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Print to PDF vs Export PDF

May 21, 2013 6:08 AM

Tags: #problem #text #indesign #printing #print

Hello Adobe forums

 

I'm experiencing a difference in the print quality of simple plain text, when printing (CTRL P) to a PDF, rather than exporting the PDF via the File menu.

 

It's on a large Konica/Minolta office printer.

 

When using the export PDF feature (even on the highest quality/press quality setting), some of the text comes out like some of the letters is in bold.

 

When using the print to PDF (CTRL P), the text comes out just fine.

 

Can anyone explain this? What is the actual difference between the two methods of saving to a PDF?

 

Ive never come across this problem when sending PDFs to printing/press companies, using the export press quality profile, but only on our office printer.

 
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    May 21, 2013 6:15 AM   in reply to ar3t

    Printing to PDF is distilling the PDF and you lose all live transparency and interactivity, along with layers and style color management information. Exported PDF may or may not contain live transparency and interactive content, as well as layers and color management information depending on the settings you use.

     

    What you are describing is typical of pages that have transparency or a transparency effect like a drop shadow interacting with text, but without seeing the file it's nearly impossible to say for sure what is happening.

     
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    May 21, 2013 3:36 PM   in reply to ar3t

    Exactly what settings are you using for exporting PDF? That could make a tremendous difference.

     

    At Adobe, for print purposes, we would recommend PDF/X-4.

     

    Also, how are you printing the resultant PDF file? From Acrobat or Reader (and what version)? Or does your printer supposedly support direct PDF printing?

     

            - Dov

     
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    May 22, 2013 3:51 AM   in reply to ar3t

    Check that when you export to PDF, then go to Print that the setting for 'Size Options' is set to 'Actual Size' rather than 'Fit'.

     

    'Fit' usually squishes the pages down a fraction and causes text to seem like it is dipping between bold and regular.

     
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    May 22, 2013 3:51 AM   in reply to ar3t

    I had a Konica Minolta printer and had to get a Postscript Driver to install on the computer. It shows up as a new Printer on your computer.

     

    This resolved the issue.

     
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    May 22, 2013 5:18 AM   in reply to ar3t

    Have you tried setting up a new document, typing some text and repeating the process? See whether it is the file you're currently working with, or whether it may indeed be related to the printer.

     
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