I have created a vector file in cs6. It includes vector paths that have large hi-res images that use clipping masks to make them the same shape. When I attempted to scale the size of the artwork down significantly all of the images became horribly pixelated. When exported to a Press Quality PDF, the issue remains. Could the clipping mask be causing the images to become distorted from scaling down? I've never had an issue with distortion when making large images smaller. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Are those Photoshop EPS files with Clipping Paths? You might be seeing the Preview image. What if you created .psd's with transparent backgounds? Thet Place in Illustrator at Full Resolution instead of an EPS Proxy which links to the EPS, but Places as a preview image. Just my guess. You're in better shape sizing the original and Placing it at 100%. Oops. Just realized you are talking about JPEGs. So, the clipping path is contructed in Illustrator and you are masking the JPEG? Could still be a preview situation, have you tried printing the file?
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The jpegs are placed in illustrator and then the clipping mask is applied. Do you think this could be a PDF issue? When viewing the PDF on screen and then printing it the images remained blurry. This was not an issue when the file is at its original size.