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Select one of your images and look in your Links Panel and see what the Effective resolution (PPI) is.
What is the intent of your document - print or screen?
(There may be several reasons for your issue, this is a check for one of them.)
The images really are too small. Check the "effective PPI" value in the info or links panel.
Or you need to adjust Display Performance to High Quality Display in the View Menu (and you can set it in the prefs, too).
Hey there Derek and Peter - thanks so much for getting back to me so quickly! The PPI's for the images are 100, 240 and 181 - the purpose will be A4 printing.
Depends on the printing method, but 180 - 200 effective PPI is about as low as you want to go for digital print, for press 240 - 300. Check the display quality...
The rule of thumb for commercial litho printing on coated stock is 300ppi, though you can probably get away with 200ppi. Briefly, you export your InDesign document to a PDF preset and supply that to your printer, ask them what type of PDF they want. For printing to your desktop office printer select the High Quality Print PDF preset.
The images have the look of being up sampled in Photoshop. Did they come from the web?
Have already increased the display quality to no avail. The person before me seemed to have no issues with this. I hate being so uneducated!!
IN regards to the images - they are purchased stock images that we own and are being uploaded directly from the PC.
Usually I'm pretty tech-savvy to be honest, but given my total of zero experience with graphics and design, I'm feeling a tad overwhelmed with this! I'm sure it's super simple once I get the hang of it.
Open one of the original purchased images in Photoshop and give us the pixel dimensions.
(Image > Image Size)
High resolution doesn't necessarily mean high quality. The images in your capture have the appearance of being sampled down then back up again. A high quality image with an effective resolution of 200ppi should look quite good on screen.
Here the image on the left has an effective res of 200ppi, the middle image has been downsampled to 25% and its effective resolution is 50ppi. The version on the right has been sampled back up and its res is again 200ppi, but it has the symptoms of an upsample—blurred edges and heavy keylining. When an image simply doesn't have enough resolution like the middle version the pixels are visible but crisp:
To clarify - as I mentioned, this document when created by the previous employee was fine, using the same images. I opened the original ID file, to edit the company logo down the bottom, and when opening the document, some, but not all, of the images were fuzzy. I then tried to "simply" re-upload the blurred photo's to no avail.
I recall the document telling me that some of the file links were broken or something along those lines, so I "repaired the links" - this was bazaar because the files were in the same place as they were previously.
Sorry to be such a newbie with this - I know how frustrating it can be.
The dimensions of one of the smallest images that blurs is 292x251 - and that alone is still bigger than the size I actually need.
Another thing I should note is that I only need the images to be very small....here's what the finished product is supposed to look like:
OH. MY. GOD.
The computer.....the computer has been lagging.....I rebooted this morning....tried again....it was initially pixelated again....then I looked away, looked back and saw it come into full focus.
I'm. I'm so sorry guys. I literally can't believe this. I never thought that the computer would be the cause of this.
I'm hoping this is all it was. Will let you know if I eventually get the document finalised.
Thanks again, you've all been amazing.
I've seen this happen when InDesign is short on memory—it won't use the High Quality display even though it is selected.