InDesign - Exporting JPGs at 72dpi

Community Beginner ,
Feb 23, 2021 Feb 23, 2021

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I'm having an issue with exporting JPGs from InDesign at 72dpi - they're coming out at horrendously low quality, particularly text at smaller resolutions. I know InDesign's not ideal for web-based images, but I hadn't expected the results to be quite so bad.

 

The same artwork exported as high resolution PNG from InDesign then downsampled in Photoshop produces good results, but I'm hoping to avoid this and produce images directly from the INDD working file if possible (as there are a high number of images to be processed).

 

No problem if there's nothing to be done (as this was something of an experiment), but I thought it worth checking in with the Adobe community brains trust regardless.

 

Thanks!

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021
Thanks, not sure why I wasn’t getting the error here, but there is a missing variable. Haven’t had time to check it in 2021, but see if this updated script works:   https://shared-assets.adobe.com/link/892b27ac-92f1-4c7b-7368-cb97688fd997  

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021

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Can you explain more about how you are exporting out jpg files please ?

If file > export and choosing jpeg format then check that the "image quality" is set to maximum and Format method is set to Progressive.

 

This saves the enitr page as a jpeg file so might not be what you are doing or want to do.

If exporting indesign as html then check the settings are correct - original or optimised with JPEG image quality set to maximum and format method as progressive.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 03, 2021 Mar 03, 2021

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Thanks for the repsonse - it was File > Export to JPG (both Baseline and Progressive settings at Maximum quality) that was leading to low-quality results.

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Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021

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Exporting a PDF and opening in Photoshop often produces better results. You might try this Javascript, it exports the page or selection to PDF and saves the PDF as a JPEG:

 

https://shared-assets.adobe.com/link/892b27ac-92f1-4c7b-7368-cb97688fd997

 

The dialog looks like this:

 

Screen Shot 6.png

 

There are two added options: Open in Photoshop leaves the JEPG open where you can edit or save to a different format. Open to Fixed Pixel Width lets you set any final pixel width for the page or selection. This is a recent translation of an Applescript, and I’ve only tested it in-house in version 2020.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021

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@rob day I get an error when i try to run that script - no panel appears

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Thanks, not sure why I wasn’t getting the error here, but there is a missing variable. Haven’t had time to check it in 2021, but see if this updated script works:

 

https://shared-assets.adobe.com/link/892b27ac-92f1-4c7b-7368-cb97688fd997

 

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Mar 03, 2021 Mar 03, 2021

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I tested with CC2021 and it seems to be working.

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Mar 03, 2021 Mar 03, 2021

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Perfect, thanks for posting this Rob!

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Mar 04, 2021 Mar 04, 2021

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This script is amazing @rob day  ! thanks for sharing it

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