EPS is no longer a recommended format for use with InDesign. Since these files have some vector content as well as raster, save as Photoshop PDF and see if it helps.
- Never use EPS in InDesign, it is an old outdated file type. Avoid postscript as it does neither support transparency nor color management.
- The preview in InDesign depends on the embedded preview and the preview settings in InDesign.
- Don't use CMYK files. Use RGB files instead. Convert them upon output as PDF or leave them even there as RGB when you export PDF/X-4 for print.
Use PSD when transparency is used.
Use PDF when text or vector layers are included.
Use JPG with high quality with photos without layers or transparency.
Thank you, Peter.
I am going to research this a bit more online now. Unfortunately we have a massive product photo library, and for years our "rules" have been to save a CMYK .eps file with a clipping path (flattened) from Photoshop so that it could be placed in InDesign and Illustrator (for various things: packaging, flyers, catalogs, etc.).
We are an in-house graphics department with very short turn-around times and high-volume work load. Most of our packaging standards require images of the product, clipped to the edges with no background... Yet I'm afraid using layered PSD files with removed backgrounds will increase the artwork file size. We have a decent size server to support our library, but with so many sku's (and growing) it would be ideal to save one file to be used for print material with a clipping path (rather than multiple versions of the same photo for different programs).
Since the clipping path is essential for us, does the Photoshop PDF format work well with Illustrator, too? Are TIFF files a good option?
Thank you very much for your time and help!
The PDF should present no problem for Illustrator, and while .tif won't preserve your vector content (and that means your text will be less legible), I'm confident it will give you less trouble than .eps in InDesign.
RGB would decrease the file size compared to CMYK and increase flexibility and quality.
Clipping paths could also be embedded into JPG files. Less file size than EPS.
You should not follow your ancient workflows from the 90s, as we live in 2015!