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Michael Ross

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Images reduced from 300dpi to 72dpi when converted to .pdf
Posted: Feb 1, 2018 8:34 AM
 
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Hi Everybody,

New to self-publishing. I have a mac pro, and using Pages to write the manuscript.

I have inserted a number of images, that are at a resolution of 300dpi, however, when I convert the manuscript to .pdf for acceptance by Amazon KDP,
the images are automatically reduced to 72 or 79 dpi?

So of course, AmazonKDP will not accept the manuscript and images, because the images are not 300dpi.

Is there anything I can do to make sure the images are locked at 300dpi when converted into .pdf, without having to purchase any expensive program to sort this problem out?

Thank you!

Michael
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Re: Images reduced from 300dpi to 72dpi when converted to .pdf
Posted: Feb 1, 2018 10:03 AM   in response to: Michael Ross in response to: Michael Ross
 
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I can't help with Pages but the free program OpenOffice Writer will produce a PDF at 300 dpi. This is what I used to make my book. I have since discovered Word may be able to do the same using the "Print to PDF" option rather than Save As but I haven't given this a try yet. I guess you could copy and paste your book into OO Writer but you will have to learn how it does things - but it is more or less a typical word processor.
The alternative would be to see if there is any function for "Printing to PDF" with Pages. This, if it has it, will be different to a Save as or Export command.
Notjohn

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Re: Images reduced from 300dpi to 72dpi when converted to .pdf
Posted: Feb 1, 2018 1:11 PM   in response to: Michael Ross in response to: Michael Ross
 
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Save Pages as a Word doc, open the Word doc in OpenOffice Writer, save as PDF.

If you can't save as a Word doc, save as epub, open in Sigil, and fix it there. Requires a lot of learning, but it will be invaluable the next time you publish.

As a rule, Apple is not as good as Windows for KDP publishing, and Pages is not as good as Word. And Word is not as good as OpenOffice Writer when it comes to exporting as PDF.

And of course KDP Print Beta is not nearly as good as CreateSpace. Resist the ruling impulse of business owners, which is to lock you into a closed system that they can control.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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Tinkerbell

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Re: Images reduced from 300dpi to 72dpi when converted to .pdf
Posted: Feb 4, 2018 8:29 PM   in response to: Michael Ross in response to: Michael Ross
 
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Many of the MS Word "PDF converters" produce a PDF of 200 or even less DPI. From what I've seen this is fixed and can't be adjusted/increased. To overcome this run the WORD doc through one of the free available PDF creation utilities that can be downloaded from the web, such as CUTE PDF.
Notjohn

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Re: Images reduced from 300dpi to 72dpi when converted to .pdf
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 2:33 AM   in response to: Tinkerbell in response to: Tinkerbell
 
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Or use OpenOffice Writer.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting (2018 edition)

The blog: https://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
writerbn

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Re: Images reduced from 300dpi to 72dpi when converted to .pdf
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 4:18 AM   in response to: Michael Ross in response to: Michael Ross
 
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Michael Ross wrote:
Is there anything I can do to make sure the images are locked at 300dpi when converted into .pdf, without having to purchase any expensive program to sort this problem out?

Yes. Choose the correct export settings in Pages, if the link survives mod*eration: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH26118?locale=en_US

Ignore the advice to use another program. The Mac OS print workflow is built around a PDF engine, so it's perfectly capable of giving you high-resolution PDF files. Of course, if your original images weren't at least 300 dpi, nothing is going to help.

If any of your images contain transparency, then you may get better results with using the Print menu and saving as PDF, rather than the Export menu from Pages.
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