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.
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.
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 Though someone else said I can also just copy/paste the vector into InDesign & it'd work the same wayy
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.
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.
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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.. >.>