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Joanna Goldman
Vectors fuzzy when scaled down?
on Apr 30, 2013 at 7:00:14 pm

Hello.
I'm hoping someone can confirm this for me.

I made a logo in vector form. I have given it to my client who has then sent it off to the printer.
The printer is telling my client that it becomes "fuzzy" when scaled down.
The fonts have all been converted to outlines.

I'm no expert in print design, but is this even possible? Shouldn't the printer be able to scale down a vector with no issues at all? Is there something I am missing here?

Thanks!


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Jonathan Ziegler
Re: Vectors fuzzy when scaled down?
on May 1, 2013 at 4:17:59 pm

It could depend on the RIP they're using, but my experience is that vectors give crisp lines at any resolution. What is likely happening is the client or the printer is rasterizing the file and then scaling (more likely the client). They should do the reverse. Any printer will know the difference between a vector and raster image, though. Do you have any raster elements in the design and/or can you post the image?

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