Questions tagged [pdf]

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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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?
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Font, font weight and size not saving in Photoshop PDF format

I have created a visual design of android app in photoshop. I have then merged all the non text layers, keeping the text layers on top and then saved in the file as Photoshop PDF, But when I open the ...
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Selecting Object using Left Mouse Click copies Object in Imported PDF in Inkscape

I am working in Inkscape with a graph that was created as a PDF, and I want to edit some of the lines. The problem is that every time I click on an object, it creates a copy. I cannot do anything ...
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Problem pasting text with mixed character encodings on mixed programs/platforms

I am doing flyers and books for a company since 6 years using InDesign CS4... I know it's outdated but it always did the job I needed to do. I am receiving the texts from different people in the ...
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Why are the colors changing when printing my PDF file?

Im working on an illustration with various elements, they all look fine and print fine from Illustrator, but the colors change when I try to print them from the preview window, any idea why and how to ...
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RGB to CMYK pdf using various ICC profiles: should I see the differences? [Inkscape + Ghostscript]

I've designed a poster in Inkscape 0.91 (on Linux) to have it offset-printed. The printing company requires a CMYK pdf file that uses the ISO Coated v2 (ECI) ICC profile. Inkscape does not allow ...
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Output colour is different between file types [Illustrator File]

I'm designing a logo and have exported it in multiple formats for the clients use, however the red is appearing different in them. The PNG and PDF [left in the image below] are the same colour, and ...
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Throwing out redundant bitmap information when saving as PDF

I am designing something in Illustrator and I use a part of a bitmap (JPG) image. I only need it to cover a specific shape so I use a clipping mask and end up using just about 20% of said image. Now ...
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Line displays differently in SumatraPDF and Acrobat

When looking at a pdf file I noticed that a line was much thicker than it was supposed to be. Now it seems that Adobe Acrobat (both Pro and Reader) displays this line much thicker than SumatraPDF. I ...
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Quickly edit PDF text

It seems like it will take a very long time to go through the entire document and edit and reformat the large amounts of text. Does anyone know of a good workaround for this kind of situation, where ...
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How to get PDF as glossy pages for cover and back pages, and newsprint for Inner content [inDesign CC]?

I have been creating an Adobe InDesign replica of a print magazine for my own learning purposes. This question is about the design and print side of InDesign. I have created an advertising magazine [...
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Export multiple artboards from Illustrator as separate PDFs with specific preset

I searched for this over the internet but I did not find a working solution. I understand that it can't be done in Illustrator, but there is a need for a script. Can someone help me on this? There is ...
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Dynamic PDF / multiple events

I'm creating a dynamic pdf for correctional officer with a fixed number of ''events'' that can be filled. I put 6 possible events that can be filled. However, some individuals have more events. Is it ...
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Perplexing Indesign font rendering issues

I have always used "Lato Heavy" as a font in PDFs we produce. Since yesterday, this font no longer renders as it used to (in Indesign preview or PDF). The only thing that has changed in the time which ...
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InDesign: create a hyperlink to a PDF

I am formatting a research paper in InDesign, and I'm working on making it interactive. I'm trying to add a hyperlink to this PDF: http://in.gov/isda/files/...
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How Do I Stop Primo Enlarging my document?

I've typed a book using Word 2010 Starter. I want to upload it on Creatspace, the trim size is 6" wide x 9" high. I've used some free Primo PDF software to convert it to a PDF file which thankfully ...
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Exporting PDF from InDesign makes text look thicker

First time i come across this issue: I export a pdf. from InDesign (both in web & print res) In both cases the font (Avenir) looks 'thicker' when viewed in Acrobat or Preview (regular -> looks ...
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Acrobat Pro DC not showing saved PDF

I created a basic resume in Adobe Illustrator CC and then saved it as a PDF. However when I opened the PDF in Acrobat Pro DC the only thing that appears is my small logo that I had in the upper right-...
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A book complied of photographs, supplied as tiffs, but would pdfs be better?

