InDesign/PDF/Stroke help

Posted on 2008-10-23
Last Modified: 2013-12-02

   I was wondering if anyone could tell me why my stroked path looks pixelated when I export a PDF (at print quality) from InDesign. I just can't get it to look crisp at all......

Thanks for any advice!!!
Question by:joanna_l
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Expert Comment

ID: 22794194
so this line was drawn in indesign? or is it an image placed into indesign?

If its drawn in indesign then that is odd. Try opening a new page, re-drawing the line and see if you have the same problem. If not then copy and paste the new one in place of the old one and hopefully that should resolve the problem. Maybe you accidently hit a short cut that did something odd.

Author Comment

ID: 22797116
Hi Genome....

  Hmm, I tried your suggestion, and it still looks strange. I first used the pencil tool and the second line is the pen tool. It's so frustrating because I need to hand in a portfolio tomorrow and this stupid line looks so weird.

Expert Comment

ID: 22810795
well if i draw a line with either in indesign they PDF fine because they are vectored. You have attached a PNG rather than a PDF. Just to be sure you arn't making a png by accident are you?
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Author Comment

ID: 22822950
Hi again Genome,

I was definitely creating a print quality PDF and just using the plain old pen tool to draw a very simple line! I don't think I was doing anything wrong...I even tried in different documents. One of those unexplainable things I guess....

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Expert Comment

ID: 22842216
Here is the question: does it print this way? It might just be your screen display.

Expert Comment

ID: 22842815
good point BongSoo.

I had it in my mind you had tried printing this but looking back you never said you did.

Author Comment

ID: 22847123
Hi again,

   I actually haven't printed it out...but I was emailing this around as my PDF I wanted to look good on screen. I guess if it is the resolution problem then there's nothing I can really do about it....?

Accepted Solution

Genome_A_W earned 250 total points
ID: 22848356
test it on another computer with a higher resolution. If that looks fine then i wouldnt worry about it as to most people it will look fine. If indeed that is the problem.

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