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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Opening PDF Files in Illustrator

With the exception of PDFs created from Illustrator with the Preserve PDF Editing Capabilities option selected, it’s rarely a good idea to open and edit PDF files in Illustrator. Even though Illustrator is willing to give it a try, you run the risk of causing damage to the file integrity, especially when the PDF has been generated by non-Adobe applications.

If a PDF contains very simple content—say, just a vector logo—you may be successful editing the file in Illustrator. But if you attempt to edit a file containing a font not available on your system, you won’t be able to edit any text, and the file will not image correctly since font substitution will be take place.

If you are frequently required to edit PDFs ...

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