Adobe CS4 PDF merge pixelation issue

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One of my customers recently purchased Adobe Photoshop CS4. They have several single page PDF's they need to merge into one file. Unfortunately, they do not have all of the source files (photoshop file, images, etc).

When the PDF's are merged using Adobe Bridge, all taxt / images are pixelated. The source images are fine.

I merged the PDF's with 3rd party software and the pages are not pixelated in any way.

Has anyone seen this or have any idea how to fix it? My customer will not accept using third party software to do this.
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Top Expert 2009

Commented:
By merge I presume you mean combine the pdfs into one multipage document?

Can they use InDesign to do this instead?

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Commented:
They do not have InDesign and will not accept purchasing additional software after paying $600 for CS4.

Photoshop should be able to handle this.
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What do you mean by merge?
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I'm sorry, I meant to clarify in my last post.

By merge, I mean combine. They have 1 pdf for each page in a book, they are trying to combine these into one pdf.

I've checked every setting I can find in Blend. The only setting that even looked like it would affect quality is the high/low quality setting, which of course is on high.

The dimensions of each page is the same as the final product (8.5x11in).

It just doesn't make sense to me that Adobe (creators of PDF?) software has a problem merging / combining PDF documents.
Top Expert 2009
Commented:
Unfortunately Photoshop isn't really able to do this, create multipage pdfs, which is why I suggested the Indesign option. As a one off, downloading the 30 day free trial would get round this. The only other thing I might suggest is trying the free trial option of adobe acrobat.com. For this one instance.

https://acrobat.com/#page=signup_only&su=1

You get 5 pdf conversions after that they sting you with a subscription option.

Again this maybe falls into the third party route, that your client wishes not to take.

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There biggest problem is Adobe Photoshop - specifically Adobe Blend 3 that is part of their Photoshop package - is *supposed* to do this.

In fact, it does combine the pdf's into a multipage pdf. The problem is it does a horrible job.

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The customer I was working with heard the same response you gave from other Photoshop users.

They still weren't happy, but your comments helped me convince them to ask around before insisting I "fix it" because it "should work".

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