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PDF printing quick fix: Print as image | Acrobat, Reader

Print PDF as an image

Problems can occur when you print a PDF file. For example, a PDF file can contain damaged content such as images or fonts that Acrobat cannot process during printing. Printing a PDF file as an image bypasses that processing by sending the printer a simple image of the document instead. This process can cause images and fonts to look slightly rougher, especially at the edges. However, you can specify the resolution in dots per inch (dpi) to suit your needs.

1. Ensure that your printer is turned on and connected.

If necessary, test print a different file.

2. Choose File > Print, and then click Advanced.

Important (For Mac OS only): If you don't see the Advanced button, click the Down Arrow (to the right of the Printer pop-up menu).

3. Select Print As Image.

4. Click OK to close the Advanced Print Setup dialog box, and then click Print.  

 

Other solutions

Tracking down printing issues can be difficult. The problems can range from a damaged font, to an older printer driver, to a bad sector on the disk. Refer to the following articles and tips for additional solutions.

Acrobat 9.4.2

If you recently updated to Acrobat 9.4.2, see Printing problems | Acrobat 9.4.2 update

Garbled text

If the text is garbled or prints with "junk" characters, print again, but keep the PDF open until the entire PDF prints. If you are printing from the web, try printing using a different browser, again keep the browser window open until the PDF has finished printing.

In-depth troubleshooting

See this troubleshooting article for additional solutions, such as updating your printer driver and copying the PDF file to your hard drive.

Search the forums

Forums have discussions about issues similar to yours. To participate in a community forum, type the description of your issue in the search box on the Acrobat or Adobe Reader forum, or the AcrobatUsers.com Printing & Prepress forum. When posting on forums, include your operating system and your product version number. 

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