7 Replies Latest reply on Dec 14, 2017 2:46 PM by rayek.elfin

    Photoshop image distorts when placed into InDesign

    BellyBuckle9

      Hi all.

       

      I'm posting here because I feel the issue is with the Photoshop file in question, and not InDesign.


      A video editor gave me screen grabs of a talk show. When I opened the grabs, they all had [scaled] as part of their title. This is not in the actual file name, only when I open the file (see attached). The [scaled] even appears when I Save As and call it something else! Not sure how this came about. The videographer isn't even sure!

       

      However, the photos all look proportionate within Photoshop. It's when I import them into InDesign that they appear distorted.

       

      Also, when the files are previewed in my Finder and in the Recent Files window within Photoshop, they are distorted.

       

      scaled.png

       

      Any thoughts?

       

      B.

        • 1. Re: Photoshop image distorts when placed into InDesign
          WILDCAT54 Level 4

          How are you placing these images into inDesign?

          You have to actually place images so that they're linked. CTRL+D or File>Place

           

          Also, inDesign does not show jpgs or any other images created outside of inDesign at full resolution. Export your indd document as a PDF and you'll see your images look as they should.

          • 2. Re: Photoshop image distorts when placed into InDesign
            Semaphoric Adobe Community Professional

            This is because video frequently uses non-square pixels. You can see (and change) what the pixel aspect ratio is in View > Pixel Aspect Ratio, and you can turn off the scaling with View > Pixel Aspect Ratio Correction.

            • 3. Re: Photoshop image distorts when placed into InDesign
              Chuck Uebele Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Yes, as Semaphoric mentioned, that's due to the aspect pixel ratio. Unfortunately, I can see no way of embedding that into the image. Only way I can think of doing it is to resize the image based on the pixel ratio, which should show if you go to the view menu. Say it says the ration is 1.2. So, turn off the pixel aspect ration, go to resize image and uncheck the linked option. Change the scale to percent and type in 120 into the width.

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              • 4. Re: Photoshop image distorts when placed into InDesign
                BellyBuckle9 Level 1

                Thanks to both of you.

                 

                I am actually using the "Place" command in InDesign

                 

                Semaphoric, I think your answer is closest to solving my problem. However, Pixel Aspect Ratio Correction is already selected on the jpegs from the videographer. When I deslect it, the [scaled] disappears from the title, but the image looks squished within Photoshop!

                 

                And if I select any of the Pixel Aspect Ratio options, it just stretches it in various ways and adds that [scaled] back to the titie.

                 

                Hmmm.

                 

                I just asked the videographer and he said he exported  out of Premiere's build in Export screen grab feature, and that when he opened them in Photoshop, it was adjusting the pixel ratio automatically.

                 

                I guess there is no other way around this, right now, but to "stretch the images manually within InDesign.

                 

                B

                • 5. Re: Photoshop image distorts when placed into InDesign
                  Conrad C Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  WILDCAT54  wrote

                  Also, inDesign does not show jpgs or any other images created outside of inDesign at full resolution. Export your indd document as a PDF and you'll see your images look as they should.

                  InDesign can show placed images at full resolution, if you choose View > Display Performance > High Quality Display. InDesign only seems to show images at low resolution because it defaults to Typical Display. (The third option, Fast Display, displays proxies in place of images.)

                   

                  Also, the problem in this thread happens even if the images are placed, since it's related to the pixel aspect ratio in the image file.

                  • 7. Re: Photoshop image distorts when placed into InDesign
                    rayek.elfin Level 4

                    BellyBuckle9  wrote

                     

                    I guess there is no other way around this, right now, but to "stretch the images manually within InDesign.

                     

                    B

                    No, of course not. Create an action in Photoshop to scale your image non-proportionally to 1920x1080, and then run a batch command on the folder with your images. Done. Place in InDesign.

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