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I've been trying to print a PDF created with Xelatex, and the text (using opentype) is not as crystal clear as the same text printed directly from word (the edges are jagged/grainy).

Any suggestions?

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Welcome to TeX.sx! Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. Also include a screen shot of the zoomed PDF you created with XeLaTeX (remove the preceding !, and someone with editing privileges will re-insert it). –  Werner Jul 12 '12 at 2:19
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Also give the name of the pdf viewer you are using and maybe try some other too. –  canaaerus Jul 12 '12 at 5:39

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Nailed the program down to xcolor package. When using xcolor to define colors and using CMYK as the color space, black defined as:

\definecolor{blacktext}{HTML}{000000} % Main document font color, black

Doesn't come out as true black, and fonts become thinner as result. But changing the xcolor settings to:

\usepackage[usenames,dvipsnames,rgb]{xcolor}

Makes the problem dissapear. This was tested in Windows using texlive, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Foxit, and a HP Laserjet printer (the problem is not the printer, you can see the difference in the PDF viewer directly).

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A tip: If you indent lines by 4 spaces, then they're marked as a code sample. You can also highlight the code and click the "code" button ({}). –  Claudio Fiandrino Jul 13 '12 at 16:39

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