Why Are My JPEG Images Blurry When I Make a PDF File in Pagemaker?

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Why Are My JPEG Images Blurry When I Make a PDF File in Pagemaker?
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The Portable Document (PDF) Format lets you capture and view robust information — from almost any application, on any computer system — and share it with virtually anyone, anywhere. Creating a PDF from a PageMaker document allows anyone with the free Acrobat Reader to view the document. Many variables, however, can impact the quality of images in PDF files.

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Blurry Original Images

If the original JPEG image files that are placed into PageMaker are blurry, the resulting PDF file will also be blurry. The only way to correct this problem is to recreate the images or graphics.

Image Distortion

If the JPEG file itself looks sharp and clear, you may have distorted the image when placing it into PageMaker. Delete the image and reimport into PageMaker. Be careful not to distort the image by holding the "Shift" key when resizing the photo to keep the image proportional. Distorted images look blurry in PDFs.

PDF Settings

If the JPEG image and the PageMaker document both look clear, the blurriness could be a result of the Acrobat PDF Distiller settings. When using the Adobe PDF plug-in for PageMaker, make sure to select the image quality needed to match the printing technique. Generally speaking, set the image quality setting to at least 300 dpi. The pre-loaded settings for Press Quality and High Quality will also produce sharp graphics.

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