Ancestry.com Printing Help

Printing

If you want to print your project from your own computer, click the “Preview/Print” drop-down on the main toolbar. Then, select “Print.”

You can also print from the Page Manager. Click “Manage Pages” on the main toolbar; then click “Print.” If you have pages selected, only those pages will print.

If you want to print without a background (for instance, to do a careful proof of text), you can select “Print without background.”

Note that, because that, due to limitations of Flash, the project editor cannot print your entire project at once. When you choose the “All” option in the “Print Range” section of the project editor printer dialogue, your project will print in large groups of pages, or “batches.” After each batch, the printer dialogue will reappear and you’ll have to click “Print” again.

Printing Quality

In the printer dialogue, you have the option between to levels of print quality. Obviously, you want to choose the option that best fits your needs:

  • If you choose “Normal quality,” your project will print with all of its embellishments and design elements (transparencies, drop shadows, and so on), but some of the text or images may be a little blurry. Choose this option if you have lots of design features in your project or if you are just interested in checking the overall design of the project before you have it printed professionally.
  • If you choose “Higher quality,” your project will print with crisp, readable text and clear images, but without any design elements (such as embellishments, transparencies, drop shadows, and so on). Choose this option if your project has no design elements or if you want to carefully check the text and images before having your project professionally printed.

What you’re really choosing with this option is how the project editor will output your project to the printer. If you choose “Normal quality,” it will output as a series of raster images. If you choose “Higher quality,” it will output as vector images. So what does that mean?

Essentially, when your project is converted into raster images (using the “Normal quality” option), it becomes a series of pixels. This means that it can include all sorts of visual effects, like transparencies and drop shadows, because these effects are made simply by manipulating pixels. The downside, however, is that because of how and where pixels are generated in a raster image, your text or images may seem a little blurry.

On the other hand, when your project is converted into a vector image (using the “Higher quality” option), it becomes a series of outlines that are generated mathematically. This means that your text and images will come out clean and crisp, but because there are no pixels, none of your design effects such as transparencies, embellishments, or drop shadows will appear.

Note that you don’t have to worry about this when you choose to have your book published professionally. Your project will always look top-notch and include all of its design elements in that case.

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