# Damaged file in acroread when include .pdf graphic with other graphics that are clipped [closed]

I came across a weird issue when you include multiple graphics files when one is a non-clipped .pdf and the others are clipped non-pdf. I'm running pdflatex and the resulting pdf is created and can be opened fine in Evince, but I can't open it in Adobe Reader, due to the error: "There was an error opening this document. The file is damaged and could not be repaired." Here's my MWE:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{graphicx}

\begin{document}

\includegraphics[width=2in]{test.pdf}
\includegraphics[width=2in,trim=5 5 5 5,clip]{test.png}

\end{document}


I have a workaround which is to clip the .pdf graphic as well

\includegraphics[width=2in,trim=0 0 0 0,clip]{test.pdf}


but I'm still curious to know what the problem is.

EDIT: Per @Heiko Oberdiek's comment, I tried to reproduce the problem with different image files which I could post for everyone. It seems there is no problem most of the time, I evidently stumbled on the perfect combination for disaster. Here's my new MWE:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\begin{document}

% A: Created powerpoint template with image as background. Then saved as pdf.
\includegraphics[width=2in]{test_powerpoint.pdf}

% B:
% \includegraphics[width=2in,trim=0 0 0 0,clip]{test_powerpoint.pdf}

% C: Original creation of image using tikz and pdflatex
% \includegraphics[width=2in]{test_latex.pdf}

% 1: Extracted eps image from test_latex.pdf using pdftops,
% then converted to pdf using convert tool in linux
\includegraphics[width=2in,trim=5 5 5 5,clip]{test_latex_convert.png}

% 2: Took snapshot of image in test_latex.pdf, saved graphic as .png
% \includegraphics[width=2in,trim=5 5 5 5,clip]{test_latex_snapshot.png}

\end{document}


• Can you put test.pdf, test.png and the generated PDF file somewhere for download? – Heiko Oberdiek May 7 '15 at 15:24
• If I substitute your input files with example-image.pdf and example-image.png (which are LaTeX demo graphics), the result can be opened fine in Adobe reader. – Steven B. Segletes Aug 1 '17 at 11:16