Using digital camera images in Windows QuarkXPress

Posted on 2004-11-19
Last Modified: 2013-11-19
I am attempting to bring images from digital cameras into QuarkXPress for Windows (v5.01). The quality is terrible when I go to produce a PDF file or try to print it. My limited understanding is that this is because these are JPG images in RGB format. Do I need to convert them in some way before bringing them into QuarkXPress? Should I convert them to JPG CMYK, or TIFF, or something else? If so, what is the best way to do this? Thanks for your help!
Question by:cascade99
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    Expert Comment

    If the quality is bad, check your settings on the camera.  you should shoot at high quality for starters.  what year is the camera from?  Don't shoot low quality.  640 x 480 pictures won't print good in any application.

    print resolution demands a higher quality pic.

    step 1. check camera settings via menu
    step 2. set to high quality or 2 - 3 megapixel.
    step 3. Create a box in quark about  4 x 3 inches.
    step 4.  File > get picture.
    Step 5. Print.  Any better?  

    here's a good bit of info.

    2 megapixel images shouldn't be bigger than 8x5 inches in quark.
    Digicam Resolution is 72, so you always want to shrink the picture in the app, or bring it in an image editor and change resolutinon to 150 or 250.  


    Expert Comment

    Hello. Determine if it is a poor quality picture at the source (camera) or if there is any down conversion getting it into the app. To check the first, take a picture at the highest quality viewed on the camera. Move it to the PC and view it in explorer or similiar. If it looks the same, then you may be converting the image while getting it into Quark. If the image is poor, take a better picture. Clean your lens; try manual focusing, do not zoom or marco, use an appropriate aperature and shutter setting; take a daylight pic to avoid flash issues; etc.

    In general, resaves of jpegs will always reduce the quality.
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    And finally, DO NOT blow up the photo in Quark.

    Author Comment

    The problems have nothing to do with poor images or pic box size. The images are all 4 megapixel, from a brand new Nikon 4400. The problem has to do with JPG color spaces. Does anyone on this forum have expertise with RGB and CMYK as it pertains to JPG images? Since the time of my first posting, I have found that if I print the file using Output>Print Colors set to Composite CMYK, the result is washed out images. If I print the file using Output>Print Colors set to Composite RGB, the result is good. The problem is that I need to use Composite CMYK because there are other images in the file that are TIFF, EPS, etc. that are CMYK based. So, is there an automated way to convert the JPG-RGB to JPG-CMYK (or something else) that will print fine with Quark, using Output>Print Colors set to Composite CMYK? Thanks.

    Accepted Solution

    The original post was too vague for a specific answer.

    The following assumes the picture is fine when viewed from a regular viewer on your PC. CMYK is not as generic as RGB and is tied to a specific printer. Therefore a printer must be selected and obviously Color Management must be on.

    1. Open Quark; close all docs.

    2. Turn on Color Management in Preferences

    3. Choose a Composite Printer in Destination Profiles, then choose a profile, such as Colormatch.... You can experiment here.

    4. Quit Preferences

    Give that a twirl and let us know what happens.
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    Any reason why you can't open the images in Photoshop and convert them to CMYK TIF there? It certainly would fix the problem, and give you more options for color correction as well.

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