I'm importing some images from Illustrator into an InDesign document, and no matter what I do, they end up being pixelated. I've looked online for some solutions, and here's a list of things I've tried that have helped but not solved the problem:
Can anyone advise on what may be going wrong here? What can I do to fix this issue?
They're pixelated when you're viewing them at High Resolution in Indesign, or they're pixelated upon output? Not sure why you're messing with exporting from Illustator - just place the .ai file in Indesign. Are there raster images placed in the Illustrator file?
Hi! I've been exporting from Illustrator because I have multiple artboards in Illustrator that I will need to be separate objects in InDesign. When I tried to insert the .ai file, it would only insert the first artboard. Is there a way to insert all of them? If so, I'll definitely just do that!
on importing/placing the Illustrator file in InDesign hit the Shift key, alternatively activate the Import options in the file dialog. After you click place you get a second window, where you can specifiy which artboard you want to place.
Hi @alexcorb ,
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What file type do you use to import into InDesign?
You say that you are scaling up vectors in illustrator. A vector file will never pixelate. It can be enlarged or reduced without any loss of quality. So it is more probable that you are exporting your Illustrator files as pngs, jpegs or some other raster format and thus prone to pixelization if enlarged. You need to make sure that your illustrator art is actually vector to begin with. You can find this out in Illustrator by going to the Outline mode (View>Outline). If you see line drawing in that mode then the art is vector and not resolution dependent. If all you see is an empty box then the art is raster and will pixelate if used at a larger size than it was created at. If the art does turn out to be vector then save the file as either .ai or pdf. Either of those formats will retain the vector characteristics and should not show as pixelated.
Transparency pixel effects have indeed a pixel resolution in vector files. Those can pixelate if increased in InDesign.
Where, exactly, did you specify High Quality Display? In the Object menu, it controls the view of only the selected object, in the View menu, it controls the view for all objects in that session and in Preferences, it will impact all documents opened from that point forward. Very confusing.
My two-cents, ... . Do you check for document errors? To some, the images placed in the ID document may appear as 'pixelated' (definitely not a clean resolution) until the InDesign knows where the link is to the image-file(s). If you move the image files, after working on the ID document, without re-linking the image-file(s), ... it ain't pretty, anymore. I had that happen once, a while back.
Hope your issue was resolved!