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Acrobat Pro: PDF dimensions not exact

I'm wondering for a while now: When I export a document in InDesign and view the dimensions of the pdf in Acrobat Pro, the dimensions are a little off (like ~0.002 cm). Should be 29.7 x 21 cm. When ...
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How to configure Illustrator in mm? [duplicate]

When I create a new document, everything is showed in Points not in mm despite that I have configured Illustrator to use mm instead of inches: How can I change that ?
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What does one unit refer to in this ad guideline, how do I measure this out in my own designs

I have been given this guide at work and I don't understand what they mean by 1 Unit. How do I measure this on different sizes?
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Change Gimp units from relative to absolute

Is there a way to change the guide units from relative to absolute when moving them on GIMP? Also is there a way to add a guide on the edge of the image? I can add a guide on 0,0 but not on (max,max) ...
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How to delete a unit of measurement from the Units dialog?

In GIMP 2.10.6 there's a Units dialog (Edit > Units) where you can add your own units of measurement, but there is no obvious way to remove them. How can you remove custom made units of measurement?...
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What are “user units” in Inkscape?

I created a drawing whilst learning to use Inkscape and didn't pay any attention to the units I used. When it came to saving the drawing as an image, I decided I wanted the the image to be of the ...
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Illustrator CS5 do not automatically change the measuring unit to the files default?

I am creating images for both web and print so I use pixels (px) and millimeters (mm) back and forth. But whenever I open the other type of file (i.e. opened web(px) first then print(mm), or print(mm) ...
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Inkscape: Can I use px in XML Editor?

I want to be able to edit my objects through code. But it seems that Inkscape, for some strange reason, thinks that all properties in svg's XML are in mm. I've set Grid Units to px, I checked if ...
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Why do we still use points as a measurement of type size?

I'm in the UK, which uses metric units for pretty much everything now except road distances and beer (obviously best kept apart). Page sizes have been metric here and in most of the rest of the world ...
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Are there computer graphics programs that use fractional units (not decimal)?

Are there computer graphics programs that allow use of fractional units (e.g., 1⅜") instead of decimal (1.375")?
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Point vs Pixel: What is the difference?

What is the difference between points and pixels?
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How to use inches in Inkscape?

When I edit the guide dimensions it keeps reverting to mm measurement. I just want inches and the document is in inches. How do I stop Inkscape from using the metric system by default?
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How to design with density pixels in Photoshop?

I'm programmer, not graphic designer, but I have to design some Android application interface in Adobe Photoshop (or Illustrator). I want to follow Google resources/guidelines for new Android ...
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Adobe Illustrator doesn't change units from points (pt) to pixels (px)

Text items in my project are measured with pixels as I need it to be, but shapes - only in points, even though there are "Pixels" selected in Preferences->Units. In other project files everything's ...
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Gimp: resizing image in mm

I scanned an 210X297 mm page and the scanner gave me a 899.58x1238.25 mm image. (not sure why). I am trying to resize the image to be 220x310 mm. The bit that confuses me is that is the measurement ...
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Photoshop CS5: how to change default measurement in Image Size window

For a long time, I have opened the Image Size window and have changed the sizes of my images in inches. When I open the Image Size, the default measurement was always in inches. I am aware that one ...
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What does “spaced generously at 75” mean?

I'm reading an article on typography and it is suggested at one point that a certain heading should have "Small Caps, spaced generously at 75". What does that number, 75, represent?
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Why is there no unit for (EM * line-height) or (REM * root line-height)?

This issue has been really vexing me for a while. Across the web (and in CSS frameworks like Bootstrap), REM is commonly used for everything from padding (example: padding: 2rem;) to border-radius (...
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Change the artboard dimensions unit of measurement in Illustrator?

In Adobe illustrator CC 2015 can I change the artboard dimensions unit of measurement? For example I buy a file online and the dimensions of the artboard are in px and I need it in mm.
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Illustrator internal precision?

What is the internal precision used by Adobe Illustrator? Or put another way, what internal representation does Illustrator use to store coordinate data? Try this (I'm using CS6): Zoom in as close ...
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Are physical units for web design a good idea?

Coming from a design time pre-digital and musing over the 'pixel' would a physical measurement such as a cm work in web design at some point? Do all devices have a designated ppi (pixel per inch) ...
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How can I set custom units in Photoshop?

How can I set custom units in Photoshop? For example I want to see all distances in dp, where 100.00dp = 150.00px I've tried to set it in Edit -> Preferences -> Unit & Rulers, but there ...
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Photoshop tracking and kerning: what do the number values mean?

Working on a site design where I'm trying to translate a tracking value of "100" to the CSS letter-spacing property. When I specify a tracking value of "100", what am I saying? Definitely doesn't ...
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How make rulers relate with grid somehow in Illustrator?

How to make rulers and grid show the same coordinates and units? Currently it shows absolute delirium for me:
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3ds Max units problem when importing STL file from SolidWorks

I'm trying to import a SolidWorks file (saved as .STL) to 3ds Max. The shape, vertices etc. are importing correctly. But I cannot figure out how to set the units. I made a simple 100mm x 100mx ...
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How to view a unitless raster image at 1:1 given a desired print size?

I want to preview a map that I'm generating before sending it off to the (expensive) printer. Unfortunately, the tool used to make it (TileMill) has no concept of paper sizes, DPI or any units. It ...
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Pixels in Vectors - SVG

I am working on the svg-edit application and I am receiving customer orders through the web. I am converting those pixels to mm based on the formula 3.77 pixels = 1 mm. Is there anyway that ...
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Measurements and units in svg-edit

I am doing a modified version of SVG-edit 2.6 alpha, an online tool that allows the creation of graphics. I intend to use the application to allow my university students to send files for cutting ...
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How can I set Photoshop default unit for free transfom?

You can easily set default units in Photoshop preferences, but they doesn't seem to have any effect on free transform (⌘T on the Mac), which always start with percentage as unit. I'm aware that you ...