Which image format is best for files that will be printed

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Sep 22, 2008

I’m creating reports using microsoft reporting services and I can draw the report image in several graphic formats to be printed later. I started with EMF files which produced very nice looking images but were very large files, 5 meg for a single page worth of text with a small (67k) background watermark. I would like to change the format to make the files smaller without loosing too much data in that the image comes out fuzzy when printed. These are black and white text documents and will be printed on laser printers with up to 600 and 1200 dpi available.

I tried various jpeg, png tiff formats with out much success. Can someone recommend a format and settings to use?

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Sep 22, 2008
You should realize that a laser printer probably cannot output more than 200dpi and some even less.
Printer specifications for dpi are not the same as the dpi counts that Photoshop uses.
Hence if you resize your documents appropriately their file sizes will be more manageable.

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