Adobe InDesign: Why Do my Images Look So Bad?

by Barb Binder in Rocky Mountain Training

No one wants to see a low-resolution, pixelated image in their InDesign layout, but it happens all the time.

There are three primary reasons why:

  1. You placed a low-resolution file into your layout. Remember the rule of thumb for color or grayscale images that are intended for print on large commercial printers: scan at a resolution of 1.5 to 2 times the screen frequency used by the printer. For example, if your output device uses a screen frequency of 133 lpi (lines per inch), then your image should be between 200 and 266 ppi (pixels per inch). You can view the resolution of your placed file by selecting it’s name in the Links panel and checking the resolution settings:

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