4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 24, 2010 1:29 PM by 33 Steps RSS

    Quality loss exporting jpeg and PDF to jpeg

    33 Steps Community Member

      Mac OS X Version 10.6.2/2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon/Snow Leopard

       

      Creative Suite 3

       

      Trying to get an understanding on why the difference in quality when creating a JPEG from InDesign using 2 different methods.

       

      1st Method (best quality—Sharp & Crisp):
      InDesign/Export JPEG
      Export settings:
      Quality: Maximum
      Format Method: Baseline
      Resolution (ppi): 300
      Open in PhotoShop/ Save as JPEG

       


      2nd Method (looks washed out):
      InDesign/Export PDF [High Quality Print]
      Open PDF and Save As JPEG
      I used default settings except changed
      Conversion:
      Colorspace: RGB
      Resolution: 300 pixels

       

      Thank You to all responding!

        • 1. Re: Quality loss exporting jpeg and PDF to jpeg
          BobLevine CommunityMVP

          If quality is a concern then exporting as PDF is the preferred method.

           

          If you're seeing the opposite you're probably converting to CMYK which would definitely have an effect on the vibrancy of colors.

           

          FWIW, you're the first person I've ever seen report that direct export to JPG as anything more than barely acceptable.

           

          Bob

          • 2. Re: Quality loss exporting jpeg and PDF to jpeg
            Andy_Baz Community Member

            Just thought i might add that i have encountered this same problem and that if i want a high quality jpeg i save as pdf then, open and re-save as jpeg in photoshop.

             

            I never knew my jpeg's weren't top quality until a customer informed that my jpegs were not of as good quality as jpeg's received off other designers they use.

             

            Unfortunately i have no fix for you, but thought it may be of interest to know its not just you!

             

            Andy Barrington

            • 3. Re: Quality loss exporting jpeg and PDF to jpeg
              BobLevine CommunityMVP

              Andy...are you replying to me or the OP?

               

              The OP is finding JPG export superior...and I've doing this a long time and already pointed out that PDF to JPG is the best method.

               

              Bob

              • 4. Re: Quality loss exporting jpeg and PDF to jpeg
                33 Steps Community Member

                Thanks to everyone for their respone. I have been dealing with PDFs, Postscripts, EPS, Tiffs  and JPEGS since 1996 as a sheetfed & Web Prepress Manager using Quark but now, as a production artist using InDesign for 3 years I find things a little different on the InDesign side and by the way I love InDesign. As I said before thanks for your reponses.