I have observed the following problem repeatedly while preparing figures for publication in journals. When the figure (created using the mathematics tool MATLAB) contains an image (raster) object aligned in some way inside a vector object, it looks perfect in Adobe Illustrator and in Acrobat but prints out of alignment.
An example .pdf (figure created in MATLAB and then treated in Illustrator) generating this issue can be found here (download using the down arrow at the top left side and view using Adobe Acrobat). We are looking at Fig. 9; please disregard all other figures. The output it generates when printed is seen below:
As final notes, the print has been generated using an HP Color LaserJet 5550 PCL 5 printer. I have notices similar behaviour with other printers as well.
Thanks in advance for any help and advice.
ADDITION: I show a screenshot of how the graphic looks in Illustrator and in Acrobat, in low and high magnification: