Effective Resolution applies to images, not Illustrator EPS files.
It's easy for an application to read the resolution of an image file. EPS is Encapsulated PostScript. It's a programming language. There's no way (at least no obvious way), for InDesign to read through the PostScript code Illustrator generated to look at how any embedded images are encoded.
If you're unfortunate enough to receive an Illustrator EPS file, you'll have to open it in Illustrator. And, if necessary, set the Document Raster Settings as you have done.
I opened the illy eps, selected all, and went to Effect>Document Raster Settings, and changed the resolution from 'High (300ppi)' to 'Other', and set it at 1200ppi.
The flattening resolution happens in the eps save dialog, you'll have to Save As and set the mesh resolution there via custom.
would like to totally stamp this out...
Do not want to change file to .ai, beacuse it is used in many places throughout a series of books. Any ideas?
I think it would be worth switching to .ai and updating the books so you can keep the transparency live.
Your last line makes no sense at all. If you're using InDesign use AI or
PDF for anything out of Illustrator.
I did open it, amend the document raster settings, maxed them out, brought it into InDesign, but ID still reports that the effictive res is 250dpi, despite being changed to 2400ppi in Illustrator.
I did ensure the correct option were chosen when I saved as. And that all thesettings I mentioned in Illustrator were correct. It's just that IDCS5's preflight doesnt care, and brings up an effective resolution of 250dpi regardless of what resolution is set at in Illustrator.
What does it look like when exported to PDF?
Any rasterisation at all in the image?
InDesign does not have the ability to read some things in eps, ai, and pdf *vector* files.
If vector filetypes, InDesign cannot tell you color space, altho I wish it would. Also, if vector, InDesign's info panel has no reason to tell you effective nor actual ppi, since there isn't any. InDesign's Actual and Effective Resolution in the Info panel doesn't seem to be aware of document raster settings from Illy (where Illy is controlling pixel-based drop shadows and other effects).
This seems to be the same limitation within the Preflight panel, too. If it isn't made of pixels, these mechanisms don't report about it.
Best bet, stop making .EPS files. Start making .AI files or else .PDF files. Setting the drop shadows to 2400ppi or 1200ppi or anything beyond 300ppi is *probably* simply overkill and unnecessary. Setting the mesh resolution in the save as dialog box is *probably* in most cases overkill and unnecessary.
Try doing less and see if it doesn't image just fine anyway. Remember, vector files are resolution-independent, and will image at the highest dpi the imaging device can produce (or is set to produce).
Mike Witherell in Maryland
I just tested in CS6 and its preflight does see the difference when I flatten low res vs.hi res in the eps save dialog, so it could be a problem with CS5.5. But the eps format is a bigger problem than a buggy preflight panel
Try FlightCheck, it can read preflight native .AI Illustrator files stand-aloine, as well as when placed within InDesign layouts. You can get a demo here: http://www.markzware.com/products/flightcheck and then I am curious of your findings compared to Live Preflighting. (I work for Markzware, the makers of FlightCheck)