> Hi Using Page Maker 6.5 and Photoshop 7 on XP. When I "Place" a high res
> JPEG image intp a PM project the image is very pixelated .. I have tries
> converting to a TIF but get the same results. The Hi res file can be around
> 1 meg .. Larger files make no difference .. Any ideas?
NEVER EVER use JPEG's for anything except the web/email - ALWAYS use
TIFF or EPS for PageMaker and it'll be much happier (and so will any
professional printer the document goes to for printing).
NEVER copy / paste images INTO PageMaker - ALWAYS use the Place command
in the File menu. Once it's in PageMaker you can copy / paste to get
multiple copies if needed.
NEVER enlarge bitmap graphics in PageMaker to above 100% size - unless
you're going for the pixellated design effect.
Now, back to the problem at hand. Is the image just pixellated
on-screen or does it print pixellated too??
If it's just on-screen, then check the settings in PageMaker's
Preferences > General. The preferences can be set to display on-screen
'gray out'- images will be represented by grey boxes,
'standard' - useful for faster screen refreshing when moving
around the document (especially on slow computers),
or 'high resolution' - the full resolution of the image (sort of).
But these preferences only affect the on-screen display, not the actual
printing of the images.
If the problem is still there when printing, the check the options in
the print window (when using a Postscript printer) to be sure you're
NOT just printing 'for position' graphics which uses the low-res
preview. Use the the 'optimised' option or even better the other option
(not the 'Omit graphics' option obviously - sorry I don't have a
PageMaker on this computer to check what the wording says).
If it's a linked image file (rather than embedded), then deleting or
moving the original image file will mean that PageMaker can't find it
to send to the printer, and so sends the stored low-res preview version
instead. If you've moved the original file, then PageMaker will ask you
to find it when you re-open the document or you can click on the image,
choose 'Link Info' from the Element menu and re-link the image to the
Unless there's a problem with the image itself or you've enlarged it in
PageMaker, that should make it print properly.
Note: JPEG uses a compression system that throws out some data to make
a smaller file, so saving images as JPEG will loose data and in heavy
compression settings it can cause bad pixellation to be visible. If
you've already saved the image as a JPEG, then the damage has been done
and can't be undone - you'll need to rescan / recreate the original.
"Just trying to help whenever I can." :o)