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Same bitmap prints diferently on two docs

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I find that the same bitmap prints different in two documents. Actually all shading, even in 3D models do too. Both docs. are 24 x 36 being printed 29% to a letter size paper. I checked the print resolution in the document prefs and it is the same. One prints like grayscale and the other with large dots.

The same bitmap copied and pasted from one file to another will print as the existing one on the page. So, there must be a setting I must have missed, but I'm lost.

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Are the bitmaps on Sheet layers?

Have you checked the resolution settings in one of the options in the print dialog box?

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Originally posted by Katie:

Are the bitmaps on Sheet layers?

Have you checked the resolution settings in one of the options in the print dialog box?

Yes, both bitmaps are in Sheet Layers, but its not just the bitmap, every shading even in Renderworks show the same, like big dots instead of grayscale.

The resolution setting in the Print dialog box is set to the usual "standard".

[ 01-05-2006, 01:12 AM: Message edited by: Ramon PG ]

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have you checked the Sheet layer print resolution settings,

and the Document Preferences> Resolution> print settings are the same?

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In the print dialog box, select VectorWorks in the 3rd drop down box.

What is the DPI set to here?

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Originally posted by propstuff:

have you checked the Sheet layer print resolution settings,

and the Document Preferences> Resolution> print settings are the same?

Sheet Layer print resolution settings: 75 dpi

Document Preferences> Resolution> print settings: 300 dpi

Same on both documents.

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Originally posted by Katie:

In the print dialog box, select VectorWorks in the 3rd drop down box.

What is the DPI set to here?

OK, there is a difference.

The big dot printing doc has 150 application dpi

The grayscale printing doc has 72 application dpi

But it seems like the opposite of what is going on... a higher resolution gives the big dot type print?

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If the bitmap is on a sheet layer, make sure the sheet layer DPI is set to 300.

The print dpi in the vectorworks drop down section should be set to the equivalent for the printer, most likely 300 rather than 150.

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Originally posted by Katie:

If the bitmap is on a sheet layer, make sure the sheet layer DPI is set to 300.

The print dpi in the vectorworks drop down section should be set to the equivalent for the printer, most likely 300 rather than 150.

OK... so what does the dpi in the File>Document Preferences> Resolution do? I mean, I've read waht the Help file says but, which dominates: the doc prefs or the printer prefs?

You've pointed me in the right direction and it's a matter of testing.

Thanks

[ 01-05-2006, 05:47 PM: Message edited by: Ramon PG ]

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The printer does for printing, the Doc Prefs does for screen display.

On top of, VW application DPI needs to match printer settings in order for things to print correctly.

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Katie:

Setting the printer (in the Print Dialog) to 300 dpi (or even 600 dpi) doesn't do it...!!

And all the other settings are exactly the same:

Document Prefs Resolution: 300 dpi

Sheet Layer DPI: 75

Print Dialog Application Resolution: 300 dpi

There has to be another issue here because when you look real close even the fonts look jagged compared to the finer printing doc.

It's not just a bitmap thing.

[ 01-09-2006, 01:32 PM: Message edited by: Ramon PG ]

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Like I've said above, if you are printing from the sheet layer - that needs to be set to 300 or higher.

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Originally posted by Katie:

Like I've said above, if you are printing from the sheet layer - that needs to be set to 300 or higher.

Sheet Layer at 300 dpi makes absolutely no difference...

As I said before, both docs have exactly the same:

Document Prefs Resolution: 300 dpi

Sheet Layer DPI: 75

Print Dialog Application Resolution: 300 dpi

And they are both 24 x 36 and converted to VW v12 from v11.5.

On the other hand...

Pasting the bitmap to a new VW 12 doc with the same dpi parameters as above solves the problem.

So my original big-dot-printing doc is jinxed, or is there a way to re-convert it to v12?

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