pdf to photoshop looks like crap

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I just updated photoshop and now all textdocuments I take in from pdf looses quality alot and looks like crap. What can I do?

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You can start by providing meaningful information. 

 

What is »take in from pdf« supposed to mean for example? 

Do you place the pdf as a Smart Object, do you import/rasterize the pdf, what are the settings you choose, …? 

 

Could you please post a screenshot taken at View > 100% with the pertinent Panels (Toolbar, Layers, Channels, Options Bar, …) visible? 

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Place them as smart objects. That will solve the problem.

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That depends on what the OP actually means and possibly on what the Anti-alias setting is. 

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"That will solve the problem"

 

Assuming the file will eventually be output from Photoshop, it will only postpone the problem, not solve it.

 

Images in a PDF aren't treated as pixel images, they are treated as objects at a certain size. You set the resolution (ppi) when opening into Photoshop, and unless you happen to match the original resolution, chances are you will get a resampled image. 

 

In short, PDF images are hit or miss. I avoid them if at all possible. But to make the best out of it, open at 300 ppi in Photoshop.

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