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The Output Image Quality (OIQ) option allows the amount of raster resampling that occurs when a map is printed or exported to be controlled. This resampling affects any raster data, transparent map layers, and picture fill symbols.
Increasing OIQ towards 'Best' improves the quality of the output image but can also significantly increase file size and printing time. Decreasing OIQ towards 'Fast' decreases files sizes and printing times, but with a proportional degradation of the image quality.
The setting between 'Normal' and 'Best' is a good compromise solution. This setting combines good output quality with manageable file sizes and acceptable printing and exporting times.
Instructions provided describe how to use the Output Image Quality (OIQ) option. The OIQ option is available on the Page Setup dialog box in ArcMap 8.x versions, but was removed from Page Setup and added separately to both the Print and Export Map dialog boxes for version 9.x and above.
The Output Image Quality (OIQ) option is available on the Page Setup dialog box (File > Page Setup). The look and feel of this option in ArcMap 8.0.1 and 8.0.2 is slightly different than in ArcMap 8.1 (see below), but its usage is identical.