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Text in linked PSD not sharp in InDesin

Community Beginner ,
Apr 06, 2024 Apr 06, 2024

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Hey everyone,

 

I have a mysterios case and hope one of you can help. I design book covers in photoshop (resolution 300 dpi). When I want to create the print PDF, I place the PSD in InDesign and export there (because it can create muuuuch smaller files than Photoshop *g*). Usually this works nicely and I never had a problem before.
Now I have a case where  the font looks blurry and not sharp in InDesign AND in the exported PDF. (I know about the display view settings, they are on high *g*). I exported a PDF with Photoshop for comparison and it is super sharp.

Screenshot from PDF exported with Photoshop (layers not combined, just hitted the export option):

NadineM_0-1712400583132.png

Screenshot PDF exported with InDesign:

NadineM_1-1712400660299.png

Both screenshots were taken on 200% in the PDF files. If you look closely you can see those frizzy edges on the InDesign export and I am totally confused. I must be doing something wrong, but I don't see it. I am a total noob in InDesign, only really use it for creating print PDFs. 

 

Before anyone asks:
- No, I can't she PSD and INDD files since it is work for a client with licensed stocks in it.
- I can't just send out the PDF created by Photoshop because it is of a hundred MB size and that's just too big (print service will most likely reject it). 


Anyone has a guess?

 

Thank for your time,
Nadine

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Community Expert , Apr 06, 2024 Apr 06, 2024

If you are using text in Photoshop do not place a PSD. Instead, save your cover as a Photoshop PDF and place that in InDesign. That will retain the vector properties of the text.

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Apr 06, 2024 Apr 06, 2024

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If you are using text in Photoshop do not place a PSD. Instead, save your cover as a Photoshop PDF and place that in InDesign. That will retain the vector properties of the text.

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Exactly - 

The text layers in Photoshop are only good in PSDs when printing directly from Photoshop.

Text  layers will be rasterised when placing into InDesign. 

As Bob says, save it as a PDF and then the vector data is be preserved for InDesign.

 

It's peculiar, I asked about it before - and apparently it should be possible for InDesign programmers to allow the text to be vector from tiff or PSDs from Photoshop - they just haven't done it.

 

You can always post a feature request
https://indesign.uservoice.com/


But for now - as Bob says, save it as a PDF.

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OMG, Thank you! You just saved my weekend *g* The end file is now a bit bigger than before, but absolutely within reasonable measures. Thanks! 🙂

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