Fuzzy & Grainy Text In Visio 2010 Process Flows After Saving As Image


I am working with Visio and creating Process Flow Diagrams, not a problem there.

When the Process Diagrams are complete, I capture the full Process Flow as an image using the "Snipping Tool" and place the image(s) in a document.

Some of the text within the various process boxes is a little grainy and this is the issue I am trying to resolve.

Is there a way I can get a sharper and crisper image of these Process Flows between capturing them in Visio and placing them as images within a Word Document?
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
Irrespective of what Word may do to the image, I agree with the comments above that increasing the resolution of the source image is likely to be the best solution.

Instead of using the snipping tool, why not just let Visio create the images for you? When you do that it's easy to control the image resolution. In Visio:
File>Export>Change file type>PNG>Save As

After you specify where to save the image you'll see the 'PNG Output Options' dialog, which includes an output resolution setting. The default is to match screen resolution1 but clicking 'Print' boosts the resolution to 600 dpi2which should be sufficient to solve your problem.

Note: you can choose JPEG or another image format if you prefer.
This should answer this question


Word Compresses the image which degrades the quality. Please look at the link above in order to turn this feature off.
Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
I suspect it comes down to the resolution of the image (.png) which is created.

Various articles if you use "windows snipping tool resolution" in Google.

How about printing to PDF instead and embedding the PDF into the document?

Alternative use Print Screen and then use a suitable graphics package to edit the image to show only what is required.

Both solutions should work in increasing the resolution of your Images. Rob's solution
Alternative use Print Screen and then use a suitable graphics package to edit the image to show only what is required.
will probably provide the best results but requires additional work in order to accomplish.
Lord_DragonAuthor Commented:
Thank you all
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