Watermark images and images with a drop shadow are very pixelated but other images will print fine
In the Print>Graphics tab make sure Send Data is set to All. If you are using transparency (drop shadows) the Print>Advanced>Transparency Flattener preset will affect output.
Lines and text that are not 100% black are coming out jagged
Any percentage of black is going to get halftoned at 133lpi
Thank you for the reply. I set the Send Data to All and the Transparency Flattener was at high resolution. I cant tell any change in the printed quality.
I did try exporting the InDesign document as a high quality PDF and the quality is perfect but when the PDF is sent to the Xante printer, we get the same low quality printing results.
Was the PDF flattened? What happens with a PDF/X-1a export?
The PDF wasn't flattened but I just tried exporting it and taking it to Photoshop to flatten and printing from there. Still no change.
Then I tried exporting as a PDF/X-1a 2003 (i had that and 2001) with all the default settings and there is a slight change... the drop shadows still look horrible but the image itself is crisper. Still seeing white dots in the grays and halftones though.
So do you have problems with pages that have no transparent objects—there's no checkerboard icon in the Pages panel?
No, no problems with non-transparent objects and texts at 100% black. Text and lines that I have set to a pantone gray and not screened have the same issues as text and lines that are screened.
I am looking in my Pages panel but I am not seeing any checkerboard icons.
Text and lines that I have set to a pantone gray and not screened have the same issues as text and lines that are screened.
How about gray text set and printed from Photoshop.
I'm with Rob on the halftone statement. Anything NOT 100% of anything will be a halftone screen. Let's look at another possibility, though. Have you gone to the Xante site and downloaded the latest driver for your model? If so, then have you gone into InDesign under File/Print Presets and created a preset using that driver? You'll have to go in and set all the print preferences correctly for that driver, as well.
I want halftone screens. I just want them to look nice when printed.
And yes, we did update the drivers. I've also created a preset for that printer. I did try a brand new file in Photoshop and I get the same results as I do the InDesign files.
Changing the send data and finding the high resolution transparency settings have made things much better. Images are looking great. Screened lines are better too and you can hardly tell a difference.
Thanks for the help!