To make a long story short, I have to learn InDesign on my own for my job. And I am fine with doing simple stuff, but now I ma starting to have problems, I have no clue how to fix.
I created a file, exported it to PDF, all looks great, but when I print it the imagies are all blurry and half of my text is gone. What am I doing wrong? A friend suggested I fix the links, but I have no clue what they are or how to fix them.
Thank you for all your help.
It is CS5.5 for Mac, that is how much I know about it. How do I install updates on it? Wow, I must sound really stupid, but mac usually installs everything on it's own and I never had to do manually do anything except to check for updates. I think my problem is farely simple, but I am so unexperienced in this that I have no clue.
Try Help > Updates... in InDesign, and if the 7.5.3 patch doesn't show up, download and install it manually: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5366
Blurry images are either because the images are poor to begin with, they're linked and the links are missing or out-of-date, or you've used the wrong settings for export. Install the update, then try again, and if you still have a problem come back and tell us the PDF export settings you've used.
I think there is something wrong with my links. The images are fine, but I have no clue how to repair links and what are they.
Peter, thank you for helping me. I downloaded the update. But have the same problem.
Nope. I think that this is my main problem, that I can not see the links I am using or any red question marks or yellow triangles. I clicked on the link tab. But nothing. On my other Docs I can see the links but not in this one. I am so frustrated by now.
So, what do I do now?
Let me tell you, I ma not a big fan of InDesign. Getting an accounting degree, it doesn't do me any good to learn it. I am trying so hard though. Ideally class would be a great start, but here I am trying to get help online, bc no one wants to pay for my class.
You said you created the file, so you should know how you put in the images, and where they came from, right? Am I correct that you pasted them? Where did you get them?
If the original images were high resolution, you could go back and replace all the pasted copies with the linked originals (File > Place..), but if these are web images or other poor quality images there isn't much you can do.
For those images that you have on the desktop, instead of Copy/Paste, us File > Place... and select the image. That will link it. You may need to drag a frame withthe loaded "Place Gun" cursor to get the size you want. Once the image is placed you can select it and from either the links panel (in the link information section down below the list) or the Info panel you can read the "Effective PPI" value. Taht will tell us if you have enough image data to use the image at the size you've chosen.
Images in Word docs are a bit harder. DocX, I believe, allows you to place the full res images along with the text, and if memory serves (Bob, are you still awake?) you can save from Word as HTML and get a folder withthe images that you can place without the text.
Here’s a link to a blog post I wrote on ID Secrets: http://indesignsecrets.com/get-the-full-picture-with-docx.php