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Why do the photos in my Word doc seem much lower quality when saved as PDF?

By noreenoreilly ·
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I wrote my book in Word on my laptop and put photos in. Why are they reasonable quality there but seem much lower quality when the document is saved as a PDF?
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Export word document with high resolution PNG to PDF

by CallumPatterson In reply to Why do the photos in my W ...

If you are using Windows 10 then you are lucky: you don’t need any third party PDF printer. Windows 10 comes with a PDF printer called Microsoft PDF Printer (https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-hardware/how-to-add-or-reinstall-the-microsoft-pdf-printer/70377c34-e50a-42be-b9f3-92345d6e25df?auth=1) that you can make use of. I tried and it printed with decent resolution.

If running on Windows 8.1 or below, or requiring more functionality/better quality, easier solution might be to forego the in-built pdf conversion and use a pdf printer (I use pdfcreator https://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator ) You'll likely find finer grained control (including DPI settings of the printout - start w/ 600x600 but it supports up to 2400x2400 iirc).

This may be an easier solution as it won't force you to reformat existing docs. It's also free.

PS. I work a lot with text using word (link removed by moderator) & once faced that the option "do not compress images in file" wasn't enabled. If it's your case, here is how to do enable this one:
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Turn-off-picture-compression-81A6B603-0266-4451-B08E-FC1BF58DA658

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