InDesign: lost image resolution when placing an image from Photoshop

Posted on 2010-01-07
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Last Modified: 2013-12-02
Hi X-perts,

I am having problems with low resolution and some distorted images when I try to import images to Indesign CS3. This is my workflow:

1) I create screenshots with resolution 96 ppi
2) make some modifications in Photoshop and save it as psd or png or jpg (high quality)
3) Place an image into InDesign (File->Place)
4) it shows a different size (always much bigger) with highly pixelated and distorted picture. The info window shows Actual ppi 96 and Effective ppi 96
5) because the image is too big (not the same as I can see in Photoshop), I have to scale it down.
6) after that it shows effective ppi 130 and the image quality is bad

It look better only if i rescale it to 144 x 144 ppi (why? two times 72 ppi?)

what is the problem here? I am using Display Performance - High Quality Display.

Please, help

Question by:andy7789
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PPI  OR DPI  is not the same in Print as it is screen.   Photoshop is for Screen and Indesign will emulate Print.
That is why it is displaying like that 
Hope that helps a bit....

Author Comment

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OK, does this mean that it is hardly possible to get a decent printing quality for images created as screenshots?

I need the indesign document to be published in pdf, mostly for screen viewing
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selvol earned 2000 total points
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The images were made in Photoshop and the I drug it into InDesign....  THe gradient squares are two different squares.

Try Acrobat 9 Extended ............  It's much better then it was........

I am not an expert with indesign.. I actually sort of try not to use it.......     

Hope this helps.


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