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Problem: Latin Modern Roman font gets thin when printed from

by m1984 / January 22, 2012 5:30 PM PST

Hi there, some professional help needed. When I print my document, written with Latin Modern Roman fort, directly from Word .docx format the font on the print has great quality. However, when I write it as .pdf (PDFCreator), which is required for my purposes, the font gets thin and the print looks a bit like a photocopy. Still the font displays on my screen very well - I can't notice any substantial difference between how it looks like in MS Word or Acrobat Reader. Here's the photo I've taken to show you expliicitly:
Thanks for help

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 22, 2012 6:13 PM PST

I don't use PDF files so I don't know much at all about PDF creation or printing, but I've done a little research to get this discussion started.

Firstly, which OS, what version of Word, and what version of PDFCreator are you using?

Does your PDFCreator software look anything like the software shown in the link below, (ignore the color of the software windows)?

If so, what options do you see when you select Fonts, either from the "Program" options list in the 2nd window in that link, or from the Fonts tab in the 3rd window shown?

I'm just wondering if the font you are using in Word, (and installed in your OS), is not available in PDFCreator.

I did find some forums at but looking through the posts I don't see too many replies to questions, so I'm guessing there is not that much support there.


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Forgotten link
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 22, 2012 6:14 PM PST
In reply to: Interesting
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by m1984 / January 22, 2012 6:38 PM PST
In reply to: Interesting

Windows XP Professional (2002)
MS Word 2007
PFDCreator 1.2.0.

Does it look like: yes, it's the same software.

Program > Fonts: I can test the font only by choosing one from the list and clicking 'Test' button. A window with all characters is displayed. No other options.

PDF > Fonts: Two checkbox appear, first one is 'Embed all fonts' which is checked, second 'Change the font when % of characters in use is lower than...', which is unchecked (there's also an inactive form to insert %).

Font seems to be available in PDFCreator, since it is displayed in Program > Fonts list of fonts.

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by m1984 / January 22, 2012 7:24 PM PST

OK, I've solved the problem. When you click 'Print' from MS Word, there's a window with the list of your printers, where PDFCreator must be choosen. Than click on 'Properties' (still on the level of MSWord), and 'Advanced' in the window that appears. There's an option of print quality set by default on 600 dpi.

When this value is increased to 720 dpi or any larger, printing from pdf file results in a good quality text, which is indistinguishible from what is printed directly from MS Word.

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Good find
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 23, 2012 3:36 AM PST
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and congratulations.

Doesn't look very intuitive which makes your solution all the more impressive.


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