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inparadise Posted: Sat, Sep 22 2007 12:25

I need to do a program layout. Companies are sending me pdf files. They look great in the adobe viewer but when I copy, or take snapshop  or save and try to import into coreldraw 12 the images breakdown and look pixilated and fonts are substituted. What can I do?? I need help quick!!  How can I make fonts outlined so I don't need every font that's in every ad? Is there another program I need to get - I'm open to recommendations.

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aart replied on Sun, Sep 23 2007 7:33

 Oh, I'm so glad it's not just me Tongue Tied I've been trying to find the answer to this question for quite some time. Hope some of the gurus out there can help with this one.

If the corel "powers that be" monitor this forum this is what we want - a pdf import filter that:
when we get pdf files from any source, we would save them into a file.
Then in the corel import filter dialog box we would have an option to mark to be able to; 1) import it so we can edit it 2) change fonts or have it 3) convert all the text to outlines or graphics so fonts are kept as is and there's no need to have all the fonts or subsititutions. We also need it to be in the same resolution as it was sent. (Now I get pdf that look great in adobe reader but when imported into corel they are low resolution and very pixilated.)  
and oh yeah - we want it asap!!

FIX OPTION:   But until then -  my very smart, charming husband - found a way around it
We loaded a ps (postscript driver in my printer list) we used   -    HP C Laser jet 4500-PS 
---  open your pdf in adobe - go into file - down to print then put in the ps driver in the window - hit ok.
it will prompt you for an output file name - I just put it in my temp directory  c:\temp\filename.eps
the name has to have .eps
then go into corel draw and import it -
everything is in place, fonts are perfect, resolution is great.
yipee it works just dandy!!

Inparadise
aart replied on Mon, Sep 24 2007 7:30

 Thanks so much, I'm off to find me a ps driver.  Well, I went in search of a ps driver and had some problems finding one. I ended up loading one from the Adobe site. But that's as far as I got. I'm not understanding your instructions. I brought up a file in Adobe, print, print to file, named it with a .eps extention, went into Corel and tried to import it and couldn't find it anywhere. I went into explore and searched everywhere, but it's not to found. Did I miss something? When I gave it an output file name, it didn't ask me where I wanted to save it. Do I need to give the entire c:\temp.....etc in the output file name? The driver you loaded - do you have a HP C Laser jet 4500? or did you just use that one? Do I need to find a ps driver for my printer? or will anything do? How do I load this driver into the printer list? It will only allow me one extention and it's not what the driver is.

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inparadise:
They look great in the adobe viewer but when I copy, or take snapshop  or save and try to import into coreldraw 12 the images breakdown and look pixilated and fonts are substituted. What can I do?

CorelDRAW 12 is a quite old version, so will have problems with PDF made with newest versions of programs. Also, it's not the same "adobe Reader" than "Adobe Acrobat". Copy/paste is not a good option, because use Windows clipboard loose resolution.

 

inparadise:
Then in the corel import filter dialog box we would have an option to mark to be able to; 1) import it so we can edit it 2) change fonts or have it 3) convert all the text to outlines or graphics so fonts are kept as is and there's no need to have all the fonts or subsititutions. We also need it to be in the same resolution as it was sent. (Now I get pdf that look great in adobe reader but when imported into corel they are low resolution and very pixilated.)

If you import the PDF you can edit it, and never chenges resolution.If the file has 300 dpi you will have a 300 dpifile inside CorelDRAW. 

The main problem is that no all PDF are the same, and not all have the same settings. Some PDF have the fonts inside (embedded), some others not, some PDF have good resolution, others not. 

Ariel Garaza Díaz

 


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Any PS driver will do, just install the printer driver and specify FILE: as a print port. Windows printerg installation wizard is extremely straightforward. Then in the application ( ANY application that can print ) select this PS printer, you will be prompted for the file name. It is up to you to remember where by default the PS file is saved, the default location is different between OSs and ( some ) drivers. You do not need to assign EPS extension, PS drivers do not generate  EPS ( Encapsulated  PostScript ) files. The fact it works is just because most apps, including Draw, do not look at extension at all and are capable to find out that EPS file is in fact a regular PS and proceed accordingly.

In case of Draw, InDesign, AI, Acrobat Pro and many other professional desktop applications you do not even need to install PS driver, all of them have built- in PostScript output engines. In Draw it is Device Independent PostScript ( DIPS ) that can be found in the printer list in print dialog, or Export to EPS functionality.

Note that X5 uses PDF path even when importing PostScript, the PS is converted to PDF via GhostScript in the background. X4 and below use separate PS and PDF import filters.

No matter what app you use and what path ( PDF/PS ) it is user's responsibility to ensure that fonts are embedded into the PS/PDF file on export. Plus, in order to be able to edit, as opposite to merely view, fonts on other systems these systems must have these fonts ( i.e. real .ttf, .otf fonts ) installed. Merely embedding fonts into PDF does not mean these fonts can be used for editing on the other side, this is mostly font licensing limitation all apps are forced to obey. Draw has its share of font importing bugs to be blamed for in some scenarios, but still there a lot of factors there that are simply outside of apps' control. Converting fonts to curves on exporting stage is often the most reliable solution, if the app let you do that.  

Gennady

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