I'm having a strange problem. I have 11 InDesign files that are basically the same (sharing the same styles and object styles.) 10 files are fine.
Mac OS 10.6.8, CS5.5, using File>>Export to create PDFs.
One file is causing problems. The images don't show when exported to PDF. (They also don't show in InDesign in Overprint Preview.) Settings are exactly the same as images that work in other files.
These images are pasted into the INDD file. One possible difference: these images were pasted (by someone else) from a Publisher file. The other files have some images pasted in from PowerPoint files. I know that pasting images is not recommended, lectures not needed.
I am trying to get access to the images to link them properly, but I'd like to figure out what is causing the problem.
I found a few other forum discussions on the subject, but none with an answer. (Feel free to point me to a helpful previous discussion.)
How about posting a screen shot? Are they on a layer that's been set to non-printing? Pretty much the only options are non-printing in the attributes, on a non-printing layer, or white set to overprint when they don't show in Overprint Preview.
I exported the file to IDML, then opened it and resaved as INDD CS5.5. That fixed the problem... mostly.
A few of the photos must be corrupt files: they preview in InDesign fine, but don't display properly in the pdf. They look like they do in the pdf when copy and pasted from InDesign into Photoshop. Now I have to figure out if it's possible to get the original photos or extract them (and fix any corruption) from Publisher.
Thanks for the help!
It's actually not that bad. That kind of corruption means that the program has got the wrong information about the size and height of the image.
For instance, if you had Peter's Avatar, which is a 46x46 image:
And you somehow thought it was 23x96 image, it would look like this:
and it looks like that's what's going on.
Save your image.
Open in Photoshop.
Save as a Portable Bit Map.
Open in a good editor, like Emacs.
The top of the file looks like this:
Mess with the dimensions (46x46) until you get it right.
There's probably a better tool for this, but that's one.
The image is not simply the wrong dimensions, but thanks for the guess.
I was able to get original images, so all is well and I can finish up the last chapter in this 600 page manual: thanks everyone!