1 (8)At times, your plans do not work out as envisioned. Sometimes that’s a good thing, and you get the opportunity to rethink or explore other ways of achieving your outcome.

I’m having one of those moments today. I’m working on producing a paperback with coloured pictures, and today I’ve discovered that Word does things to the resolution of images when you export the file to pdf that I hadn’t anticipated. So, it’s back to the drawing board, so to speak.

The question I found myself pondering this morning was how could I produce that pdf file with images at 300 dpi instead of the 72 dpi that Word for Mac wants to play with? A little online research at CreateSpace unearthed some useful advice with various suggestions, which I duly explored across the print to pdf options on my computer – to no avail.

After a deep breathing pause, I remembered that a few years ago I had purchased the iStudio Publisher app, in one of my curious moments, so I opened it up and read the help files, and there it was – the answer.

Now I’m finding out how the app works, so I can produce that pdf with images at 300 dpi. Patience required.

Peter Mulraney is a creative writer from Australia. 

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