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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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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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Can I check whether plain black or rich black is used for text in a pdf?

A design agency my company is using have created a flyer design for us. Upon print, it looks as if the body text on the flyer has been printed in a rich black, because the text has come out a little '...
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Graphic in PDF gets “messed up” by Adobe Reader

I designed a big front-cover for a magazine in Photoshop. I put the PNG into an ODT-Open-Office-File and then save it as a PDF. When I view it with Adobe Reader ... It seems to be a display-problem!?...
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How to create high-quality jpg from pdf in Acrobat Pro DC?

I need to a) rasterize and b) convert from CMYK to RGB a lot of pdfs, to make them work with the Flip book plugin on our homepage. The method I have used is Save as - jpg; then Combine files (...
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How to reduce a PDF with 80 TIFFs file size?

I have an InDesign document of about 80 pages with roughly around 80 high resolution TIFFs (one for each page). The average size of each TIFF is around 15MB. When I export it, the PDF's file size is ...
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Shaded box shows up when exporting pdf using drop shadow effects - Corel x6

I'm facing problems in printing a design containing a Drop Shadow. When I export the PDF from Corel X6 for Offset printing, the Object containing the Drop Shadow comes out with a shaded box, which is ...
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Is it possible to add a field/button to a pdf that allows a user to insert an image using Reader?

A client of mine wants to be able to edit text and add images to a PDF. I've set the text fields but struggling with adding images. I've created a button that runs JavaScript to add a PDF but can this ...
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In Inkscape, can I link to a pdf/svg instead of embedding its content?

I am using Inkscape as a canvas to layout existing PDF/SVG/PNG plots that I have made in Python, and then add some details and text to the overall figure. When I import the PDF/SVG files via File >&...
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InDesign extract each page as a separate file [duplicate]

In a document where I have, say, 20 business cards front and back, and I have to export them as individual PDFs. That's 40 exports! I know that in acrobat I can extract the pages afterward, but I was ...
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What causes PDF file size to increase when exporting from Illustrator?

I have a simple ad that I built in Illustrator CC with one linked image. The file size of the AI file is 5.8MB, when I export to PDF (2001 with Printer Marks and Bleeds) the file size increases ...
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How can I convert a single PDF into a multiple-page PDF in InDesign?

My company creates large blueprint-type files that our customers can print at home on standard letter size paper and then assemble into the whole. We currently do this by creating a file in ...
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Photoshop: 300dpi document exports to PDF at 72dpi

I created a file in Photoshop with a resolution of 300dpi. However, my PDF keeps producing a file that consists of what is much smaller and more like a 72dpi image. I triple checked my resolution ...
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Modifying plain PDF to introduce interactive elements

I have a 70 page PDF that I would like to modify to make elements interactive. For instance I would like to intruduce a contents page that links to other pages and links within the rest of the ...
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Character Spacing in Editable PDFs

I am creating editable PDFs in Acrobat X (I also have Acrobat XI). However, I am designing wedding envelopes and wish to set character spacing to give a more elegant look. Line spacing etc are ...
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Better way to save photos in InDesign so that they print in higher quality when turned into PDF's?

I create my newsletter in InDesign, and then save it as a PDF. I typically print a few copies from Adobe Reader, but no matter how high quality I set the printer at, my photos always look horrible and ...
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What is the best platform for displaying interactive PDFs on a tablet?

We want to produce a series of interactive PDFs which will be viewed on iPads by our employees in a retail environment (in 350+ locations in our region). We are looking for a delivery platform which ...
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Shrink (not compress) a PDF file using free software

After designing a document in Adobe Fireworks (I know, not made for it, but hey, legally buying software is expensive) I am able to export it to a PDF. The problem is that I designed it at 300 DPI, ...
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Keeping Margin Space from a PDF when Editing in Photoshop [duplicate]

I am trying to edit a PDF in Photoshop. I want to keep the white margins on the page, but each time I pull the PDF into Photoshop, it automatically crops to the size of the image on the page. I ...
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How to calculate map distances from scale

I have this PDF image of a map with a scale of 1:300. How do I obtain the real length of the object precisely, since it can be zoomed in and out? Let's just say that I want to calculate the length of ...
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Why does Illustrator sometimes save as PDF and other times it keeps it as an AI file?

I create PDF files from my Adobe Illustrator files by saving as. I would prefer it to create the pdf file and retain the AI file but sometimes it converts the ai file to a pdf. Not all the time, only ...
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How to insert document metadata into the contents?

I can set up the metadata of an output PDF via File → File info, but when using Type → Text variables → Define (as hinted here), something like Metadata → Title yields a "no intersecting link" - ...
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Preparing PDF file for black and white offset newspaper print

The print shop is asking me for a PDF in CMYK colors even though they will use only black ink for printing. My pages are originally laid out in color. Should I simply convert the page to grayscale ...
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How to combine (partially scanned handwritten) comments from multiple sources into the original pdf?

When asking colleagues for feedback on a PDF, some of them prefer adding hand-written comments on its printout instead of using the pdf comment functions of acrobat/reader, and send me the scan ...
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Illustrator: editing technical artwork imported from PDF

I have copied a technical drawing from PDF in AI and I need to add more details. However there is a box around the whole drawing which does not let me reach the individual elements of the artwork. How ...
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PDF text has strange mark at end of line of text

I have artwork that has a strange mark at the end of each line of text. This artwork is originally an SVG that was converted to a PDF using cairosvg, then opened with CorelDraw and put into ...
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Starburst/Stroke Messing Up on Export

Having some issues exporting a file in Illustrator. I'm using a dashed stroke for the starburst effect and it gets all weird on me when I export it to pdf. If I export to png then I'm left with ...
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What program do I use to create a manual or catalog?

The last time I did any desktop publishing it was ten years ago and I used Microsoft Publisher. Now I need to put together a product user manual, troubleshooting guide, and a new catalog. I figured ...
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How to automatically insert page numbers to hyperlink destination text anchors in Adobe InDesign?

I'm using Adobe InDesign to make a PDF that will have links to pages within itself (e.g. a text on page 10 links to the text on page 32). I'm using "New Hyperlink Destination" to create Text Anchors (...
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Indesign always exports previous version of document

So there's this weird thing happening: I exported a file to PDF with InDesign, then a few days later made some changes to the InDesign file and tried to export again. Yet, when I check the 'new' PDF, ...
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Alt text for many images

In my InDesign CS6 document, I want to make more accessible by adding Alt text attributes to all the image elements in the document. Some pages have multiple, separate images set up in a collection/...
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Acrobat / Illustrator: Grayscale images lose contrast on import

The original image I imported into Gimp, then converted it to grayscale by switching to grayscale mode. I exported it as Lenna-gray.jpg. After switching back to RGB mode, I exported again, as Lenna-...