PDF Document Margins

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Feb 23, 2022 Feb 23, 2022

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I am trying to take a pdf I created on another app and adjust the margins proportionally. I'm ok if the text and images get smaller. I just need to have 1 inch margins. I feel like this should be a really simple thing but I've googled and searched for different apps and tried a million things in both illistrator and acrobat and nothing seems to work. Unfortunately I can't change the margins in my original file since the program I'm using just wont let me do it the way I would like without messing with a bunch of formatting.

 

Also, is there a reason i can't use the global edit tool on pdf links in illistrator? 

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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PDFs are quite specific since the format isn't really meant to be editable to begin with. Changing the artboard size and re-saving your document should work, though, just as should assing it to a suitably sized canvas using the File --> Place function rather than opening it directly.

 

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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"Also, is there a reason i can't use the global edit tool on pdf links in illistrator?"

Yes, because it's a link, not the actual art.

You should be able to click on the linked pdf and choose Edit Original button in control strip, but you're then opening a pdf in Illy which is not a pdf editor, so your mileage may vary...

What is the "other" program you are using?

 

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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Just Place (Link) the PDF into a new Illustrator or InDesign document and scale it to get the size of margins you want, then re-PDF the new document.

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