Sometimes when I place an image into Indesign, parts of the image disappear. How do I keep it from doing this?

Posted on 2014-07-17
Last Modified: 2014-07-21
I'm creating a catalog for a client in InDesign and some of the photos that I place into the document will lose pixels or disappear entirely. The parts of the image that are lost vary between the picture. When I view the images in any other program, they appear fine. Since the images need to be high-res I use .tif files, so I tried to convert them to .jpg, .png, and .gif figuring maybe it had something to do with layering? I tried redownloading the files from a different source and changing the location/name, still no luck.
Question by:BCF IT Dept
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    Instead of converting the tiff
    open them in a viewer and using your snipping tool do a rectangular snip and save it as either as a jpeg png etc
    using the floppy.
    rectangular snipIn your search type snipping tool, pin it to your taskbar
    open your Tiff then run snipping tool screen will go grey select the rectangle, drag it around the region and then it goes clear on this, save it.
    Your layout sets  sizes seem to overlap, I haven't used In design so at a guess the sizes you have dont match the images  try and flatten your stages so that the images are set properly then add a new one.
    I'd use a power point for this so much easier to move images around place them add text and effects then just save it as jpeg or other formats
    I just used my snipping tool and pasted directly into Power Point.
    save Power Point  as
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    by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
    The tiff will render better than jpg et el.  And if you are using this for printing to paper, that is what you will need.  What you are probably seeing is the preview image and not what is actually going to print out.  

    Try printing out your document and see if this holds true.  If that is the case, then don't worry about what it looks like on screen.  

    Make sure you are using your photo images at 100% - always.  If your original photo is 10" wide and you need it to be 5", this should be done in photoshop.  If your original image is 3" wide and you need it to be 5" you are out of luck.  You can't easily go larger.  Now if your image is at 600 dpi and your printer only requires 300 dpi, you might be able to do this.  The real key is images at 100%.
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    It looks like your master file has "clipping " applied. Either as a "clipping path" or as a layer with transparency. It looks like your images have been deep etched to removed the unwanted or distracting backgrounds.

    Open you pictures in Photoshop and check that out. You can also check the clipping option int Indesign (object menu>clipping options). Either path or transparency may be selected and you can turn the clipping off.

    Also when placing a file check the options radio button to on and you will get a list of options which may include Path clipping or Photoshop transparency

    Good luck.

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    by:BCF IT Dept
    Taking a screenshot with the snipping tool won't suffice for this project. I need to maintain the high quality photos because this will be going to print. I've printed the document and the images print as they appear (rendered).

    Yes! It seems the files had a clip applied, so I turned that off and they seem to be working properly. How does that clipping path stay even when I convert the image to a jpg?

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    by:BCF IT Dept
    Thank you for the help!
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    jpeg doesn't support clipping paths or transparency, so you will need to use PSD, Tif or raster EPS.

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