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Dark images when creating a PDF in Frame 10

Nov 13, 2012 2:55 PM

We're having an issue with dark images in the PDFs created from Framemaker files. I've been trying to solve it two different ways, but each solution seems to have it's own set of problems...


1. When we print to PDF using a .ps file generated through Acrobat Distiller, our manuals print fine, but a large majority of the graphics are coming out WAY too dark, with some details being 100% illegible.


2. I can take small documents and "Save as PDF," and the graphics come out fine. But when I try to do this with a large document (100-1,000 pages), Framemaker gives me the infamous "Framemaker has detected a serious problem and must quit" error and then crashes.


Anyone else seen this? I have the latest (I believe) patch.

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    Nov 13, 2012 6:06 PM   in reply to SP Digits

    You might want to specify what kind of graphics are giving you problems.

    Frame drawings or imported files? If imported, what file type? RGB or

    CMYK? Any spot colors?


    The best graphics are EPS because FrameMaker passes them around the

    Windows GDI unchanged and EPS files can retain spot colors, too. Other

    types of graphics get passed through Windows GDI and converted to RGB

    where the result can sometimes be astounding. In Save as PDF, what's the

    setting for "Convert CMYK colors to RGB?"


    Check also "GetLibraryColorRGBFromCMYK=" in maker.ini and change it from

    "Printing" to

    "None". That seems to get the best results for having what you see on

    screen match what ends up in the PDF.


    There are also color management settings in your Distiller .joboptions

    file that can affect the result. Usually, you want to set Settings>Edit

    Adobe PDF Settings> Color> Color Management Policies to either "Leave

    Color Unchanged" or "Tag only Images for Color Management."

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