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Anyone know why I'm not able to transfer an image I made in Adobe Illustrator to InDesign..?

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KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I'm doing a project for design class [it's basically a brochure; I was making the cover], and I made a vector graphic in Illustrator..I then clicked "Export" & made it a 300-dpi JPEG [it has to be print-quality cause we're printing it]..then went to Illustrator, clicked "Place.." & chose the file..it pasted into InDesign, but it was super pixelated & low-quality o.o ..So I tried to copy it directly from Illustrator & just paste it into InDesign, but it gave me an error message which said "this command would create a large number of page items and would severely degrade performance. Data will be placed as embedded EPS." ..I don't even know what that means..but the image was the same horrible quality as the JPEG I imported.. Then I tried saving it as a PNG & "placing" it into InDesign..same outcome as the JPEG >.< ..gah, I don't know what's wrong..anyone have any idea..? Please helppp
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Black-Allison Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Display options, high quality. They usually leave it on low because it makes working fasting. Just do all the placing, and then change the display for final checks.
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KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Yepp, that's what I did..Thanks though =P
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xzendor7 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Digital Artist
What Was The Dimensions Of The Image You Created In Illustrator.

If You Image Lets Say Was 100px by 100px, And You Imported It Into A 1000px By 1000px Layer In InDesign And InDesign Expanded It To The 1000px Limit It Will Look Pixelated.

Make Sure That Your Image Resolution And DPI Is The Same In Illustrator And InDesign So That You Get What You Want.

Also Make Sure That The Jpeg(jpg) Settings Are Set For Maximum Quality Or Save It As A BMP Or PNG For The Highest Possible Image Quality.
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KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Yeah, I chose max quality on there...but it's all good, I got it figured out..I just didn't know about the display options and how it lowers the quality in order for it to load faster
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mattchee Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The basic answer to your questions is that any raster images in indesign may look pixelated due to your display settings within indesign. They set it up this way because with indesign you might be setting up a 1000 page book, and it would be really taxing on your system resources if all the pictures loaded a full res (plus it would take forever to scroll through pages). You can turn the display settings up and down depending on how closely you want to review it within ID, but if it goes in at 300dpi, and you export with images set to 300dpi, you will get the original quality image.

I second the statements about saving as an EPS and placing that in your document. You could also get away with placing an AI file. I've done that before, packaged up the InDesign file and sent to the print house and never had any complaints from them.

If you want to get really hardcore (or lazy... you decide!), you could just ctrl-c copy your vector image in Illustrator and ctrl-v paste it into InDesign. It will show up as a vector element within InDesign and no linked files to worry about.
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KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Thanks for the info ^.^
& lol that's actually what I ended up doing..just copy & pasted it xD
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Black-Allison Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Don't copy and paste it if you're using a large document which will be edited later. The beauty of placing is that if you change the file later, the file will automatically change in the linked file and you don't have to copy and paste it again.
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KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Yeah, that's pretty cool xD ..I will definitely need to make use of that function some other time..just that it wasn't really necessary there, so copy/paste was fine =P
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KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Interface Designer
...Guess I can't remove this forum..but it's all good now guys, I've figured it out :]
Thanks for the help thoughh ^.^
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weremole Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Save it as an .eps file and then Place that in Indesign.
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KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I looked it up on another website & it said that it's probably my display option..and it was. I had it on loww. Thanks for the suggestion thoughh :]
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nokari Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Still, it's better to use an EPS for a vector illustrator file than converting it to a JPG. You should only use JPG if file size is an issue.
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KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Yeah I realize it's kinda pointless to convert vectors to JPEGS..I just tried it this time cause I wasn't sure how to do it xP
But kk, I will use EPS next time, thanks =p
Though someone else said I can also just copy/paste the vector into InDesign & it'd work the same wayy
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nokari Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
You can do that, but if it's a complex amount of shapes InDesign will automatically want to convert it to EPS anyways.
The benefit of placing a file is that by default it will be a linked file, so you can go back and edit the EPS in Illustrator and it will update in InDesign without you having to replace or copy/paste again.
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KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Ah, that's pretty cool =P ..will definitely need to do that next time thenn..thanks :]
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healthy-addictions Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
It doesn't tend randomly.
The image you place may appear to have a low resolution, depending on your settings. The display setting of an image does not affect final output of the file. To change your image display settings, see Control graphics’ display performance.

Whenever you place or import or drag you have to take in account whether you had a frame selected or none (place and import) and when you drag holding the shift key will keep proportions.

This page will answer your question and more [link]

good luck
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KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Yeah, I actually just looked it up somewhere else before anyone answered..it was just cause of a low display setting. I get it noww. Thanks for the help thoughh ^.^
..should probably take this forum off noww.. >.>
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healthy-addictions Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
bummer,, I'll take out the points I added to my score card since you fixed it before I replied but still good game
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KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Hahah aww, that's not necessary. I'd still give you points =P
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healthy-addictions Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Pity points aren't worth as much but still ;p
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KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Haha they're not pity points, they're points for correct advice =P
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healthy-addictions Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Now your the one who earns a point, a niceness point :P
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KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Hahah idkk..people seem to think that's annoying actuallyy :P lol
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TakemaKei Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
indesign tend to do that. but when u export it and print it it looks fine.
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KatieConfusion Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Yeah, I just looked it up myself..it's apparently just the display options because it's trying to not make your comp slow down..
..so yes, time to delete this forummm..
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