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Quality loss exporting jpeg and PDF to jpeg

Sep 22, 2010 6:45 PM

Mac OS X Version 10.6.2/2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon/Snow Leopard


Creative Suite 3


Trying to get an understanding on why the difference in quality when creating a JPEG from InDesign using 2 different methods.


1st Method (best quality—Sharp & Crisp):
InDesign/Export JPEG
Export settings:
Quality: Maximum
Format Method: Baseline
Resolution (ppi): 300
Open in PhotoShop/ Save as JPEG


2nd Method (looks washed out):
InDesign/Export PDF [High Quality Print]
Open PDF and Save As JPEG
I used default settings except changed
Colorspace: RGB
Resolution: 300 pixels


Thank You to all responding!

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    Sep 22, 2010 6:52 PM   in reply to 33 Steps

    If quality is a concern then exporting as PDF is the preferred method.


    If you're seeing the opposite you're probably converting to CMYK which would definitely have an effect on the vibrancy of colors.


    FWIW, you're the first person I've ever seen report that direct export to JPG as anything more than barely acceptable.



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    Sep 23, 2010 12:52 AM   in reply to Bob Levine

    Just thought i might add that i have encountered this same problem and that if i want a high quality jpeg i save as pdf then, open and re-save as jpeg in photoshop.


    I never knew my jpeg's weren't top quality until a customer informed that my jpegs were not of as good quality as jpeg's received off other designers they use.


    Unfortunately i have no fix for you, but thought it may be of interest to know its not just you!


    Andy Barrington

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    Sep 23, 2010 6:06 AM   in reply to Andrew Barrington

    Andy...are you replying to me or the OP?


    The OP is finding JPG export superior...and I've doing this a long time and already pointed out that PDF to JPG is the best method.



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