Pixilated photos

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Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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When I place my photos they are looking very pixilated. They are shot at 300 dpi and I am placing them at 100%, only cropping them, not re-sizing.

  Any idea what I am doing wrong. I will try to attach a screen shot.

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Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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Can you check the effective ppi of the said image in the links panel? Also see if adjusting the display performance(you can access the option it by right clicking on the image) have any effect

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Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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Links panel says the effective ppi is 212. Why would that be and what can
I do about it?

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Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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If you decrease the height and width of the placed image in InDesign the effective ppi will increase. How the image will look on printing depends upon effective ppi and 300 is a good number for it. Regarding the display performance, it is just related to how you see the image on screen and will have no bearing on the printing output.

P.S.:- I don't have much practical knowledge with printing/printers. Someone more experienced on this front might add relevant bits or information

-Manan

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 13, 2022 Apr 13, 2022

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If you are referring to the image looking pixelated in InDesign, it could just be your preview mode. As a test, use the View menu and turn on Overprint Preview or set your display to High Quality view.

 

David Creamer
Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Certified Professional, and Adobe Certified Expert (since 1995)

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Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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  I just adjusted the display performance and it looks far better. Bu will it also print better?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 13, 2022 Apr 13, 2022

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If you want valuate the resolution, export a PDF as you would do at the end anyway. Check the images with 100% and 400% zoom factor. If this is ok, it will probably print well. 

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Apr 13, 2022 Apr 13, 2022

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212 ppi would be enough for a "distribute-and-print" PDF printed on laserprinters.

I've used 225 ppi for years printing at 150 lpi using standard offset printing. 

 

David Creamer
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Apr 13, 2022 Apr 13, 2022

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Thanks for all the great suggestions.

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Further to the great advice already given to you

 

I have written an article on this

https://creativepro.com/high-res-image-look-low-res/

 

Hope it helps.

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