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If you Save As or Print to PDF, you should get as good a print as is possible with the printer.
It may also be a question of printer driver; some printers have both PS and non PS drivers.
As a note, I did change the raster settings to the max 300 dpi, but that just made it a little less jagged.
At least in connexion with Type/line art, that is not very high. Is 300 the maximum possible setting?
I tried that with a PDF format but that didn't work either - still jagged. The only thing I can figure is that it has to do with my printer not being a postscript printer. I am not used to printing being so difficult! In Corel, I would create a design and just hit the print button. Any other thoughts?
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A PDF should print fine on a non PS printer.
Which PDF settings are you using?
And which printer?
Since I'm new to Illustrator, I used the default PDF settings. There are so many options when the print dialogue box comes up, that I didn't want to change anything right away. I have an HP Photosmart C6380 printer. I know it isn't a PS printer because I contacted them in regard to that. Are there certain settings I should change to optimize my print output?
What brand/model printer do you use?
I believe the key lies in the PDF settings, and not in the printer.
If you use File>Save As>PDF, there should be a setting something like File Compatibility with Acrobat levels as options; you may use the highest one available.
If you use File>Print Setup, choose Acrobat (Distiller) as printer, and click Properties, and Adobe PDF Settings, you should have a dropdown of Conversion Settings options, Press or Print probably being suitable; for each of these, you may click Edit Conversion Settings and ensure resolution and Compatibility with Acrobat/PDF levels.
The exact wording may depend on your version; I am still with 10 (and a rather old (PS) printer).
I have a feeling there has been a small communications failure here the info you have been given is correct but it was not quite complete, perhaps!
Saving the file as a pdf is correct that will pint properly but you must print from Acrobat or Reader (Acrobat Reader) which is essentially a RIP.
Saving the file as a pdf and opening it in zIllustrator makes it an Illustrator file all over again and Illustrator until you save and close it. That is nt quite right but it works like that.
So print from Acrobat or Reader (Acrobat Reader) and you will see a big difference.
There was certainly one thing I forgot to mention: When you look at the PDF, you can view it on screen and see how it will print, unless there is actually something wrong with the printer. In other words: if the issue lies in Illy or in the conversion, the PDF will look wrong.
Thank you! I downloaded Adobe Reader and printed from that program. Worked perfectly. Thanks again!
I can't thank you enough for all of your assistance! You've been a huge help. I think I misunderstood you a bit with the PDF file. I was saving as a PDF fine, but trying to print through Illustrator. When I downloaded Adobe Reader and printed from that as Wade suggested, it worked perfectly. Once again, I really appreciate your taking the time to help me out. It was starting to drive me crazy.
I figured it was just a slight misunderstanding.
Now you re up and running.
For my part you are welcome, Mowdie.
Sometimes it is the joint effort that works. And it is often a challenge to understand, and express, what is meant.
Jacob I found from experience on the Mac Illustrator forum that Acrobat was sometimes an unknown entity.
As far as printing is concerned anyway and oftened spent days figuring out why the pdf printinbg did not work, to only realize the user had
never realised that a pdf was not an illustratror format and that it was necessary to print from Acrobat or Reader. I always now mention it.
Keep it mind.
You gave them the right answer but I cxould see from my own experiendce the obvious was a missing factor.
Thought you would like to know. This can easily happen with a windows user as well. Though less likeley.
Much appreciated, Wade.
One challenge less, if succeeding to remember one more thing.