I'm trying to export a file into a pdf or other format but when I do I lose county lines and everything over all looks dimmer than when on Arcmap. If anyone has any ideas would be great if you could submit them.
Hard to say exactly what the problem is - there are lots of fancy things you can do in ArcMap that mess up PDF export. But, the workaround may be to export to JPG, then convert the JPG to PDF in your PDF software, as attached. You may need to bump up the resolution in your JPG.
Thanks for your quick reply and sorry it's taken so long to get back to you, I tried "export map..." in the file menu and switched the DPI to 2500 (any larger and my computer won't handle it) and then opened it two different programs and the lines of the county as well as the labels of the counties are still far too light. Do you have any other ideas that I could try?
You may want to check the export settings from ArcMap. There are several that affect the output, and some are not so obvious.
First, when you export, check that the options are visible. If you don't see them, click on the triangle to open them.
Next, on the "General" Tab, check the "Resolution" and "Output Image Quality". You'll have to play with the settings a bit to find what works best, but a good starting point is "Resolution" of 300 and "Output Image Quality" of Best.
Next, check the "Format" Tab. The "Image Compression" has several flavors to try. For the "JPEG Quality" setting, I would suggest "Max". There are several possibilities for "Picture Symbol" to try out. I would recommend in most cases that you have both of the checkboxes checked.
Again, you will likely have to experiment with the settings a bit to find what works. In general, going for high quality will lead to a huge file and going for a small file leads to poor quality - the trick is to find a balance that works. For your specific case, hopefully this means by tinkering with one or more of these settings you get the linework and fonts to portray as you expect.
Chris Donohue, GISP
I've attached two files, with my exporting it only gives me two options under the "options" category, the first is General and the second is Format. I'm not sure which version of ArcMap you're using but I'm using Version 10.2, and as I stated previously I already messed with the resolution of the pixels all the way up to 2500 dpi. Seems this is a problem that keep alluding me.
If you have any other ideas please let me know.
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