One of the issues I run into often is finding a way to get a nice un-pixelated graphic into a PDF format. Many times when exporting a file from Microsoft Publisher or Word, the graphics in the document get serrated on the edges (aliased) or colors values shift. After exhaustive research and experimentation I found one solution. Below is a step-by-step for circumventing this issue.
First, you need access to a photo or graphics editing tool like Photoshop or Illustrator. Then you will need Microsoft Publisher and finally you will need Acrobat Pro (NOT Acrobat Reader).
Create the document you need delivered in PDF format. This can be done in any document or publishing software like Word or Publisher. Then Save the document as a PDF.
Design your graphic and save it as an RGB/jpg. I found that the process works best with the RBG, rather than CMYK. Here is an example of the setting in Photoshop.
Next, click on Insert>Picture>From File... and browse to your graphic into Publisher. Select the graphic and Copy (Ctrl-C) for PC or (Cmd-C) for a Mac.
NOTE: If you use the method Insert>Picture>From File... to insert your graphic, it may come in darker than original. So you may have to brighten the image. Select your image and then click on Format>Picture.
Then, increase your brightness and contrast until you are satisfied with the results.
Don’t be tempted to select your graphic and then Copy and Paste the image from Photoshop into Publisher. This may cause the image to come in brighter than the original AND coping this image into Acrobat will CRASH Acrobat…. go figure…
Open your PDF file in Acrobat Pro and Paste your graphic into the file. The graphics may need to be re-sized and moved into placed over the pixelated version.