What Resolution / DPI do I set my InDesign page when inserting images.

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Feb 24, 2021 Feb 24, 2021

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Hello,

I am not sure what settings to set my InDesign page at to ensure that the photos do not become distorted and blurry. 

Or is this supposed to happen to keep load speeds down ?

 

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Feb 24, 2021 Feb 24, 2021

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You can't assign a resolution to an InDesign page. An image you place retains its original resolution, with an "effective" resolution, factored by any scaling you apply in the InDesign editing environment, honored at output.

 

When you place an image, InDesign writes a dedicated "proxy" image for use in displaying your layout work. There are Display Performance settings (in Preferences and on the View menu), that will render the proxy image at varied fidelities, allowing you to accept a lower fidelity display in favor of increased screen-redraw speed, or sacrifice speed in favor of higher fidelity appearance. 

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/incopy/using/controlling-graphics-display.html

https://creativepro.com/setting-indesigns-display-performance/

 

 

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Mar 07, 2021 Mar 07, 2021

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You should set you dpi preference in photoshop under image size. This will assure it is not going to be blurry when place into you InDesign file. 

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Mar 07, 2021 Mar 07, 2021

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You select the resolution of an image via Photoshop, as mentioned by John, but the Effective resolution depends on the size you make the image in InDesign -- enlarge the image and you reduce the resolution. You normally want an Effective resolution of between 200 and 300 PPI.

Note, the nomenclature for resolution is PPI (Pixels Per Inch), DPI (Dots Per Inch) is for the resolution of printers, such as laser and inkjet printers.

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Mar 08, 2021 Mar 08, 2021

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Agree with Derek, but we've increased our standard resolutions in InDesign layouts:

  • For print/press, 300-400 ppi/dpi
  • For digital, 200-300 ppi/dpi
  • For layouts that will end up both printed and digital (such as a PDF on the web), 300-400 ppi/dpi.

 

The resolution can be reduced when the print-PDF, web-PDF, and EPUB are exported. In other words, we can "dumb-down" the resolution as needed for a particular type of PDF, so a higher resolution to start is best. Gives the layout enough wiggle room and clarity of graphics to work for many different media.

 

Bevi Chagnon | Designer & Technologist for Accessible InDesign + PDFs |
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  • True, I do not usually enlarge images in InDesign, so I did not think of that. Good additional information. Yes, I agree.

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