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Image quality in MS Word

Hi there - I am creating diagrams in Corel Draw, exporting to JPEG (I have tried other file types too) and importing (import picture - from file) into a large MS word document (thesis). The trouble is that the images have small text and the resolution in MS Word seems to be worse than the JPEG outside of Word. Am I imagining things, and what can I do?

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  • zinkelplonk May 29, 2008

    I have drawings, not photos, and have sized them correctly for the word doc, and saved at 300 dpi, but to no avail. When I print the drawing from Corel the resolution is great, but when printing from Word, its shocking - I am still trying everything I can think of - thanks for the help - any more suggestions?

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JPEG is a raster image. Every pixel is identified to the computer.
MS Word is resizing the picture to make it fit. When it does this it causes pixels to disappear. This is why you will get blocky images and or unreadable text.

The Solution is

Re size the image and bump the dpi to at least 300. This will add enough pixels to where you won't notice the stair step.

The professional way to do it is with Vector images. This is difficult to do if you are using a photograph. You will need to plot the image out (basically re draw it with lines and bucket fills)


Hope this helps you.

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