When I create a pdf file using pdflatex which includes png images the output of the pdf looks fine in my linux and windows pdf viewer.

However, when printing this file from linux to a network printer all png images look terrible blurry. The funny thing about this is that when I print it from windows to the same network printer the very same pdf file looks good.

I'm confused as I don't understand how this happens.

Does anyone had this issue before and knows how I can fix this?

closed as off topic by Jake, Paulo Cereda, Seamus, lockstep, Joseph Wright Dec 8 '11 at 18:41

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    I suspect this is off-topic, as the issue is not the PDF itself (as the Windows printing shows), but rather the print driver on Linux. – Joseph Wright Dec 8 '11 at 11:41
  • This can certainly be true but I have the feeling that there might be an actual problem with my pdf. E.g. when I print other pdfs (which contain images) I've never experienced this problem. Only with my own pdf created by pdflatex. Accordingly I worry that it has in fact something to do with wrong options in my latex file. – Neil Dec 8 '11 at 11:47
  • pdfTeX just includes the .png file you give it: see tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1162/… for example. So if the .png is okay then it will work. – Joseph Wright Dec 8 '11 at 11:49
  • I've seen an issue that sounds similar on linux, which when you create a PDF with pdfLaTeX and open it in Kile or xpdf the images look blurry, but not when opened in Adobe. What program are you using to print it? I think it may be with the PDF viewer. – Canageek Dec 8 '11 at 15:15
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    so, the problem is (kind of) solved. Printing from linux using adobe instead of evince gives the right result. I will now try xpdf and other pdf viewer just to see if it is only a problem with evince. But thanks to all for suggestions... Finally I will be able to print my thesis on time. – Neil Dec 8 '11 at 16:09

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