Trouble with Basemaps

Discussion created by kenfsu on Jul 31, 2012
Latest reply on Aug 2, 2012 by kalergi
Hi all,

Very inexperienced (and frustrated) ArcGIS user here.

I'm creating bridge location maps for the Florida Turnpike, and am running into major problems when attempting to export my maps to PDF files. Specifically, the resolution looks great within ArcMap, with plenty of detail (street names, county roads, etc.), but when I export them, my basemap turns into a much lower resolution blurry mess (see before and after images below). Occasionally this problem will also seep into ArcMap, as sometimes when I open up a map the resolution will be great, and other times it will be scaled out and muddy with tiles of different resolution.

I've tried adjusting every output setting I could think of, and I just can't get the basemap to export at a decent resolution/scale.

Here's an example of how the maps look in ArcMap versus exported to PDF.



My apologies if this is an obvious question, but I've kind of been thrown on this project without any GIS, cartography, or ArcGIS knowledge, and trying to output these maps in a readable fashion is slowly pushing me toward the brink of insanity :D

Thanks so much, any advice would be a godsend!