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Transparent Objects and Regions in Microsoft PowerPoint May Not Print Correctly

Document ID:SO7339

Usergroup :External
06/06/14 Properties  


Incorrect printout; Wrong output; Grainy and jagged appearance; Fills; Graphics; Images; Regions do not print; Transparent; Semi-Transparent objects; Missing detail; Partially printed; Missing Part; Some or all not seen; Not visible; Not printed correctly; Transparency issue; Light print out; Faded print-out; Faint; PQ issue; Quality problem; UPD; Postscript level 3 driver; PS 3; Printer Command Language; PCLXL; Mono device; Monochrome products;


Driver Used:  Universal Print Driver (UPD); i.e., PS3, PCL 5, or PCL XL / PCL 6

Application:  Microsoft Office PowerPoint, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 Standard Edition, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010


What you will see

When you print a presentation with transparent fills and graphics in Microsoft PowerPoint, the printed output may not look as good as the slide does on the screen. Instead, the transparent regions may appear grainy, jagged, faded, or not appear at all.

Incorrect Output Expected Output when Saved As .PDF Expected Output when Saved As .PNG
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This behavior is caused by the transparency feature in the Microsoft PowerPoint application. This usually happens when printing on a monochrome printer using any Universal Print Driver (UPD); i.e., PS3, PCL 5, PCL XL / PCL 6.


Recommended solution

There are four (4) possible methods to address this concern.

  • Method 1:  Converting the objects to an image
  • Method 2:  Converting the whole slide to an image
  • Method 3:  Converting the whole slide to PDF
  • Method 4:  Marking "High Quality" Print Setting

Method 4 is available for PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 versions.

Methods 1 and 2:  Please click here to view steps and more information.

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Method 3: Converting the whole slide to PDF

If the transparency effect includes many objects on the slide, you can save the whole slide as a graphic and then print it separately or as part of the presentation.

Step Action
Make sure the slide you want to save as a graphic is the slide that is visible in the slide pane.

On the File menu, click Save as.

Note: In PowerPoint 2007, click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Save As.

In the Save as dialog box, click PDF (*.pdf) in the Save as type box, and then click Save.

Method 4: Marking "High Quality" Print Setting

You may try selecting the "High Quality" print setting to increase resolution, blend transparent graphics, and print soft shadows in your print job.

Step Action

In PowerPoint 2010, click the File menu, and then select Options.

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Note: In PowerPoint 2007, click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Powerpoint Options.


Click Advanced, locate the Print group, mark "High Quality", and then click OK.

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Note: When you print in high quality, it may take longer for your presentation to print.


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