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Why is PDF much larger than PNG for a vector design?

Since you haven't shown your PDF export settings, I can only make some guesses. If you have the "Preserve Illustrator editing capabilities" option checked when exporting the PDF, that could ...
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Layperson friendly software or filetype for editable/formatted form?

Tell your client "no". This is why you are hired. Would you ask a chef for his/her recipes so you can "make this on your own"? Would you ask an architect to make plans you can &...
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Open source software capable of open Sketch files

While not open source, SketchTool is free and from the same company. It's advertised as An OS X command-line app for exporting Pages and Slices out of .sketch documents. I don't know if that ...
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How to check if a PDF file is in RGB or CMYK?

A simple way is opening the PDF in Adobe Acrobat and checking out Overprint Preview. The button looks like this: It opens this window: Under Show you can filter which color mode you want to see. Set ...
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Export Artboards to separate PDFs (Illustrator)

Export> Export for screens Choose PDF as format (Press the settings icon to change preset). Enter name into the Prefix window. The name of the artboards should append after that name.
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Open source software capable of open Sketch files

Sketch is capable of exporting PDF files. I would simply ask the designer to send you a PDF version of the art; any other solution will be overly convoluted.
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How to place multi-page PDF into InDesign

It's hidden away but it is possible. 1) File > New > Document Enter the number of pages of your PDF in "Number of Pages". Deselect "Facing Pages" if you want individual pages. If you know the ...
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How do you place a multi-page PDF into only 1 page in 1 spread InDesign?

One could write a script for this, but I think for most designers it would take longer than it takes to click 90 times. You do not mention which size you want the sheet to have. Should the 40x40 mm ...
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Graphic in PDF gets "messed up" by Adobe Reader

If your image looks as it should when you zoom in there is nothing wrong with your image. OpenOffice may be resampling or compressing your image, but if it looks as it should at a higher zoom level ...
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is there a way to add hyperlinks in a Illustrator document?

You can create hyperlinks in Illustrator through the Attributes Panel: Create your text: Select Polygon from the drop down Image Map: Enter in your favorite URL: The better approach would be to ...
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What's an effective way to electronically distribute a trifold brochure for review?

What I sometimes do is just place some very light gradients where the folds are going to be, on top of all the artwork and set these to 'multiply'. This kind of simulates the folded object while ...
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Hyperlink Image Figma

The tricky solution I came up with: Put text over the image that is the same size as image, hyper link it to desired link, put opacity of font at 0%. Worked like a charm.
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Layperson friendly software or filetype for editable/formatted form?

To answer objectively, you can attempt this with Google Slides, Figma or Canva, which are sort of cloud-based, Powerpoint-similar apps. The client would still need to sign up and get used to the ...
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Is there a way to change all images to black rectangles in Adobe Acrobat?

Yes, you can do it using a third part plugin in Acrobat called Auto Redact First of all you have to set the reduction color in the preferences dialogue box as show: All you have to do after that is ...
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InDesign: how to choose which artboards to import from AI file

Import using CTRL+D (not drag & drop) and tick the "Show Import Options" check box. That will open up some options where you can choose which specific artboard to place. This is indeed ...
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PDF Design - A one size fits all devices solution

The only scenario in which I would create multiple copies of the document in varying sizes is if one was intended for print only and the other was intended for digital use and possibly at home ...
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I made a mistake on a book that is now almost done printing...What should I do?

The only solutions are... Call immediately, RIGHT NOW, to see if you can stop the process. You may be able to. Don't email.. CALL so it's immediate. Call the printer if you can. If not call the client....
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In a Print-Ready PDF, does the Printer who receives file need to have all the fonts on their machine?

Not if the PDF is saved correctly and the font licensing allows for embedding fonts. If you save a PDF as a PDF/X compatible file, by default fonts (or a subset) are embedded within the PDF. There ...
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How to begin designing PDF Business Reports

It is possible to learn how to do this. However, you should realize that graphic design is a design field you need to know quite much more than, PDF template with different styles to begin with. ...
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Why does my Inkscape export PDF look different from original SVG file?

I think I've found the problem. At first I couldn't reproduce this, but I can if I use the Export panel for exporting the PDF. The Export panel PDF export is really brand new functionality. Wouldn't ...
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How to embed a color profile into a PDF with Inkscape?

Inkscape cannot embed CMYK color profiles, sorry. Scribus can, though. Here's a workflow that I have successfully used to get a print-production-ready PDF (with the "ISO Coated v2 300% (ECI)" color ...
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‘Save as optimized PDF’ in Acrobat breaks hyperlinks created in InDesign

Okay, I've finally pinned it down. In the 'Discard User Data' panel of the PDF Optimizer dialogue, turning off 'Discard all comments, forms and multimedia' got the document’s internal navigation jumps ...
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In Inkscape, can I link to a pdf/svg instead of embedding its content?

Linking to external SVG files (but apparently not pdf files) will be possible with Inkscape 1.0 (Release notes). In Inkscape it will still be converted to a raster image, but you can set the DPI on ...
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Graphic in PDF gets "messed up" by Adobe Reader

Short answer: Never trust a .pdf viewer. Long answer: .pdf viewers are fallible. The PDF standard is very broad and has many applications. It displays files on-screen, and also creates print-ready ...
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Can I check whether plain black or rich black is used for text in a pdf?

If you have Acrobat Pro, yes you can. I don't believe Acrobat Reader has this function. (These instructions may vary depending on which version of Acrobat you use. I'm using Adobe CC 2015) Open the ...
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How to fix “’registration color’: black” error in PDF Preflight?

Simple answer: Don't use the [Registration] swatch in InDesign*. Registration black is 100% of all inks. It should only ever be used in registration marks used to reference the alignment of the ...
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Font changed in Illustrator file sent for print

Don't send a native Illustrator file. The reason the font is changed is (most likely) because they don't have the exact font installed; Illustrator files don't embed fonts. Send a PDF file, which is ...
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What exactly is a presentation or pitch deck?

Unless your client has explicitly specified a format, you're essentially wide open re: what file format you use. That being said, it's usually best to go with something that is widely recognized/...
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How can I create a PDF file from an Inkscape SVG with multiple pages?

Inkscape has no native multi page support. There used to be a plug-in for multiple pages, but I'm not sure if it still works in the most recent version of Inkscape since the developer seems to have ...
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