Printing Large Scale Topo Maps USGS 7.5'

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05 Aug, 2018 05:01 PM

Hello! I am trying to print several large scale maps (20x30) for posters that cover about 1/6 the area of Washington state. It appears that the font and lines are slightly blurry when I view the preview ( as an example). I am using USGS 7.5' and don't think I have any additional layers activated. Are there any tips/tricks on how to get a sharper image? Thanks so much!


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by matt on 05 Aug, 2018 09:20 PM

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    That is a really wide scale - you're taking a map that is natively 1:24k and printing it at almost 1:200k. Short of zooming in and covering less area per page, there may be no way to get a readable resolution out of the map.

    That said, you're also looking at a JPEG image, which applies some JPEG compression to reduce the size. If you set the format at the top left of the print page to PDF, or replace the i with a p in the URL (, it will give you a PDF that doesn't have the compression applied and should look a little sharper.

  2. 2 Posted by Tiffanie on 06 Aug, 2018 07:30 PM

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    Thank you so much for the quick response. I'll have to relook at my approach for printing large scale maps.

  3. kobe.pole closed this discussion on 20 Sep, 2018 08:38 PM.

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