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Print quality worse when converting jpegs to pdfs inside Acrobat Pro

Community Beginner ,
Apr 21, 2024 Apr 21, 2024

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I made 2 contact sheets of photos with captions inside Lightroom and exported them as jpegs at 300ppi 8.5"x11". From there I did further editing in Photoshop-- adding titles and saved them at the highest quality (12). Then I opened the jpegs inside Acrobat Pro and selected the option that combined them together in one pdf. When I printed those pages, there was obvious ghosting in the text as well as an appearance of compression artifacting. Overall the prints did not look professional or high quality. I downloaded a separate program to make contact sheets, thinking the issue was with Lightroom or Photoshop. However, following the same procedure as above after creating the jpegs, I noticed the print quality was the same as before. I then printed directly from the jpegs inside Photoshop and was surprised that the text was very crisp and clear. There was no ghosting or artifacting at all. 

 

Saving the file inside photoshop as a pdf with no compression, rather than a jpeg, results in a 25MB file for 1 page...add another page and it's too large to send in an e-mail. The quality was better than the prints mentioned initially above, but still not as good as printing the jpegs in Photoshop. 

 

Can someone shed some insight on what may be going on here and how to fix it? It would be much more convenient to take the saved jpegs (with the added text using Photoshop) and combine them into 1 pdf inside Adobe Acrobt, and print from that pdf. However, I want to retain the same quality that the jpeg fiels have to begin with.

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Apr 28, 2024 Apr 28, 2024

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Do you know that you can save Photoshop files as PDF? That would allow you to combine the PDF files in Acrobat, without passing via a JPEG. You are probably doing a recoding when reading the JPEG into Acrobat.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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