I have noticed the same thing when pasting vector graphics as a Smart Object from Illustrator to Photoshop. Changing the Image Interpolation settings in Photoshop preferences and scaling Smart Objects again changes the antialiasing quality. Still I have been unable to find any good settings for this. In <= PS CS5 quality was way different - and better!
This is a thing that changes the way I work with Smart Objects to a point where I don't work with them, if I want to keep professional quality going on in my projects, so pretty please Adobe fix this!
I would like to add that I've replicated this across multiple Macs across OS X 10.6 and 10.7 and CS Design Standard and Master Collection.
I have placed an image from Photoshop as a smart object and it looks like the above. Does anyone know how this prints please.
I have duplicated this error. Restarted Photoshop, error remains. I found a workaround. Place the image as "pixels" not a smart object, hit <enter> to rasterize it, and THEN size it down. Does not work with Smart Objects that are raster images. This is a bug in my opinion. I will submit a bug report. Actually I'm tempted to go back to Photoshop 5.5. There are a few other issue that I've been dealing with.
Moved to Photoshop forum.
This isn't the Photoshop Forum? Could you provide a link to the forum that it move to? Thanks Bob.
It is now. It was in the Creative Suites forum where attention to single application issues is practically non-existant.
You should get way more attention here.
Ah.. ok. The error in question occurs with images cut and pasted from Illustrator as well. The file I used was a bitmapped file manipulated in Illustrator as a 3d wrap. When pasted into Photoshop as a smart object and reduced the pixelization occured, no aliasing was applied to the resultant image. It was useless. Again, the only way I could get the desired clarity was to paste it, place it as pixels, and resize it after placing it rather than resize it while it was still in that original paste state. Again the unfortunate thing is that it loses its "smart object" status making it useless if upsizing it is required, rendering the smart object advantage null and void.
I'm not sure there is error, but I do suspect extremely poor resampling.
A Smart Object pasted from Illustrator is a Vector SO. The rendering of raster images inside VSOs doesn't seem to have changed from CS5.1 to CS6; the versions do an equally hideous job when a VSO is downscaled. It's poor enough at print resolution, say 300 ppi, but it is absolutely disastrous at screen resolution 72 ppi. I wonder why the interpolation control in Preferences > General isn't honoured as it is with normal SOs.
I had the same problem copying from Indesign CS6 to Photoshop CS6. Then I realised that the images in Indesign were not linked to the source images once I relinked the images then they copied and pasted into Photoshop almost as expected. Sometimes the pasted image is only 99.86% high and I have to transform this to 100%.
Copy/Paste from Illustrator to Photoshop is uglifying things! So much for "Make your workflow easier with smart objects". Just spent 3 hours figuring out a way to make things look nicer. Apparently, pasting as "pixels", bloating it up to 400%+ and then resizing everything back to 100% really is the only option.
Back to Hejole's problem, it could be caused by not having the image preview quality set to full in InDesign before you copy and paste the object.
I know it's an old question, but I'll answer for anybody else that have the same issue.
I had the same problem trying to paste a vector from Ai, the answer is that the "anti-alias" wasn't selected when I applied the paste option (Smart Object, Pixels, etc.), before clicking enter!
That does not resolve the anti-aliasing issue in CS6 - it still looks rather bad.
The anti-aliasing sampling method applied to smart vector objects is just extremely bad looking. And it is not merely an issue in Photoshop: exporting artwork from Illustrator at web/screen resolution using the web export is absolutely abysmal looking (not other word applies here, unfortunately).
I explain more about this issue here: http://forums.adobe.com/message/6002543#6002543
The best option is to blow up the artwork, rasterize, and then scale down with bicubic or bicubic automatic, depending. But even then you will not achieve the same quality that can be attained with other tools that, for example, support catmul rom and mitchellnetravali for downsampling.
Anyway, Adobe applications are very weak when it comes to proper downsampling and file size optimization for web and screen graphics. You're better off looking someplace else.
Not sure if this will help but I have just had a similar issue importing pdf files into cs6.
Upon import all the transparent picture elements have a fine dotted line around them where the imported image meets the object based background.
With anti alias off the image came through fine. But the edging on the image was obviously unacceptably jagged.
To resolve this issue:
1 - I closed all photoshop windows but left the app running (this makes it a global change, however it is only fixed as a prement setting when photoshop is shutdown)
2 - Choose [Edit] > [Preferances] > [General] Ctrl+K
3 - Change Image Interpolation: from Bicubic Automatic to Bicubic (best for smooth graidients)
The image then improted fine.
This may also resolve your smart object import alias issues.
When you have the vector layer selected, press ctrl+t (to activate transform controls or cmd+t on mac) then look in the top options bar, there is a little checkbox that says Anti-Alias, check it, and it should fix your problem.
That does not resolve Hejole's issues. If you read his post, he made it clear he already turned anto-aliasing on and off, and even with anti-aliasing activated, still an unacceptable result.
However, in the newer versions it may have been fixed by now. You responded to a 2 year old thread.