11 Replies Latest reply on Mar 1, 2012 3:51 PM by Arrow'd

    Placed logos pixelated in CS5

    Arrow'd

      Around my creative department we've noticed some abnormal behavior from placed graphics.

       

      We have a library of Photoshop logos that we place in our packaging files. If we place the logo at 100%, when we export out the InDesign file as a PDF it looks good.

      However, if we scale the logo even a slight amount the logo develops ridiculously irregular edges on the PDF export.

       

      Here are the details:

      When we make a logo, we save out a set of various sizes (6 inch, 5 inch, 4 inch, etc.)  so that if a logo is scaled more than 20% (up or down) the designer switches to the next size logo instead.

      Back when we were running CS3 we would export a file as an EPS, and use Distiller to convert it to a PDF since direct export caused unwanted color shifts.

      After switching to CS4, we were able to take advantage of the direct export to PDF and abandoned the EPS/Distiller conversion.

      Now with CS5, the direct export is fouling up the placed graphics. We tested an EPS/Distiller conversion and that seems to work for the logos but now there's a color shift if we go that route.

       

      Caveat:

      Due to  contract stipulations between my company and Adobe we are prohibited from switching back to CS4.

      Placing the logos in Photoshop isn't really an option either since once a file is printed, we'll translate it into 9 more languages and changing links for the logos is far easier and faster than rebuilding the entire Photoshop background.

       

      Here's an example:

      The top logo is placed at 100%, the bottom logo is scaled down 15%. Notice the stroke inside and outside the letters.

      http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/2296/comparisonm.jpg

       

      Any help would be appreciated.