Blurry text when placed over certain colors

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Feb 23, 2022 Feb 23, 2022

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I'm laying out a children's book in InDesign. Ive imported the pages of my book from Illustrator by dropping them into Indesign. I've then done the text for the book in Indesign. Is this the best way to do it? For some reason my text looks sharp when it's over white but when it's over red it looks pixelated. Pretty strange. Is this just a problem on my screen or will this show up when printed?

 

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Feb 23, 2022 Feb 23, 2022

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Presumably you Placed the image as a native AI file in InDesign and then added the text.

How are you viewing the document View > Display Performance > High Quality Display is recommended.

(You have the first word bolder, is that what you want?)

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Feb 23, 2022 Feb 23, 2022

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I suspect this is just a display issue in InDesign. How does it look in an exported PDF?

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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It looks blurry when I export it as well

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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Are you able to share a sample file for examination?

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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I've zoomed in to 6400% on your PDF and it is crisp on my monitor.

I'd like to see sample in a .indd as well.

 

What sort of monitor and resolution are you using? Any OS scaling applied?

 

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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I don’t see a problem in your PDF. Here it is zoomed in—Object Inspector shows the text object filled with 100% black with Overprint turned on:

 

Screen Shot 38.png

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Feb 23, 2022 Feb 23, 2022

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"Dropped into InDesign"? I hope you mean "File > Place"; not drag n drop.

Make sure all color models are the same; preferably RGB. InDesign has a color model, too, under Edit > Transparency Blend Space

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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While transparency and color management policies and blend spaces, along with Place vs drag-and-drop might affect color, I don't believe they should have any effect on the crispness of type.

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So I'm assuming from your response that it's bad to literally drop the file into Indesign? What's the difference?

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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Check and see if your type is set to crisp, on the top bar.

Lee- Graphic Designer, Print Specialist, Photographer

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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That's for Photoshop, this is InDesign.

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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Yes that is correct photoshop, my bad. Did you try to convert the Type into outline? Be sure to duplicate the layer first, for backup.

Lee- Graphic Designer, Print Specialist, Photographer

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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Hi @jonl17076061 , is the black text set to Overprint? The display of CMYK Black could vary a bit depending on whether the fill is set to Overprint or not, and the document’s CMYK profile’s soft proof. Here you can see the Black text that I have knocked out has a subtle fringe which could look like a blur when the text is zoomed out. 

 

Screen Shot 37.png

 

In any case you want to make sure your black text is set to Overprint, so there isn’t a registration problem on press.

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