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Placed image/photo in Illustrator appears distorted, pixelated and jagged

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Mar 31, 2017

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When I drag an image (saved from the internet) and place it my illustrator file it goes completely distorted mostly happens with the images i screenshoted on my phone and specifically PNG images. For example: I am drawing a woman and having trouble with hands, i find a photo online save it and drag it to my file to use as a reference and it goes all jagged and distorted and pixelated. PLEASE HELP

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Placed image/photo in Illustrator appears distorted, pixelated and jagged

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When I drag an image (saved from the internet) and place it my illustrator file it goes completely distorted mostly happens with the images i screenshoted on my phone and specifically PNG images. For example: I am drawing a woman and having trouble with hands, i find a photo online save it and drag it to my file to use as a reference and it goes all jagged and distorted and pixelated. PLEASE HELP

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Apr 01, 2017

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What happens if you don't drag the file to Place it but instead use File>Place from the File menu?

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Apr 01, 2017

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same exact result. no matter how i place it (drag it, open with, or place)

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Apr 01, 2017

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File type is transparent CMYK according to link info, which is a bit weird.  Can you do a Save As Image, from browser, rather than drag an image.  And open in Photoshop, check colour space, bit depth etc.  Maybe some issue for color profiles?  what are your Colour Settings doing?

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Apr 02, 2017

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Which system is this?

What happens when you first open that images in Photoshop, save it from there as a JPEG with sRGB color profile and then place it in Illustrator.

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I'm having the same issue has anyone worked out why this happens?

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This is a photo you took with an iPhone?

Can you open it in Photoshop and then use "Save for Web" or any other workflow to turn it into an 8-bit/channel image?

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How do I re-create this effect? If I want to make an image placed in illus look like this (rainbow, pixelated, distorted)? 

 

thanks

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Take it into Photoshop and change it to 16 bit before saving. Then reopen in AI.

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