6 Replies Latest reply on Jul 29, 2014 4:27 AM by Eugene Tyson

    Problems with placed PSDs in ID CC2014

    Tim McFly

      Hello everyone,

       

      after placing a PSD file in ID, there a massive loss of quality which can best be seen on the edges.

       

      Sample from original Logo in Photoshop, 100 %, CMYK (4000 x 2500 px, 300 dpi):

       

      id_psd.jpg

       

      Image saved as PSD and placed in ID (no scaling in ID, dimension exactly as in PS, ID set to highest display quality, object set to highest display quality):

       

      id_id.jpg

       

       

      What am I doing wrong?

       

      Thanks,

      Tim

        • 1. Re: Problems with placed PSDs in ID CC2014
          Eugene Tyson Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          InDesign only produces a lo-res proxy for the image.

           

          Try setting your View>Display Perfromance to High Quality.

           

          It's hard to see what's going wrong with the image as  you've used a JPEG which added compression - so both images look the same.

           

          PNG is better for the screen than JPEG - can you upload PNG screen shots of your artwork?

           

           

          Also - please note that Smart Vector objects are only vector inside Photoshop and outputting (printing) from PDF.

           

          All smart objects, no matter what file format are always rasterised when insert to another document.

           

          The only objects that can retain vector data is Vector Masks, Vector Shapes, and Text Layers (effects will always be rastered).

           

          And the only editable supported file for files with these elements  is an Photoshop PDF.

           

          Note - all smart objects will always be rasterised when inserted to any program to output, smart vector objects only retain their vectors for scaling in photoshop - they are rasterised on output.

           

           

          For this reason you should use Adobe Illustrator.

          • 2. Re: Problems with placed PSDs in ID CC2014
            Tim McFly Level 1

            Hi Eugene,

             

            > Try setting your View>Display Perfromance to High Quality.

             

            As stated it's set to High Quality

             

            > It's hard to see what's going wrong with the image as  you've used a JPEG which added compression - so both images look the same.


            Please click on both images to see a higher quality, the difference is clearly visible on the edges even with possible JPG artifacts

             

            > Also - please note that Smart Vector objects are only vector inside Photoshop and outputting (printing) from PDF.

             

            Just to make things clear: I saved a plain pixel image as PSD without any layers/effects/smart objetcs etc. And I imported that plain ole pixel PSD into ID without any modifications. And the result is as shown.

             

             

            Thanks,

            Tim

            • 3. Re: Problems with placed PSDs in ID CC2014
              Eugene Tyson Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              As I said - InDesign doesn't display the image directly - it uses a proxy.

               

              It could be that it's just not displaying a high enough proxy for you to see.

               

              How does it look when you file export and choose PDF - set it to 300 DPI.

              • 4. Re: Problems with placed PSDs in ID CC2014
                John Mensinger Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                Display quality setting notwithstanding, InDesign's proxy image is just that...a proxy...not your actual image. Evaluating its on-screen appearance in the editing environment is a waste of your time and energy.

                • 5. Re: Problems with placed PSDs in ID CC2014
                  Tim McFly Level 1

                  id_pdf.png

                   

                   

                  Eugene, you're right, it looks ok in the exported PDF. Now, is there any way to increase the quality of proxies to get a better preview inside ID?

                   

                  Thanks,

                  Tim

                  • 6. Re: Problems with placed PSDs in ID CC2014
                    Eugene Tyson Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    I don't think so Tim - it is what it is.