day. So far so good, but the resulting PDF only exports pages with numbers ...
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Illustrator business card to PDF with editable fields

I created a new business card design for a client in Illustrator. Usually I just create one for each employee and send it to a print company. If a new employee is hired, I just create a new AI and ...
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How can I import multi-page AI files or PDFs to InDesign CS5.5?

I'm currently using Adobe InDesign CS5.5 and Illustrator CS5.1. I'm working on a school project in which I have to make a book in InDesign and I would like to import either an AI file or PDF created ...
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Is (an on screen) PDF a good indicator as to how it will look when printed?

I have to design something for an exhibition / trade show. As it's such a large print (230in x 100in) I made my file at half the size 115in x 50in. So when I save the pdf and zoom in to 200% because ...
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PDF Form Calulations

I have a PDF form with calculations that I just created and I intend on using it as an order form. I created it in Excel then brought it into Acrobat Pro DC (Mac OS) to create the form. Its just a ...
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Adobe InDesign: Simple “animation” in interactive PDF

I would like to use InDesign to create a very simple interactive PDF in which a sound file is playing while a couple of elements appear over time. Is something like that possible within an interactive ...
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How do I create a PDF invitation template my customer can edit the text only themselves?

I am trying to figure out how I create a downloadable PDF template of a wedding invitation design that my customers can edit themselves. They will be approx 2 fonts used on each template and the ...
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PDF Design - A one size fits all devices solution

I was wondering if anyone has a common method or document ratio they use every time they design content for pdf use, so it looks the best it possibly can on different sized devices? Example - Say ...
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How to check a PDF which is presumably only supposed to be using black text with no coloured elements?

I have been provided with a text-only PDF which is supposed to only be using black in 100% K or tints of black (50% K, 60% K, etc). The client needs to print this using a black plate process and ...
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Photoshop CC: PSD to PDF conversion problem

I have a problem converting from PSD to PDF in my Photoshop. When I try to save to PDF via 'Save as > Photoshop PDF' then the PDF that I get is not editable or searchable to browsers nor to Acrobat ...
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Illustrator: how to add bleed to a circular badge?

I am trying to make a badge (75mm diameter) for my team in Illustrator. The question is, how do I add bleed to the final PDF or AI file in order to be sent for printing?
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Making a PNG to PDF with very high quality

I have seen that several authors of scientific papers include in their work, black and white graphics (university logos mainly) that appear to have an incredibly high resolution. I have found the ...
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InDesign: missing links reported, will a PDF export work for printing?

After exporting from InDesign to PDF everything looks in place, while InDesign shows a lot of links missing. I am wondering if it could be printed without problems?
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InDesign: how to choose which artboards to import from AI file

I have about 10 artboards in my Illustrator file I need to link to in InDesign. I want to use a single Illustrator file to place my content rather than export each artboard separately. This will help ...
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How to export a pdf file with each stage of builds from Adobe InDesign?

I am using Adobe InDesign to create slides for an oral presentation at a conference (as a substitute for Microsoft PowerPoint). The end product that I want is a pdf file with my slides. I am not ...
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Convert PDF to tiff file with transparency

Is there a way to automate opening a PDF in photoshop at 2600dpi and convert to RGB then downsize the file to 360dpi. (I have to open the files at a higher resolution for gradations to look correct ...
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InDesign: how to import text from Word Perfect or Pages format

My book designer is using InDesign, but she cannot import text in Word Perfect or Pages (mac). She likes me to send my text in PDF but then she retypes it. It is causing lots of confusion and error. ...
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Merge multiple images horizontally in PDF

I have a bunch of folders with contents ranging from four images to fifteen images each. I am looking to create horizontal composites of each folder with the file names without extension under each ...
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High resolution images scaled down in Illustrator are blurry when zoomed in as PDF in Adobe Acrobat?

I am working on a label print design. Some of the elements are raster images. These images are GIANT - great resolution. I basically flattened the PSD file I was working in. Than opened that PSD file ...
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Print quality on magnetic roll vinyl

I have a project which required printing on magnetic vinyl. I received a sample from the printer and the quality is awful, pixelated and grainy (see attached sample). The printer is usually excellent, ...
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How to print PDF for perfect binding

I have an eBook I want to print so it can be perfect bound. Booklet option in Acrobat Reader is not useful at all. I have tested several ways. Is there any free software to do such a simple task? It ...
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OSX Tool for verifying that embedded images in a PDF/X-3 file have retained their original color space

I'm using InDesign and I am exporting a photo book for an online printing service (Blurb) in PDF/X-3 (I use unaltered an Export profile that they provided). In the Output tab of the Export Adobe PDF ...
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InDesign: TAC of sRGB photos exceeds ink limit - does this cause issues when encapsulated in a PDF-X/3 document for print?

