QuickBooks custom invoices can ONLY be created in MS Word. Most of it is fine and I have managed to make something I'm really happy with (considering it's limited capabilities in the design sense) except that when I export as a PDF the images become blurry, especially those with smaller text.
As QuickBooks is only capable of reading five (boring, ugly) fonts, to create the text headers and other standout features within the invoice, I have made them in Adobe Illustrator and exported them as PNGs as they need to have transparent backgrounds. So to clarify, all the 'images' I'm referring to show blocks of text.
Things to note:
They are all in RGB mode
I have looked on all forums and within AI I have since tried > rasterising text/type optimised/artboard lined up with whole pixels. None of this is making a difference. In fact, rasterising from the Effects tab makes it immediately blurry within AI.....
Within MS Word I have also tried within compression settings > unticking the 'automatically perform basic compression on save'/220ppi selected
Am I missing something? Is it just simply impossible to use PNGs within MS Word whilst maintaining image quality? If so, how else do people customise documents like this, with such limitations with fonts etc?
PS. They look perfectly clear and crisp once they are in the Word doc, and only appear blurry once exported to PDF.
I have spent three days on this now - any help/insight is appreciated. Thank you.