I've had this problem with ESRI base maps before but not this bad. The problem is that when I use an ESRI basemap as my backdrop, it looks fine in my MXD but when I export the map to PDF, JPG, or whatever format, the quality of the basemap in the export file is a lot worse than what I see on-screen in ArcGIS. Here's the most recent, egregious example:
What I see in ArcMap:
What it looks like in my exported PDF:
I've tried several things to solve this problem, and the result you see above is the best I can do:
- Turning up the export quality on the PDF to 600dpi or higher
- Exporting to JPG, or to TIF with no compression at all
- Clearing my cache on the basemap layers I'm using
- Printing to the Adobe PDF print driver rather than using Export to PDF
Some people apparently have this problem due to a slow internet connection, but since I can see the tiles in my MXD and they look fine, I don't think that's my problem.
Is there something I'm missing?