The resolution setting is in the PDF > Compression tab. Thisis the panel that opens after you hit Save as > PDF
Photoshop is not a great application for creating PDFs for print if there is any text in the image - especially if it is small type as you'd put on a business card. InDesign, or even MS Publisher would be better.
[EDIT] Just to clarify the above statement, all text will be rasterised and saved as a bitmap in a Photoshop PDF.
Well that seems like an odd shortcoming :\
Thanks for the info. I think my roommate has indesign, so she'll probably be able to help me out.
It seems I need help getting indesign to do what I want. The only method of getting my PSD file into indesign that I have been able to find through tutorials is using "place" (command D apparently, I cant even find it in the menus), and when I do that the result is absurdly pixellated. Totally unusable. Should I be doing something differently?
OK InDesign quickstart guide
Open indesign and create a new document. Use the drop down and choose Intent: Print and US Business card
Ctrl d opens the place image dialogue box. locate the image which can be a PSD file with no text or JPG or PNG whatever.
Drag the cursor to place and size the image. Use the Selection tool (v) to move and resize.
With your background image selected (handles and bounding box visible) use the Windows drop down to open the Text wrap panel and chose 'No text wrap' (or you won't be able to place text over it).
Now create a text frame and use the Type tool to place your text. This can be maddeningly frustrating but you'll get there. Google and Youtube is your friend.
When done, Export to PDF
or this might easier to follow
The resulting PDF will print way way better than a bitmap image created entirely with Photoshop.
I use the photoshop PDF outputs no problem for print ready files. For 100% quality files:
Save as PDF, wait for the pdf dialog box
High Quality Print (this setting may be causing your reduction in pixels if set to web output and not print)
Uncheck the "preserve photoshop editing capabilities"
select "Do not Downsample" ,
compression set to "None" or "ZIP" (or "jpeg and maximum image quality" if you want to reduce the filesize and image quality)
The resluting PDF will embed all embeddable font layers into the PDF, and all images as layers into the pdf. Some fonts are copyright and will not be embedded into a PDF.
Before saving think about what layers you want to flatten, eg flatten everything except font layers.
I also only ever save a pdf by "making a new documnet from current state" in the history pallete. That way you are sure you wont accidently save a flattened version of your psd.
Hey that works. You can zoom right into the text without pixelization. Nice one.
The text isnt embedded so perhaps it has to do with the font I'm using. I could live with that, but it's still reducing the resolution to 72 dpi, which is the part that I really dont understand.
I'm at a complete loss for why I cant seem to create a PDF with 300 dpi.
When you Save as > pdf are you checking all the tabs in the the resulting panel? Are you seeing the same panel I posted the screen grab of in post #1