I'm design a book complied of photographs, supplied as tiffs, but would pdfs be better? I've used tiff in full Colour print magazines before but it has been suggested I use them as PDFs. Is this ...
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PDF: Convert CMYK 100% black to 0% RGB black

As explained elsewhere (1, 2), converting CMYK (0, 0, 0, 100%) black to RGB always results in some dark grey. So how to replace CMYK (0, 0, 0, 100%) black with RGB (0, 0, 0) black? Is there any tool ...
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Is there any advantage to giving a customer both a .jpg and a .pdf?

I sell vector prints online. I have noticed that most of my competitors include 2 files with their sales - both a .jpg and a .pdf. The files are supposed to be scaleable. To my mind only a .pdf is ...
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Converting Batches of PSDs OR JPEGs to PDFs

is there a way to mass convert whole batch of .psd or .jpg files to .pdf? I created an action and use image processor for this with my recorded action. However - I get message box for every single ...
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Why won't my exported PDF fully load all the text on each page when opening?

GD beginner here. I created a multi-paged document with InDesign. It's not too complicated, just some background images and text with headers. When sending as a PDF, the pages are loading one by one ...
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InDesign: which export settings for printing an A5 booklet

Getting a 48-page booklet professionally printed. The printing company states we should export as PDF (x1 a 2001) with fonts converted to outlines, but is that necessary? Also should it be exported in ...
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Increase in print PDF file sizes after upgrading InDesign

I'm recently facing a problem in InDesign after updating to version CC 11.4.1.102. When I export a PDF for Printing the file is 20 MB, whereas in previous versions these files were only 1 Mb. Has ...
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Illustrator make white object visable on transparent background in pdf

How can I save an illustrator file with a white logo on a transparent background so the logo is visable in pdf so people I send the logo to don't think the pdf is blank. Others need to use the logo ...
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Splitting a pdf into multiple pages with Adobe Pro

another piece of software allowed my to export my document into a pdf, my desired format for sharing. However, the document is quite long, and when I print it, the entire thing is printed as a tiny ...
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I can't Save Illustrator file as PDF

So I'm designing a 219" x 100" wall banner in Illustrator. Trying to save it as a PDF and keep getting an error box - "The dimensions of this page are out-of-range" I have no crop marks or tools ...
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Ebooks on the iPad

Is there a way to get full functionality of an interactive pdf , created in InDesign, on the iPad? The interactive pdf file loses various functionality when opened on a iPad.
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PDF form that allows placing of image in Reader

I'm asked to create a document that users can customise with their own logo. How can this be done without the end-user using paid-for software? I've found out that a form button could be created that ...
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Changing PDF margins in InDesign

I have a PDF which was formatted to be printed out in the middle of a letter-sized page, with borders which consequently take up most of the size of each screen. How do I reformat a PDF's borders, ...
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How to export 2 page spread as single pages in InDesign

I purchased an InDesign template, and it has a 2 page spread: I want to export to PDF with a width of 1 page, rather than retaining the 2 page width. How do I do this? I am happy to change to ...
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Produce PDF files from single PDF template plus variable address information

I have a PDF-file which on page 2 looks as shown below. When I open it in Preview or Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (on a Mac), I don't get a chance to input text between the lines. It looks as if the PDF ...
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Opening pdfs in AI without converting type to outlines

I've got a lot of pdfs that I need to open and edit in AI. All the pdfs were created on the same computer, so all fonts are available. However, while some pdfs open ok, others open with the text ...
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Embedded PNG on Illustrator, and save the file as PDF. But the PNG (barcode part) turns out GRAY COLOR!

I'm working on a product packing design, so I need to have a barcode on the packaging. But when I attached the barcode PNG in Illustrator and exported the file to PDF format to print. The barcode ...
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Should I generate report graphics as PDF or SVG for 70% web, 30% print users? Or PNG?

As a database guy, I hope my design-n00B question isn't noise! I have some moderately complex data for which I want to generate (2-D) graphic representations on demand and also at intervals. I ...

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