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Images imported into Pages are blurry when sent as PDF

2792 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 28, 2012 6:49 AM by Peter Hypki RSS
Peter Hypki Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 27, 2012 6:44 PM

Just got Pages and am trying to produce my first newsletter. Using a template, I dragged some images over an existing image in the template. I also added some images on my own and used the masking tool to crop them. Pics varied in size from 1200x1600 to 3264x2448. They looked good in Pages, but when I used the Send via Mail as PDF function, all of the images appeared blurry in the PDF.


Can someone tell me what I did wrong and how I can get clear pics in my newsletter?



Pages, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,710 points)

    Pages '09 v4.2. and 10.8.2.


    I just selected the Fashion newsletter, then dropped a 1920x1200x72dpi sRGB image onto the woman's image. It automatically resized to fit the frame. Saved the Pages document. Then, used the Send via Mail as PDF option.


    In Mail, I selected the PDF, and then tapped the spacebar to bring the PDF page up in QuickLook. I then dragged this adjacent to the open Pages document and could not detect (at 72 dpi) any visual differences in color or resolution.


    From QuickLook, you can view the PDF in the default PDF application. Does it still resolve differently in Preview or Acrobat Reader?


    I think it was mentioned here in the Pages community earlier that Pages and Preview use different OS X imaging libraries than Mail. Anyone care to comment?

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,360 points)

    Probably it has been downsampled to 72dpi.


    There are 3 levels of compression/quality in creating the pdfs from Pages and the lowest is probably used for Mail to keep the size down.


    Try using Menu > File > Export and chose a higher quality pdf, or Print to PDF which does not downsample the images unless you have applied some form of transparency to them in which case they are down sampled to the very low 72dpi.


    You should adjust the size/resolution of your images in Preview .app they sound way too big in the first palce.




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