Would Bending Text (Version 7) Cause Bluring On Print ? ?

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Feb 19, 2004
Greetings Everyone,

I’ve recently created a graphic, and bent text around a curved image. I saved the image as a .JPG, then took the image on a SmartMedia chip to the local photography shop and had them print a copy. Around the text, the background color looks as if water was dropped on the image. This occurred on two different prints, and the text was on both sides of the graphic on each print. In both prints, wherever there was text, it looked like there were wavy marks in the background color close to the text. Any ideas what could be causing that?

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Feb 20, 2004
It depends on how the "text" was "bent". If you used a text layer, and kept the text as editable text up to saving the JPEG, then the text should render smoothly. You might also be suffering from JPEG artifacts, which cause ugly blocks to appear at very high contrast edges. TIFF files will work much better for you. If the shop you are going to tells you they can’t read TIFF files, they are inept and should be avoided.
Feb 20, 2004
Also, ask the shop if they run postscript printers. If so, you may want to hand them a PDF or PSD file with the text layer intact instead, for vector output of text.
Feb 20, 2004
Scott / Mathias,

Thanks for your feedback on this topic.

Scott – I had a feeling the .JPG image might be causing the problem. I did leave the text as editable text, then saved the file using ‘Save As’ and saved as a .JPG file. Is there any other way to bend the text? The photography shop said they prefer the files in .TIFF format. They also said I could bring them in PDF format as well. They are very versed in Photoshop, and suggested to "just bring what you have in TIFF, PDF, and we’ll work with you to get the result you want." Good answer! They’ve won my confidence.

Mathias – Please clarify a bit more what you mean by ‘with text layer intact instead’ Do you mean ‘instead of flattened’?
Feb 20, 2004
First off – how are you bending the text?

Second off – to get vector output of text or other vector elements, keep the type layer intact – dont rasterize the type and dont flatten the image. You can convert the type layer to a vector shape layer, but dont rasterize it.

Then do a ‘save as’ EPS or PDF, you will get a second dialoge with an option that lets you save the vector data with the file – make sure that options is checked ON.

It’s a good idea to save another working layered version of the file if you ever need to go back to it.
Feb 20, 2004
Do you mean ‘instead of flattened’?

Yes – if you preserve the editable text layer, and save as PDF, then you can retain the vector information in the text, and if your shop outputs to a postscript printer, the text will be razor sharp regardless of the resolution of the graphic.


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