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  • I cannot edit my customers PDF, but I want to tile them without a gap?

    Posted by Simon Worrall on February 27, 2023 at 10:49 pm

    Hi Me again!

    I have a customer who keeps sending me PDFs with a number of Corflute signs on them to print, they each have crop marks and bleed.
    I like to print Corflutes up close without a gap so I can apply the vinyl to the Corflute signs in a single go, and cut them out with a single cut between them. Cropmarks are always slow going.
    Usually, I can rearrange them in Illustrator, but this customer seems to be unable to grasp the concept of editable PDFs or outlining text, and they are proving to be a good customer so I don’t want to rock the boat too much.
    I have an HP Latex 335, with FlexiPrint. Is there any easy way to tile them up close to the crop marks in FlexiPrint?

    Or any other ideas?
    Thank you.

    Martyn Heath replied 1 year, 3 months ago 4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Martyn Heath

    February 28, 2023 at 5:31 am

    I get what you saying.
    Why don’t you add a clipping mask to each individual file, then you have a separate file you can tile without leaving gaps.
    So, import your pdf to illustrator, add a clipping mask to one of the artworks, save, and then repeat the process with the other artworks.

  • David Hammond

    February 28, 2023 at 10:50 am

    A couple of things you could try:
    1) In acrobat pro, under the pre-flight tools, there’s an option to convert fonts to outlines in there. It’s subject to how the PDF was created though, but can work.
    2) Rather than opening the PDF, create a new document and ‘place’ the PDF within it, when placing the file, make sure the “show import” option is ticked, and it’ll let you select pages, and more importantly, whether the crop box area, bleed area, or the whole thing, so you can place a cropped image. It doesn’t show any font errors with the document being placed.

  • Simon Worrall

    February 28, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    1. Illustrator won’t open the documents.
    2. The fonts are not outlined, so unless I have the font on my system, I then have to go out chasing the dam things on the internet.

    • Martyn Heath

      March 1, 2023 at 7:36 am

      Ok thats strange that you cant place them into illustrator. With regards to the fonts, dont embed the file once in illustrator then the fonts will not change.

  • Simon Worrall

    February 28, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    1. I Don’t have acrobat pro. I suppose I should get that.
    2. Placing works, thank you for that! but the fonts turn into the “default font”

    However, I found a workaround yesterday, which is a bit slow, but still…
    in Flexiprint you can individually clip the panels and reduce the margin between them to zero.
    A bit hit-and-miss though.

  • Colin Crabb

    February 28, 2023 at 10:30 pm

    InDesign would be your friend here.
    Create an artboard size required > place file > position > Save & export.

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