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New Here ,
Oct 27, 2021 Oct 27, 2021

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I work daily with floor plans or archictural drawings. Most of the time they are in either pdf or jpg format. I generally need to edit these files in photoshop by adding changes, room numbers or overlaying changes or new designs. When I am finished I need to use these files in design documents that only allow these file formats (*.emz, *.emf, *.gif, *.jpg, *.jpeg, *.png, *.tif, *.tiff, *.bmp, *.dib, *.wmf). The problem I have is that even when I create a very large file size, sometimes areas are still not legible when zoomed in. If I could get vector images I would not have this problem but most of the time I can only get pdf files or jpg files. It seems that a .bmp file with compression gives me the smallest file size with the crispest results but I was wondering if anyone else had any ideas on the best method for this? I have attached 3 different files that were saved from photoshop after editing in different versions for visuals. From a distance they look great but if you zoom to room level they do not.

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The resolution of your originals is not high enough and there's no file format which will magically improve legibility. 

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The resolution is fine on my screen in photoshop. The problem is when it is
saved as a png or bmp or jpg or pdf file. Then it becomes pixelated.

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if it's fine on screen, then it should be fine when you save. How are you saving? What resolution is your original file? What's the res after you save?

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LEGEND ,
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I've looked at your original PDF and your Exported PNG. Looks good to me. I don't see any pixellation at 100%. Of course, over 200% you will see pixels, that's what the image is made of, but I guess you mean something else by pixellation. Please show a screen shot with pixellation at a zoom of 100% or less, in the app showing it.

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Hmm. Your "high quality" PDF is 300 ppi. Your PNG is 1200 ppi. For sure you've reduced the quality hugely.

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