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Whats an economical software to open pdf files and export as high res tiffs or jpegs

Discussion in 'General Software' started by gabagoo, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    I usually would do this with a version of acrobat that came on 1 of the computers I have had for 10 years. These days either it can't open the files or fails in exporting to high res jpg or tiff with info missing.

    Whats an inexpensive software that will do this? I have Signlab and Flexi but I don't trust either as far as fonts or transparencies as I have found problems in the past.

    anything cheap out there I can buy to do the job?
     
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    GIMP (free)
     
  3. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    I'm fond of Scribus, also free.
     
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  5. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    Thanks guys will find one from this selection
     
  6. JBurton

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    I'm curious why you would want to convert from a pdf?
     
  7. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    acrobat pro will always be my go-to. convert fonts to outlines, export new pdf to photoshop to flatten to whatever image format/colorprofile you want.
     
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  8. bannertime

    bannertime "You guys do banners, right?"

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    Not sure about you, but we get these wonky PDFs from time to time that really need flattened to make sure they print correctly. We just had some for a large job where Illustrator pulled them in as Non Native Art. So we opened in Photoshop, rendered at 300 1:2 and then saved as TIFF. Pulled back into Illustrator, used a custom trace and welded all that together to create a contour cut line. I had one for a reunion banner earlier this week that was "print ready" however, it'd print all these weird overprints and cause this blue and white cloud to turn black and brown. After two or three attempts at resaving we exported as JPEG and moved on.
     
  9. gabagoo

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    I have learnt the hard way that my Flexi for print has a nasty habit of defaulting to different fonts and ignoring transparencies.. Better safe than sorry. I would rather convert to a bitmap so that all is as should be.
     
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    ghosting transparencies.
     
  11. Bly

    Bly Very Active Member

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    Just open the pdf directly in Photoshop?
     
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    Flexi and PDF sometimes DO NOT play well with each other!
    things would be fine, you would get lax on doing your pre-flight check. BAM print a job (usually substantial) only to see the issue AFTER it was printed


    this is one reason we got rid of Flexi, especially after we got burned on over 2,360 SQFT of mesh banner being printed wrong......
     
  14. JBurton

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    Ouch, I'm not totally familiar with flexi, but I'm guessing it functions as a RIP? What software did you move to?
     
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    it is a Design Program / RIP combo,

    we moved to Caldera
     
  16. player

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    PDFs can be problematic in any program. I have had colour issues and weird banding printing a PDF from Versaworks. Finally tried saving as an eps and all was well.
     
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    Always used Photoshop for this when needed. I can't recall a time when it didn't interpret a PDF correctly.
     
  18. d fleming

    d fleming Very Active Member

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    I have no problem doing what you describe in SL.
     
  19. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    I use version 8 but pro version with no rip. zLike I said depending on how they were made sometimes they come in OK and other times you have to look very carefully as things change
     
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    Photoshop is the only tool I would trust for converting PDF to TIFF reliably.

    Acrobat can do a nearly identical job of it, except it doesn't anti-alias, so you get jagged edges that you can only compensate for by exporting at a much higher resolution.
     
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