That shouldn't be happening, so maybe it's the display settings. Try View > Display Performance > High Quality Display.
You can set that as the default in your prefs.
Keep in mind, though, that screen caps are low res to start with. They never look great.
Is this for print or screen viewing.
Output resolution increases when you scale down—a 72 ppi image has an effective print resolution of 240ppi when you scale it to 30%. So if the output is print the screen capture's text will be fully resolved, but it will be 3x smaller and harder to read.
If the output is a screen you're up against the screen's resolution, which isn't likely to be 240ppi, so the layout needs to be zoomable like a PDF
Interesting. That worked. Thanks!
I didn't think of that, as I wasn't so much concerned with "display resolution", and I just assumed ID was set on some comp setting -- with final output being original.
But once I had exported to High Qualtiy PDF etc., it still came out as funny as it looked on screen.
Still confusing terminology and correlation to me, but hey, it works.
Rob, it's possibly for both. It's a PDF I would send, that they could well possibly print out.
It seems iPhone caps, and the screen caps, are 72ppi. When I place a phone cap on the page, it's displayed at 8.5"x12.5". Nutty. When I reduced it, it got pixelated -- even when exporting to HQ PDF. Peter's suggestion of changing the display resolution actually solved it -- as far as PDF display on my own personal screen goes.
I was simply confused because regardless what I resize the caps to in a dedicated cap editting tool, like Clarify, Skitch, etc., it renders perfectly at any size.
I wonder what the best method is. I'm not doing anytthing revolutionary here! There are simple ste-by-step tutorials using screen caps as reference in all corners of web and print. I guess these screen cap programs have a dedicated engine or something. I've been working with PS and AI for almost 20 years, and the whole ppi/resolution thing still confuses the hell out of me some times...
When I place a phone cap on the page, it's displayed at 8.5"x12.5". Nutty.
Not nutty. The iPhone screen capture is 612 x 900 pixels (the full iphone 4 screen is 640x960), so 612/72=8.5 and 900/72=12.5.