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    Junior Member comatrix is on a distinguished road
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    PDF lock

    Hello,
    i'm a beginner who is entering the world of graphics (and it is enormous, i didn't think it was like this wow ).
    Now they learned us to use and create PDF files from Adobe Package Programs to show our work or for futures clients.
    Now to lock PDF and avoid plagiarism (they say it is often the rule today to copy others work and ideas) there are several options in Adobe Programs:

    - Password to open
    - Password to print
    - Password to modify
    - Password to extract content, font and so on

    But those methods are easily to bypass.
    Do exist others ways to do it?
    Thanks in advance

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    Junior Member korben is on a distinguished road korben's Avatar
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    I would say that protecting a pdf with a password is not the best, keep simple little programs for PC or Mac to unlock them or simply just print the PDF file.

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    Junior Member CO3derek is on a distinguished road
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    Actually pdf to someone's easy to read and print.
    Generally let it open, print in all purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CO3derek View Post
    Actually pdf to someone's easy to read and print.
    Generally let it open, print in all purpose.
    I second to that. PDF files are actually convenient for smartphones these days to read/approve on the go. If the PDF file is being encrypted, it may not be easily read.

    Alternatively, you can actually send low-res PDF for communication purposes.


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    Hello
    We often have the same problem of sending out proofs and having it copied
    You could flatten the image and do a low res, or go as far as to watermark the whole thing. If someone is so desperate to copy your work that they are willing to redraw
    from a low res watermarked image, you should just think of it as a compliment as your work is regarded by them as superior to anything they could come up with.

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    Junior Member comatrix is on a distinguished road
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    Thanks nightshade, that is a good idea.
    I will make it low res and apply a watermark if necesseary

    Thanks to all others people who posted in my topic, as always tyou are useful

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    The problem then is that a customer views the low res PDF and thinks the designer is inept!

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    The watermark approach is ok, but even then its pretty easy to get around by opening the document in Illustrator.

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    Donor nightshade is on a distinguished road
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    Hello
    I think this could become like the pc vs mac, there is probably no solution that works for all situations. In more detail, when we supply proofs to our corporate customers we supply decent proofs and will set a pdf password limiting editing and reducing the resolution on a printout, for the once in a while customer, depending on the job we might do the same or we will go the lower res, flattened route but point out to the customer that we do this as we have been burnt in the past and it is our standard policy.
    We even have a policy of conduct in our reception area that states this fact. For the really iffy guys, and you can sometimes pick them up by the things they say, they get the flattened image with a watermark, usually a transparent image over the whole design.
    A good example would be the type of thing you see at a stock photo site with there sample images

    Hope this is more useful
    Regards

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    Not Have Password Open Can't Remove Password

    If You Have Password To Open You can Remove All Password

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    One method would be to first save the PDF to make it a low-resolution image rasterizing the vector, but not low quality at 150 dpi to allow the work to be visible and legible.
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    Thanks for sharing

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    Nice question and post!

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    The best solution is a online approval system that allows the customer to view but not download your files. bullet proof ;)

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    The online approach really isn't that practical from a client perspective. Viewing offline or making notes would be impossible. It might be more convenient to just print them out and snail-mail them.

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