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Color changes when printing Illustrator file or PDF in Reader
on Apr 4, 2006 at 9:58:33 am


I had been printing out an Illustrator file fine directly through Illustrator. However I recently saved the file as a PDF in preparation to send it to the printers. I opened the PDF in Adobe Reader and printed it out, but what was printed out was significantly darker than what I got when printing from Illustrator. I opened the original Illustrator .ai file in Reader and when I printed that it came out much darker as well.

I tried printing the PDF directly through Illustrator again and the colors were fine. The problem is I need to be able to print the PDF properly using Reader as the printers I'm sending the PDF to don't use Illustrator for their printing.

The only success I have had so far is by saving the Illustrator file as a PDF using File-Print-Printer-Save as PDF. When I print this PDF through Reader the colors are great but the image is flattened (i.e. the text isn't selectable or vectorized) that surely cannot be a good thing? I read this that also firmly discouraged this way of saving PDFs.

I'm lost. Any ideas?

Many, many thanks - leao

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