Graphics Info Needed

Posted on 2006-06-11
Last Modified: 2013-11-19
Hello -
I am needing some info on the attached pdf that is a cover for a catalog.  Since it is a pdf, does that mean that is was created in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop and then saved as a pdf?  Can anyone tell me what program this was created in?  This file is 1.86 MB

Here is a zip of it if you prefer:  This file is 1.5 MB
They want the gradient changed to a red, gray, or blue. Can this be done and if so - what program would be needed to do it?  I am not a graphics person - where would I find someone that could do this and what would be the cost for doing it?

Any help or information would be greatly appreciated!
Frieda :-)

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Its hard to tell  exactly what program this was created in. U can change the background color in photoshop, but it may take a little bit of work because of the shadows,etc.  Hopefully this .pdf file was saved in layers.  If you have access to photoshop or illustrator, open it there and look at the layers palette.  If its saved in layers it will be a lot easier to edit.  

How to change the colors:

Masking to keep from coloring the objects you don't want to:

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A PDF can be created from any number of different programs. If you open a PDF in Acrobat 7, you can tell a lot of information by going to File > Document Properties. Then click on Additional Metadata, and scroll down to and click on Advanced. This gives you a couple of different properties. I did this for your PDF, and under both PDF Properties and XMP Core Properties, it says that your PDF was created in Illustrator 8.0.

However, I am not clear on which vignette you want to change? Is it the triangular A logo (grey inverted v over red triangle) or the entire blue background?

If you have the font, you could probably open the PDF in Illustrator (I don't have the font and even though its embedded in the PDF, once you open it to edit it you need the font) and adjust the logo in illustrator. Otherwise you could open the file in illustrator, export the image in the background, edit the color in photoshop and then re-import it.

But that might be a bit more involved than you might think.

If this is for a commercial endeavor and you are going to print this, your best bet is to obtain the original files if possible. Either way, if its changing the background photo, talk to your printer. If its the logo, any qualified graphic artist should be able to do. Costs vary, so its hard to tell you how much to expect. A print shop can charge @$100/hour or more for such alterations.


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Great information!!  I only need the background color changed.  Everything else remains the same.  Can a print shop change the color or will I have to find a graphics person?  I have never used Illustrator but am familiar with layer.  It sure would be lucky if the pdf was editable.  Are  there any reputable places where I coukld go that you know?

Many thanks!   This is the info that I needed.

Frieda :-)
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BongSoo earned 250 total points
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A print shop should be able to do this, and I would recommend that as most printshops have people in thier prepress departments that do this kind of work every day. Your typical graphics person might do this occasionally, but I doubt they will have anywhere near as much experience as your typical prepress/scanning person, unless they spent a lot of time in the printing industry.

The pdf is editable, you just have to know how to do it. You could attempt this yourself if you were comfortable with the color correction, but I wouldn't recommend it to a beginner.

I should also point out that you are better off doing this at the place where it will be printed. Most places will cut you some cost if you go in with the correction up front of the piece being printed, as opposed to just having it corrected and then having the piece printed somewhere else, or waiting until after the first proof to ask for it to be corrected.

Hope that helps.

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Thanks again, BongSoo!  I agree with you on this.  I can't begin to tell you how helpful this has been.

Frieda :-)
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I'm glad I could help. Good luck!


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