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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: enter image description here

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.

Cheers, Chris

ADDITION: I show a screenshot of how the graphic looks in Illustrator and in Acrobat, in low and high magnification: enter image description here

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closed as off-topic by SOIA, Benteh, Ryan, Darth_Vader, Vincent Apr 28 '14 at 5:27

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To say "it looks perfect in Adobe Illustrator and in Acrobat but prints out of alignment" is vague; what is "out of alignment"? If the printer can't tell the difference, it's quite possible that my machine viewing the digital file won't show the difference either. So you should probably take some specific screenshots with callouts to illustrate your problem (note the image upload button in the post editor). On my machine the first is in color, and the second is in black and white...that's the only difference I notice offhand. – HostileFork Apr 27 '14 at 23:57
Thank you HostileFork. I have done some editing and hopefully now the issue should be clearer. – Chris Oreinos Apr 28 '14 at 0:13
Sorry but this sounds like a technical problem with your printer if it looks correct on your display. – Ryan Apr 28 '14 at 1:00
@Ryan, then how do all other graphics (i.e., not containing mixed vector/raster objects) print perfectly well? I repeat that this problem has been observed in a number of different printers. – Chris Oreinos Apr 28 '14 at 1:12
Post a screenshot inside Illustrator zoomed out and then zoomed in on the spot. Do the same with the PDF and we're happy to take a look at it. We can only go off the image and info you've given us, and going off that it sounds like print issue. – Ryan Apr 28 '14 at 1:19