In Indesign all you see is a preview of your images, it's a low quality proxy used only for layout purposes.
You can however get a better preview by selecting view->display performance -> high quality display. But it will still not be as good as what you see in photoshop. Don't despair though. As long as you don't have any missing or modified links in your links palette, your images will print like you see them in PS (or as close as it is possible to get).
Maybe you should read up on colour management...?
What a relief! I do view images as high quality display in ID but didn't realize that even then you don't get a one-to-one representation of the Photoshop result.
Even as I sigh with relief, I wish it worked a bit better...only because I do a lot of color-related work in ID itself that's always connected to the image on the page.
Anyway, this is good news... and thanks so much for your response.
Thanks, but this has nothing to do with color management (I keep my profiles synced in all programs). There's a discrepancy in the way Photoshop and ID display images on the screen. I wasn't aware of this before.
Ok, most of the times I get this question because when some effect or transparency is applied anywhere on the page, RGB images are displayed in CMYK 'preview'. Good to read you know your stuff ;-)
There's a discrepancy in the way Photoshop and ID display images on the screen. I wasn't aware of this before.
If your display performance is set at High Quality there's no significant difference in the way color is displayed between PS and ID. The screen capture linked below shows a CMYK file with no profile assigned, side by side in ID and PS. The ID file has no profile assigned and the CMYK Working Spaces are the same for both programs:
You can check the RGB values of the screen capture in Photoshop and there is virtually no difference—I could only find an occasional 1 gray level in 1 channel shift.
If you are seeing a color change with a High Quality display setting then chances are you have a color management issue.
Syncing your Color Settings doesn't guarantee matching color between the programs because you are just syncing the program's Working Spaces, and they don't necessarily color manage the documents (assigned profiles override the Working Space). If you are assigning profiles in PS, the assigned profiles need to match your ID doc's assigned profile (which could be different then the ID Working Space)