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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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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High Quality, Low File Size PDF

I have an Illustrator file with two 8.5x11 artboards that I need to save out as a PDF around 300-450KB. Is this possible to do without losing quality? And if it is possible, how would I do this?
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.eps good quality and fast-loading vector images

I am writing a paper using PDFLaTeX. In this paper I insert few .eps pictures I export from ArcMap. These images have been exported in format .eps with a dpi of 600. My problem is that when I build ...
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Convert an Illustrator CC file to a layered PDF

Is there a way to Convert an Illustrator CC file (.ai) to a layered PDF?
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Exporting multiple images from a multipage pdf

I have a client who insists on sending me images in pdf form which I have to extract, resize and upload to their website. I have been using Photoshop to manually crop out the images but im looking for ...
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Is there a way to auto set alt tags on images in PDFs with Acrobat Pro?

We're creating pdfs of images in acrobat pro using create pdf ->combine files. The files we are using are all large file images that have been fully marked up in adobe bridge. We need these PDFs to ...
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How do I print black 100 text from Photoshop?

I am trying to make a design for a book's double page. The design is composed by vector art (made with Illustrator) and a photo. The artwork PSD file is set as A3, 300 DPI, 8 bits CMYK. One of the ...
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Grey outline of vector graphic showing through image in Indesign

I'm creating a picture book in Indesign. I've placed ai illustration files in the document, and in front of them a png image. My printer wants the work flattened. When exported to pdf and flattened, ...
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Save As/Export as normal PDF (not Photoshop PDF) in Photoshop?

I just want a normal PDF, as I will not edit the PDF, but rather go back to the PSD. Is there an option for saving as/exporting as just a normal PDF? If not, what settings do you change in the ...
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Why do table borders in a PDF look like they don't align properly?

I've noticed this behavior in a few different PDFs created by a few different programs (including InDesign). This only occurs when zoomed out. When you zoom in, the border looks correct. It looks ...
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How to fix “’registration color’: black” error in PDF Preflight?

I'm preparing a document for print and I am in the preflight process. One of the errors is the colour issue shown in the image below. “Registration color”: Black How can I fix this?
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PDF Printing protection

I have a client that wants to make a PDF available to download online through their own website but then also wants to add the condition to the document that it can only be printed once. Once its been ...
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How do I make the inner outline of a stroke have a gradient on my map?

Excuse any ignorance, I am actually a GIS Analyst (a cartographer) and do most of my work in GIS software. I am making a map where I need to create inner outlines, based off of an older map my work ...
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Best way to produce PDF files containing CMYK images

I've wrote a program that uses iTextSharp to produce PDF files. I'm currently producing PDF files used solely for print (personnal and professional) that contain CMYK images. The source images are ...
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Free tool to view millimeter coordinate under mouse of a PDF

I am looking for a free tool (Windows/Linux) which can display a PDF and show the coordinates under the mouse pointer in millimeter (or inch/etc just what the settings are) based on the PDF coordinate ...
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Creating text-editable templates with abundance of graphics

today I'd like somebody with more comprehensive knowledge of graphic design to help me solve a problem with creating text-oriented and text-editable templates for my co-workers. I was tasked with ...
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Photoshop is changing text when saving as PDF

When making circular text with photoshop CS6, for example: Circular written text Now, when I want to save my project as PDF the text is getting turned, for example: Turned letters, but the same ...
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adobe illustrator to pdf gives strokes around path [duplicate]

I exported my AI project to pdf and saw some weird white transparent lines between shape left is from ai right one is from pdf (look closely at hearth shape)
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Placing press quality pdf's directly into a layout

I've been doing layouts for years, always using .tifs when placing artwork. I recently received a job (started by another designer) where they were placing the press quality pdf's directly into the ...
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How can I enable inner bleeds with prime faces enabled in InDesign?

How can I enable inner bleeds in InDesign? On the screenshot you see prime faces option, and 5mm bleeds. But, as marker on 2 red lines, I can't see this inner bleed, and as a result on bottom part of ...
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Save as PDF in Photoshop: error and/or bad result

I've a problem exporting PSD files into PDF. DISCLAIMER: I rarely work with PDF and I'm probably doing a rookie mistake here. I have to print a 70x100cm BW poster so I created a new file 70x100 cm ...
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Path text gets distorted when converting PSD to PDF

So, I've got this huge PSD file and I need to convert it to PDF. What I do is: File > Automate > PDF Presentation. I do that all the time and I've never had a problem with it but this time things were ...
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Sketch exports Alpha Mask different to a PDF than to a PNG?

I'm using Sketch to make a fade out effect in an image using a gradient alpha mask as described at the bottom of this page. In Sketch it looks like I want it to, and now I want to export it both to a ...
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Why does my embedded EPS look pixelated on my Photoshop PDF?

I have a PSD file with an embedded .eps logo. When I export to Photoshop PDF and zoom in, all the text and shapes look very smooth, but the Smart Object .eps ends up not retaining its vector status. ...
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Looking for a way to create a White logo on translucent background that will be viewable in preview?

I'm delivering a package of logos (saved as .pdf), some of which are white on transparent background. When opened in preview or finder, the files appear blank because those applications default to ...
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Text messed up when exported as PDF

When I am exporting this file as PDF the text gets messed up. What causes this and how can I fix it? It's a regular text element and standard pdf presets. Merging all the layers and rasterising it ...
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Is eps the right format for photos with transparency?

I have just started with a company who make a 72pp catalogue of products. There are hundreds of linked eps files used for the product photographs (electrical trade products so typically white and ...
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InDesign interactive PDF scale slider options? [closed]

Is there a way to create a scale slider(button as an interactive PDF within inDesign. I know about the general buttons, radios, and text fields but can't seem to find anything on creating a scale to ...
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Trying To Print to PDF in Illustrator

I'm trying to set it up "with separate color layers (CMYK)" as the printer request, but the Mode is greyed out. I don't have an actual printer installed, and a PDF is the result I want. I do have up ...
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Building an interactive booklet for the iPad

I've been tasked by a client to create an 80 page interactive booklet which they would like to work exclusively on the iPad. The client is providing the complete design in InDesign. They would like ...
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PDF Printing issues with embedded transparent CMYK image

I have a couple of PDF files here which are saved as PDF/X1a:2001. Those contain some outlined/curved text as well as an embedded background image. In some of the PDFs there is a background picture ...
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InDesign, Acrobat and Illustrator and PDF-file-sizes

I’m observing strange behavior in Adobes Creative Suite (I’m on CS6 right now) when it comes to file size of PDFs. I export PDFs from InDesign with various options and sometimes need to make smaller ...

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