I'm using InDesign and I am exporting a photo book for an online printing service (Blurb) in PDF/X-3 (I use unaltered an Export profile that they provided). In the Output tab of the Export Adobe PDF ...
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How to place multi-page PDF into InDesign

I have 250-page PDF file, which I would like to place into InDesign. Do I have to place each page separately, or is there a way to do all of them at once?
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White lines appearing in 3D extruded text

I just began learning illustrator so please excuse my ignorance. I created this design in illustrator: My question pertains to the cause and fix of the white lines appearing on the text: I exported ...
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Purpose of InDesign spread bleeding onto facing page?

I have a book layout established with a 3mm bleed on all four sides and several full-page photographs used throughout. I understand that many have issues with the treatment of bleeds when exporting a ...
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Damaged path importing from PDF to Illustrator

I imported a logo from PDF to Illustrator 21.0.0 and I get this unusual result. The path is fine and smooth when viewed in keyline mode (the second picture) while the rendered version (first picture) ...
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How to make sure the color of PNG file in InDesign is similar with PDF file exported?

I'm a newbie to Indesign. My client give me the logo in RGB PNG file, when I export to PDF file, it shown in totally different colour(the transparent background become dark colour and blue colour logo ...
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InDesign: text frames visible on PDF export

This is probably a very basic issue, but I can't figure out why these dots around the text boxes are visible on the exported PDF file. They are not even visible in the InDesign source file.
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How to save Multiple pages as a single PDF?

In my CS6 version of Photoshop there doesn't appear to be a way to save multiple pages to a single PDF. How can I do this in Photoshop?
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Converting A4 designed magazine to U.S. standard size paper

We have a finished magazine which was designed to A4 paper size but I need to have printed in the U.S. The magazine is in Adobe PDF. Conversion distorts the aspect ratio of all the pages. How can I ...
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PDF not displaying on Windows, looks okay on a Mac

I've come across a weird problem with exporting a PDF from InDesign file. My collegue exported part of his design in InDesign (he works on Windows), this is a screen from the original file (taken on ...
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How to flatten pdf when exporting in Illustrator

I need to flatten my PDFs when I export illustrator files. I don't want to do it manually selecting every item, but I would like the export to come out flattened. What is the best method? Or would ...
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Layers missing when exporting to PDF

I have created a business card in InDesign and when I export the card as a PDF or JPG it is missing the background colour and a vector image I created. I have all layers selected when exporting.
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Printing a brochure from Photoshop

I am making a brochure for my friend's business and I'm using Photoshop. I know InDesign is a much better option for this, however I only have Photoshop and this is so NOT my forte! I don't mess ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Unwanted mesh lines appearing in PDF

I'm using the mesh tool to create translucent highlights/shadows in Illustrator, but when I save as a PDF, the mesh lines become visible (see buttons below) and I can't figure out how to get rid of ...
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How to change the resolution of a PDF

I have several hundred PDF files that I'm uploading to Docusign which will be turned into templates and then used for eSigning. The problem is that the resolution of these PDF files is too low, as you ...
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Problems converting PDF with transparency to EPS

I'm having a problem converting PDF files to EPS. I have to do it with three PDF files, each of which has a single-page image. Such image was composed by figures and images on PowerPoint. I did it ...
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Is there a way to change all images to black rectangles in Adobe Acrobat?

I need to make an additional layer for UV coating in existing pdf file. Is there a simple way to convert all images in PDF to 100% black rectangles?
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Text anomaly on PDF print?

Ahoy there. Looking for suggestions for a problem I'm coming across with a PDF proof that was prepared by another designer. The very simple proof (custom artwork for branded post-it notes) doesn't ...
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Exporting PDF in Inkscape doesnt work correctly

I created an Inkscape document but the background is a colored square. The border around the text is a square with rounded corners and the text is normal text but the "scratches" are created through a ...
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Font changed in Illustrator file sent for print

When I forward my .ai file for printing, the font is changed on the printer's computer. How I can solve this problem? If I sent an .ai file the font is changed, but if I send a .pdf file the ...
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Issues with PDF image downsampling in export from InDesign or display in Acrobat

I'm having issues rasterizing images for inclusion in PDFs. I currently rasterize in Illustrator, import to InDesign, and downsample from roughly 300 ppi to 150 ppi, or thereabouts. I would prefer to ...
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Adobe InDesign: Applying a drop shadow to a placed PDF

I am trying to apply a drop shadow to a PDF I have placed in my InDesign document. However, when doing so a drop shadow seems to be applied to every element inside the placed PDF instead of to the the ...
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Photoshop Batch extract images from PDF

When I open a PDF in photoshop I can choose to open one of the images. I've got a massive 2gb pdf with ~700 images in it and I'm trying to export them all to image files. Is there a way for photoshop ...
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Convert a pdf file in black and white

I've got Adobe Acrobat Pro and I have a colorful file, and now i want that file to be converted in black and white. How can I do it with pro options?