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[Solved] Poor printing quality of logo in template

Postby sigari » Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:12 pm

hi everyone,
i have just set up a new company and would like to create a template with the company logo in the letter head. we have a brand new, very expensive color laser printer. i have tried to insert my logo in .jpg, .cmyk, .eps. even though i have inserted the logo with 300 dpi, it still came out very crispy. when creating the template with ms word, there is a perfectly clear logo printed out.

i believe Oo downsizes the logo outmatically when printing. what can i do? i have already learned that .eps can't be handled by Oo.

i use Oo 3.2.1 on windows xp. thanks in advance for your help.
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Re: Poor printing quality of logo in letter head of template

Postby Cambirder » Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:47 pm

Could you upload a copy of the template here so we can test it?
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Re: Poor printing quality of logo in letter head of template

Postby acknak » Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:21 pm

Exactly how did you insert the logo? How do you know the logo image is 300 dpi?

As far as I know, the only way you can get poor resolution on the printer is if the image in the document does not have adequate resolution. OOo will always output an image at the highest possible resolution.
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Re: Poor printing quality of logo in letter head of template

Postby sigari » Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:36 pm

We inserted the logo with insert image from file. I hope this is the right translation for the menu points as I am using the German language setup.

We know that it is a 300 dpi image as we exported it from adobe illustrator with 300 dpi. we also tested with 120 dpi, the outcome was exactly the same.
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Re: Poor printing quality of logo in letter head of template

Postby sigari » Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:44 pm

here is the logo 300 dpi and the template in which we inserted the logo. don't bother with the font on the bottom which you might not have. we are just talking about the logo on top of the template
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Re: Poor printing quality of logo in letter head of template

Postby keme » Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:01 pm

There may be issues with some versions of the suite when using Microsoft file formats, but I presume you tried with odt/ott format too.

That said, I opened the template with MS Word 2003 and with OOo Writer 3.2.1 and printed on paper. The printed logo looked perfect on both prints (impossible to tell the difference). In other words: on my system it seems that the image is preserved, regardless of which Office suite the template is opened with.

I also printed out the logo, and the barely visible stairstep edges suggest 300dpi as you indicate. Could it be that your print settings are "text only", "draft mode" or something like that (selectable options in the print dialog on most systems)?

How does the logo look on your screen? (Zoom in on the logo to get a view of displayed resolution.)
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Re: Poor printing quality of logo in letter head of template

Postby acknak » Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:36 pm

Such a simple logo could be done as a vector graphic, in which case the size & resolution would not matter.
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Re: Poor printing quality of logo in letter head of template

Postby sigari » Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:38 pm

We have conducted several tests now with two different drivers for our printer, which is by the way a Kyocera printer. We found out that the templates we use were originally created in MS Word 2003. So we imported the logo in a brand new .odt file. thats what we found out:

- we printed the template, originally created in MS Word 2003, in OOo with an older driver for our printer: the outcome was best with a logo in cmyk, but still not ideal
- we created a brand new file with .odt and tried it out with the older driver: the outcome with the logo in cmyk was better than with the template that had previously converted from MS Word 2003

so we believe that converting from MS Word 2003 to OOo results in a downsized resolution of the logo.

if we could import it as a vectorized graphic, that outcome would be perfect. but with .esp it does not work. OOo cannot import it. so in what format should the vectorized logo be imported?
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Re: Poor printing quality of logo in letter head of template

Postby acknak » Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:39 pm

OOo handles most metafile graphics (.wmf or .emf) that I've come across, but if I wanted a vector logo for use with OOo, I would just re-create it in OOo Draw. Any graphic conversion is risky.
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Re: Poor printing quality of logo in letter head of template

Postby acknak » Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:03 am

Here's a Draw document with your logo in vector form, using either
  • Text elements
  • Native OOo drawing objects
  • GDI Metafile
You will probably want to use one of the latter two forms; the text version is mainly useful if you ever needed to change the logo text for some reason.
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Re: Poor printing quality of logo in letter head of template

Postby sigari » Thu Oct 07, 2010 4:31 pm

thanks a lot for the logos and your precious help. it should work now just fine.
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