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Images don't show in PDF or overprint preview

Nov 9, 2011 9:49 AM

Tags: #missing #pdf #images #indesign_cs5.5

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.)

 

Any ideas?

 
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    Nov 9, 2011 10:00 AM   in reply to its_betty

    Select the image and open the attributes panel. They may be set to non-printing.

     

     

     

    Bob

     
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    Nov 9, 2011 11:09 AM   in reply to its_betty

    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.

     
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    Nov 9, 2011 12:44 PM   in reply to its_betty

    Yeah, that image needs a good restoration crew to make it look like a building again.

     
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  • John Hawkinson
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    Nov 9, 2011 11:01 PM   in reply to Peter Spier

    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:

    http://forums.adobe.com/people/P%20Spier/avatar/46.png?a=1252

    And you somehow thought it was 23x96 image, it would look like this:

     

    46-23-96.png

     

    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:

    P6

    46

    46

    255

    Mess with the dimensions (46x46) until you get it right.

     

    There's probably a better tool for this, but that's one.

     
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    Nov 10, 2011 3:05 AM   in reply to John Hawkinson

    Yep, that's a good restoration crew.

     

    It would really be a lot easier, if you can find the original, to replace the image with that rather than play guessing games.

     
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    Nov 10, 2011 6:22 AM   in reply to its_betty

    Huh. Now I'm curious what was wrong? The other obvious reason is wrong color depth (24-bit versus 8-bit or 1-bit or whatnot).

     
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