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"Press Quality" for Export as PDF in Writer [closed]

asked 2018-06-21 06:02:05 +0100

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updated 2020-09-12 08:11:08 +0100

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I have an ODT document that I am supposed to turn in as a PDF "saved with the Press Quality setting". There is nothing in the Export as PDF dialog that looks like Press Quality. I tried reading about it, and I have a suspicion this refers to image compression and color schemes. I have no images in the document and no colors — it's just a usual black-and-white text.

What to do? Does the default output of Export as PDF qualify as Press Quality in this case? If no, can I somehow ensure it is Press Quality?

Thank you!

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close date 2018-06-22 16:43:21.205000


Look at this: and ask your printery which version is needed.

ebot gravatar imageebot ( 2018-06-21 09:17:19 +0100 )edit

The English version of Wikipedia does not have this section, the German does, but in any case the question is not about various PDF versions, it's about compression. Never mind though, as the "printery" said that for a PDF with no images this did not matter, the text would be rendered at the maximal quality anyway. Unless someone is willing to share more info about Press Quality and what it means for LibreOffice specifically, this question can be closed.

Siberian gravatar imageSiberian ( 2018-06-21 11:25:42 +0100 )edit

I hope someone will.

ebot gravatar imageebot ( 2018-06-21 11:33:22 +0100 )edit

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answered 2018-06-22 01:05:27 +0100

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If your document is only text it will be in effect "press quality."

Adobe applications have output settings which you can customize.
One of the default settings is Press Quality.

From Adobe Help:

Press Quality

Creates PDF files for high-quality print production (for example, for digital printing or for color separations to an imagesetter or platesetter). However, it does not create files that are PDF/X compliant. In this case, the quality of the content is the highest consideration. The objective is to maintain all the information in a PDF file that a commercial printer or print service provider requires to print the document correctly. This set of options uses PDF 1.4, converts colors to CMYK, and downsamples color and grayscale images to 300 ppi and monochrome images to 1200 ppi. It embeds subsets of all fonts and preserves transparency (for file types capable of transparency). These PDF files can be opened in Acrobat 5.0 and Acrobat Reader 5.0 and later. Note: Before creating a PDF file to send to a commercial printer or print service provider, find out what output resolution and other settings are required. Or, ask for a .joboptions file with the recommended settings. You sometimes must customize the Adobe PDF settings for a particular provider and then provide a .joboptions file of your own.

Since you have no color or images this is mostly irrelevant.
Export to PDF and you will have "press quality."


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Thank you! I cannot upvote due to low karma though :(

Siberian gravatar imageSiberian ( 2018-06-22 16:41:28 +0100 )edit

answered 2018-06-21 21:54:16 +0100

Henk C. Meerhof gravatar image

Siberian, if your document only uses type in black, you can just export/save it to a pdf-file. Type will be rendered from the vector font information and some positioning code. It is wise to test a file with your printer to avoid typeface problems. Just give your printer information about the used typeface(s) and (s)he will be able to detect errors if there are some.

As soon as you use shades of black, other colors, images overlapping images, vector and bitmap images for them selves or in combination, you are better of with another solution. If this way of lay-out happens more often, you are better off with dedicated lay-out software. Here Scribus is a full functional open source and free option, or chose a commercial application that is known at your printer. So you can use their expertise to make the right setup for high quality (offset) printing.

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Thank you! I cannot upvote due to low karma though :(

Siberian gravatar imageSiberian ( 2018-06-22 16:40:45 +0100 )edit

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