Printing problems with Illustrator...
July 30, 2005 1:48 AM Subscribe
Formatting hell with Adobe Illustrator - anyone know why my images are coming out way too light?
posted by caution live frogs to Computers & Internet (13 answers total)
Lots of images, for my thesis, taken at 500 dpi and dropped into .ai files, CMYK working space. The pics themselves are grayscale, and the final .ai files look fine when I print them on my office printer (low-res, but OK contrast). When I print them in high-quality mode, on glossy paper, they get lighter and fairly pixelated. All text and raster comes out fine, and I can't figure out for the life of me why the images are getting messed up like this. The only thing I can think of at this point is either a color profile mismatch between Illustrator and the printer, or something to do with the transparency settings (might it be flattening these in the printer rather than in Illustrator? They take forever to print...)
If I didn't need to add page numbers and captions into these, I would probably not be saving them as .ai files - but my color images look fine, it's just the grayscale ones that are coming out looking like crap.
I turn my dissertation in on Monday, (what I have is good enough for my committee, for now) and will only have about a week to fix these before submitting the damn thing. I've been struggling with this for the last 10 hours or so, so any help at all would be appreciated.