I have created some text art in Illustrator that I would like to print out as a poster. Whenever I save the file as a PDF (300 DPI) and print it myself the text appears crisp with no pixelation. However, I want the poster to be 18x24, which I can't do with my basic printer so when I print it I'm only printing out part of the picture, but regardless the lines are perfectly clear.
I would be fine with leaving it as a PDF, however, I've noticed most all print shops request a JPEG file for prints, which I can't figure out because based on what I've read online, JPEG files automatically reduce quality. Whenever I export the same file as a JPEG (300 PPI) the text becomes pixelated.
Is there anyway I can export this file as a JPEG and not lose quality? I've provided three images below, one is the zoomed out image, which looks fine, but the other one is a close up of the text (the letter V), which as you can see looks very pixelated.
Any help would be appreciated.
Ideally you would deliver this artwork to the printer as a vector shape in a PDF. But if you have to deliver as JPEG, there are a few ways to increase quality:
1) make sure that when you export the JPEG, the quality slider is at 100%
2) set the JPEG background color to the dominant color in your artwork
3) go higher than 300 dpi â€” give them a 600, 1200, or 1800 dpi master
â€¦ also make sure that the size of your artwork is correct â€” if they are printing at 18x24, make sure your document is actually 18x24 before you export as JPEG.