Create nice pdf with ps2pdf and any word processing utility

Apply on: any GNU/Linux distrubution

Applications like OpenOffice allow to export document in the PDF format. However, sometimes the result is not very much professional. To obtain the best from your document in printing, you can follow a two-step conversion using any word processing utility.

  1. Use the option “Print to file” to convert your document to PostScript format. (i.e. my_document.ps)
  2. Convert the generated PostScript file in PDF using ps2pdf

Conversion tips:

To generate a document to print (more heavy), with embedded fonts, best image rendering etc. you can use:

ps2pdf -dPDFsettings=/prepress my_document.ps

The “prepress” distiller parameter automatically choose the best settings for print, but you can override it.

See also:
How to use ps2pdf advanced options

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