I am working in Illustrator CS5. I have a jpg I am placing into an illustrator file and for some reason I am losing major quality and I can't figure out why. I have done this for years with no problem, but for some reason this photo has problems. I have opened the same file in photoshop and quality is great, size is much larger than need and 300 dpi. Any ideas what could be happening?
Some screen shots would be nice. Something that shows what you mean by "losing quality". Your applications should be optimized and color managed to honor profiles ( or not...your call ). And, I'd love to know how you decided the image quality reduced in Illustrator. Did you view it using a viewer? I need more information in order to make any type of recommendation.
I'm not sure how to optimize illustrator and honor the color profiles. I'm just viewing the image directly in AI -- and you can see from the screenshots the difference in quality - one from AI and one from PS. I place images in AI all the time and haven't experienced this kind of quality loss before. I'm sure a setting has been altered, I just don't know which ones.
First, in Photoshop, Save the file as a targa file and if you can convert it to either lab colors or rgb (without lossing color quality), if it is CMYK. Then save it again as something other than a jpeg. Then close it and then re-open it. Then save it again as a jpeg. This will hopefully remove the color profile.
I'm still looking for a solution.
I tried Slange64's suggestion (hopefully I did it correctly) and that didn't seem to change anything - it still looks odd in AI. In PS it says the color profile is RGB.
Any other thoughts that might help?
Maybe I am missing something. When I follow your suggestion, I save as targa - then again as bmp - I get two files (one targa and one bmp) because the save option isn't available, only the 'save as' which creates a new file. Is that the problem? How would I convert the targa to a different file type without just creating a new file? Then when I opened the bmp and resaved as a jpg I ended up with a 3rd file.
Thanks so much....this is getting very discouraging!
Could it be possible that the quality is too high and when I reduce the size of the photo there is just too many ppi?
Original photo is 19x13 300 ppi.
I reduce size in AI to 5x7.
I do this often, and have never had trouble before - but when I save the file (from AI) to a pdf it looks just fine (maybe because it is downsampling?)
Is there a way to change or check the ppi in AI?
Oh Yes, sorry, absolutely that can be a problem... I understand it hasn't happened before however some images don't interpolate very well... Remeber to try to keep your resolution clos to the final size at the appropriate resolution.