When I place graphic files in InDesign it looks terrible. Normally it works perfect. What is wrong?
I tried to change from Mac to PC, but that did not help
Are you using High Quality display settings?
Right click and choose display performance as below:
In short > because you could have hundreds or even thousands of graphics/images in an InDesign document unless you specifically tell it to.. InDesign will display everything by default on "typical display settings" or occasionally on Fast display...
This essentially is a thumbnail or pre-render of the actual graphic displayed at a much lower resolution and quality than the original - giving you that blocky effect that you can see.
If however graphics are still blocky on high-quality display settings then this normally means that the original image/graphic is much too small to be scaled to the size you have set it in Indesign (i.e. width/height taken on X size of X spread).
It is now at high, but the result is the same
This illustration is in A4 Size and I import it smaller to Indesign
I think is so strange( fruuustrating) , because it never have been a problem earlier.
And when I try to copy some elipses from Ai to Ind I get the coding instead??
<!-- Generator: Adobe Illustrator 21.0.2, SVG Export Plug-In -->
xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/2000/svg” xmlns:xlink=”http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink” xmlns:a=”http://ns.adobe.com/AdobeSVGViewerExtensions/3.0/”
x=”0px” y=”0px” width=”617px” height=”95.3px” viewBox=”0 0 617 95.3”
style=”overflow:scroll;enable-background:new 0 0 617 95.3;” xml:space=”preserve”>
Have you changed the global display settings to high quality?
If that doesn't work have you tried clicking on the frame (that contains the graphic) in InDesign then right click>preview>High Quality?
If none of that works - have you tried exporting to PDF at maximum resolution settings and seeing what that looks like?
Then Finally -
Do you have any raster effect settings set in Illustrator? (Effects > Document Raster Effect Settings...)
Are you using native illustrator files? Do you import and place these or copy and paste them into InDesign?
It is all on high and some of the graphics have no effect, bur are only shapes with color fill
And it also looks terrible in a PDF
Can I send you the InDesign file in any way?
Yes you can use a file sharing site like Dropbox.
did you do a test with Separation Preview panel and Separations turned on?
Or at least with View Overprint turned on?
nilleg57851248 wrote… I think is so strange( fruuustrating) , because it never have been a problem earlier.
Did you had to trash your preferences lately?
Maybe your import options were set to default?
After inspecting your screenshot of your intital post I cannot see an Illustrator file placed.
Just an EPS file that perhaps was saved with Illustrator.
For EPS file types always check For screen: "Rasterize the PostScript" with your EPS place options.
From my German InDesign where this option is set:
You can set the Import options at the bottom of the Open dialog where you select the file you want to place.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!
I spent so many hours trying to sort this out and nearly canceled the job - THANK YOU!!
Bro, I love you! I'm new to Indesign and was frustrated over an imported SVG file being pixelated.
Select one of the images, and check the Effective PPI in the Links panel. What does it say?
Actuall PPI are 72
Effective PPI are 23
Dimensions are 97 x 113
So that means the exports were at 72ppi, and then the art was scaled up in size on the ID page, thus lowering the effective ppi to a crude 23 ppi. How are you exporting these pngs and jpgs from Illustrator? Why are you not keeping the artwork in a vector format like a native .ai file or a PDF file format?
I will import an ai file every time now !
Thank you THANK YOU
Great! And use File > Place.That way you can use the Pencil icon in the Links panel to hop over to Illustrator to edit and file. When you save and close, InDesign will update the document to reflect the latest update.
Effective PPI are 23
Bingo. For print, you want to resolution to be at lease 200 ppi, although the precise number depends on the output device. The files are very very low res and that accounts for the pixelation.
You can place native .ai files from Illustrator into InDesign and not have to deal with resolution at all. That's my recommendation.
Try these steps in this order:
1. Close the file
2. Open InDesign preferences > Display performance
3. Set both Typicals to High Quality
4. Uncheck Preserve Object Level Display Settings
5. Click OK
6. Re-open your file
7. Sometimes InDesign stubbornly ignores these global settings and a right-click of the problem graphic might reveal something under Display Performance.
Don't copy n paste from Illy; it is better to PLACE an Illustrator .ai file. If you feel you must copynpaste, go to Illy preferences > File Handling > Clipboard. Turn off Include SVG Code. Turn ON AICB and either preserve paths or preserve appearance and overprints, if you are making more complex drawing.
Don't use the aged, creaky EPS filetype anymore. It cannot transparency blend mode. It cannot support live effects like drop shadows. Save stuff as .AI or .PDF from Illustrator.
Oh, and make sure your links are good in the Links panel.
It was the handling/clipboard thing
Thank you for so many good advises 😄
Thank You all for all your good support.
What a relief
Wish you all a wonderful and inspiring week