PDFs are the main way that people share documents. In the 20 some odd years that they’ve been around, they’ve found their way in every possible work environment, and every possible field. Even onboarding papers are in PDF format. Legal contracts are in PDF format. It is the gold standard for sending info. The great thing about PDFs is that you can incorporate JPEGs as well. In fact, PDF is a series of images that are sewn together and re-formatted a certain way, to put it simplistically. When trying to do this ourselves, there are certain tweaks that have to be made. We have to be wary of the image quality during the transfer. Fortunately for us, there is a way to minimize the amount of quality lost. There’s a few, actually. Here’s how you can do it.
If you want to cut out all the waste in time, you can go directly to a program that specializes in high-quality transfers. When you convert and merge JPG into PDF using these programs, you can be pretty confident that the JPEG isn’t going to lose the quality that you desire. Now, it may take a little formatting and some playing around with. But eventually, you’ll get the hang of it, and throughout the learning curve that PDF that you make will be perfect in one go. There have been a few of these programs out for a while now, but some are definitely better than others. Industry leader viewPDF.com specializes in high-quality JPEG merging. That’s good to hear. A lot tend to focus more on the word portion alone.
Image Quality Setting
If you are looking for a high-quality PDF to put out to print, you have to make sure that your JPEG file is high-quality. The thing about images on the screen is that a lit background always makes an image look better. If you’re on a smartphone it looks even better. Once you get it on paper, things might not up to par. Make sure you set the resolution of your image to your specification prior to wrapping it in a PDF. This will make sure that there’s no confusion as to why your HD image of orchids looks like Minecraft.
Proper Ratios for Printing
The other aspect you need to manage is the size of the print out itself. You need to make sure that an image is scalable before having it wrapped. For instance, if you want a nice high-resolution printed image, you need at least 200 to 300 DPI. With that said, it would take at least 1000 pixels by 1600 pixels to make a 5 x 8-inch image look good. That is the industry go-to example. So if you are looking to print a tarpaulin, or even A coffee table book, make sure that the book is within that 200 to 300 dpi standard.
Lucky for us, we have all the resources on the Internet to help us. We do still need a little bit of technical know-how if we want to print it. But for all intents and purposes, having HD quality images in JPEG form and converting it to a PDF isn’t much of a problem with the right online resource. Thank goodness for technology.