So you’ve done everything the FAQ has told you that you need,
correct fonts properly installed and appearing in the
output, but still you get fuzzy character output after
The problem could arise from too old a version of
ghostscript, which you
may be using directly, or via a
script such as
ps2pdf (distributed with
dvipdf, or similar.
ghostscript was capable of distillation from
version 5.50, that version could only produce bitmap Type 3 output of
any font other than the fundamental 35 fonts (
Helvetica, etc.). Later versions added ‘complete’
distillation, but it wasn’t until version 6.50 that one could rely on
it for everyday work.
So, if your PDF output still looks fuzzy in
ghostscript. The new version
should be at least version 6.50, of course, but it’s usually good
policy to go to the most recent version (version 8.12 at the time of
writing — 2003).
FAQ ID: Q-fuzzy-gs