Problem in Quark printing to disk

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  1. nicrose macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Hi, I created a postscript print-to-disk file in Quark. The problem is, when I distilled it to a pdf in Adobe Distiller, all the images on the new PDF file come out in grayscale even though they are color images. All the images are tiff files. All were listed as"ok" in Utilities/Usage... dialog box , so I don't think that is a problem. The tiffs are in RGB format-I don't know if that makes any difference. I tried printing the PDF document on my inkjet printer and came out in grayscale.
    THe following are some of the settings I used when printing to disk: Under print in the layout tab, I checked off print blank pages, registration is off, tiling is off. Under setup, registration is left edge. Under the output tab, the words "print colors" is grayed out, so I cannot change the current setting, which right now is "defined by driver". Maybe that setting is the key to my problem??
    Also, the way I printed to disk was: I went to Print, then to Printer, then to PDF, then save PDF as a postscript, gave the file a name with .ps extension, then I hit Print. I then took that .ps file to Distiller, which distilled it and made a PDF version of that .ps file. When viewed in Acrobat or printed out on paper, the images are in grayscale.
    I'm using Quark 6 on a Mac Book Pro 10.4.7., 2 GB RAM, 2.16 GHz.
    Does anybody know what is wrong? Why are my images coming out in grayscale?

    Thanks for your help.

  2. abrooks macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2004
    London, UK
    Just a few things here first off, it could be one of two obvious things, in your Quark Print dialog you need to pick a printer PPD, if you don't do this it may default yo Greyscale which is why its all coming out like that, select a PPD such as Acrobat 7 or any printer that you have which is colour.

    Secondly it could be Distiller which is set to turn your images greyscale, make sure the settings here are all correct if your using Distiller that comes with CS2 set it to high quality print in the preset menu.

    Finally there is another way of doing it completely, make a PDF direct from Quark, unless of course this is causing some kind of problem which most of the time it does.
  3. nicrose thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2006
    thank you abrooks

    Your suggestion about the ppd was right. I was almost onto that, too. Remember how I said the print colors was grayed out? Well, I just happened to notice that it stays grayed out until you go to printer, pdf, then save pdf as a ps. Then once you named the file and put a .ps extension, the printer description in the setup tab and the printer colors in the options tab are no longer grayed out, which means you can change the options. I changed the ppd to Acrobat pdf, and the printer colors to cmyk. then i hit print, distilled it, and viewed it in acrobat, and now it's in color. Yaaaayyyy!
    Thank you so much for your help, abrooks.

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