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Print PDF as Image

Problems can occur when you print a PDF file. For example, a PDF file can contain damaged content such as images or fonts that Acrobat cannot process during printing. Printing a PDF file as an image bypasses that processing by sending the printer a simple image of the document instead. This process can cause images and fonts to look slightly rougher, especially at the edges. However, you can specify the resolution in dots per inch (dpi) to suit your needs.


1. Save your file to a local drive (i.e. Downloads folder) and locate the file.  RIGHT-CLICK on the file and choose Open with Adobe Reader/Acrobat Reader.

2. Select printer and then choose File > Print, and then click Advanced.

The location of the Advanced button depends on the version of Reader or Acrobat.

Advanced Button

Mac OS: If you don't see the Advanced button, click the Down Arrow (to the right of the Printer pop-up menu).  

3. Select Print as Image.

The location of the Print as Image options depends on the version of Reader or Acrobat.

4. Click OK to close the Advanced Print Setup dialog box.

5. Set any other print options you need, and click OK/Print to print document.  

Points of References re: PDF Printing Issues:






(NOTE: if there is an issue with a PDF, printing from Chromebook is not a “fix”)

1. Open the PDF File and choose File > Print.

2. Verify your printer selection or click CHANGE to select a different printer.

3. Select your color preferences and check or uncheck “Two-sided”.

4. Click MORE SETTINGS.  Check the box “Print as Image”.

NOTE: The “Print as Image” option only appears on PDF files. If you have a Powerpoint file that is having printing issues. First, open powerpoint, click SAVE AS PDF, then open the PDF file and choose to print as image.




FOR WINDOWS COMPUTER -- An additional setting that may help set default settings when downloading and/or saving PDF files.

Google Chrome will open PDF files in a Chrome browser window. If you would rather open a PDF in Adobe Reader, you can follow these steps.

  1. Ensure that Adobe Reader is installed on the computer.
  2. In Chrome, go to the “Menu” https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/rYWbq8x8ZopWp4PkWSD01XYv73mVDRpskT3Tw64epRE1gfew0BDj5wgbahPUUEeHQPn2Ix0ELtMkQj9dKmJeHJWuDBWy4KYlWzjZnrfWmvA1Gca0v17YWTC9W5QLV4QiKSqiL7qticon, then choose “Settings“.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and select “Advanced“.
  4. In the “Privacy and Security” section, select “Content settings“.
  5. Scroll down and select “PDF documents“, then switch it to “On“.

PDF files will download in Chrome just like any other file. You can select the downloaded file at the bottom of the window, then choose “Open”, then the file will open in a separate Reader window. Select the “Always open files of this type” option.

If files open in a different application, you may have to change a setting in Adobe Reader.

  1. Open Adobe Reader, then select “Edit” > “Preferences“.
  2. Select “General“
  3. Choose the “Select as Default PDF Handler” button.
  4. Select “Continue OR Apply“, then follow the steps provided.
  5. Let Windows do its thing, then restart the computer.

To cancel a problem print job, see the separate help article here