How is it saved? As PSD? As TIFF? As JPEG? As PDF?
Remember that text gets rasterized unless you save as PDF.
What is your view setting in InDesign, Typical? High quality?
We need some more info.
First, do you have High Quality Display enabled?
Second, is this destined for screen or print? if for print, how does it look in a PDF and in a print?
Third, why are you setting the type in Photoshop at all? Unless this is very large type or using an effect that you can't achieve in ID you're much better off setting the type directly in ID, and if you absolutley must set the type in Photoshop, you should also, if you can leave it live and save the file as a Photoshop PDF for importing into ID which will prevent the type from being rasterized.
High quality view in ID and I saved both as pdf and jpg. Both looks bad.
AND High Quality AND PDF AND 300ppi at 100% AND it is not a missing link? And it looks bad?
Maybe you can share the file that you placed with me so I can check? You can contact me by clicking on my name or send me a dropbox shared link for example.
Did you resave the jpeg as PDF? That won't work. You have to have the original layered file and the type layers need to still be editable...
And jpeg would be a poor choice in any case due to compression losses and artifacting.
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Peter makes a good point! Save your original PSD files to PDF!
(Did you try to simply save as PSD and take that into InDesign by the way?)
Thanks for all your suggestions!
Now I think I did everything right; In the case below I saved as psd and imported directly into Indesign.
It is much better now, but still not as good as I would like it to be.
The image is for printing in a book, but it also looks inferior in a pdf file.
The line "Heaven and earth..." below is written directly in InDesign, the line above is written in Photoshop.
If the text is still live in the .psd, save a PDF and use that instead.
But honestly, there's nothing here that should be done in Photoshop to begin with. You can draw the rectangles (or just use lines with a heavy stroke weight) directly in ID, as well as setting the text. Those figures should be 100% vector.
If you are going to use a rater image, I don't see a thing that looks like it requires grayscale, so I wold work at a minimum of 1200 ppi at the finished size and save as Bitmap instead.
Thanks -think I got it