Outputting to PDF leaves images pixelated and a mess

Posted on 2005-05-10
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Hi there!

I produce invoices in Microsoft word and have more recently been printing them to PDF to send digitally. The problem is that any images I have in the document, including my company logo, come out a mess. I've tried playing with all the preferences but it seems to make no difference.

I tried exporting from a high res photoshop file too and got the same even then.

What am I doing wrong? I'm sure I must be missing something obvious.

Many thanks in anticipation!
Question by:m175400
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    Which version of Acrobat are you using? On the printer properties dialog for the Distiller or Adobe PDF printer you can select Distiller Job Option. Make sure that you are not using something like "Screen Optimized" or "low quality".
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    Microsoft Word will export images low res when you tell it you want to send the final file via email. If you want hires (and they may create huge files) depending on your logo print to Adobe PDF do not use PDFMaker. In the printer settings choose Print optimised this will probably downsample images to 150dpi which is acceptable for print. It all depends on how your logo was created and how large the file is
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    Hi guys.

    I've installed Acrobat 7 and it seems to be fine now, having not touched any settings.

    The logo was embedded in word by jvarious means, all creating the same result. I pasted an image directly from Photoshop, tried that at 300dpi, 150dpi, 72dpi. Still all came out equally poor.

    I also tried Insert->Picture_>From file in Word and got the same result having saved the image off as a bmp, a gif, a jpg, u name it!

    All seems ok now. As a rule of thumb though, what dpi does word print at? I am a bit confused by this.

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