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    Hey guys!
    I'm just getting back into Print again after a couple of years doing web design, and have just got Quark 7. Anyhow I'm not 100% sure which images import best - any ideas? I imported a JPEG but it would only scale down to a certain size before it would not scale to fit the picture box.

    I've tried EPS files but they turn out rubbish on print (unless im doing something wrong) and it's the same with TIFFS. I'm using Illustrator to create the files before exporting them. Is photoshop the best program to use? Any help would be a massive help!! please!! I hate being out of the game for a while - you lose track of everything!

    Many Thanks!!
    Diego

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    For bitmap based images, tifs are preferred as they aren't a lossy format like jpeg. (Each time a jpg is saved it loses some image data.)

    Quark can only scale an image down to 10%. After that you'll have to reopen the image in PhotoShop and resize manually. One thing that could be making your images overly large in Quark is if you're bring them in at 72 dpi. As a general rule of thumb you'll want to be working with 300 dpi images.

    Quark prints poorly to non-Postscript printers. For vector images placed in Quark, eps format is the way to go. Otherwise you should be using PhotoShop. The only time you would want to save a bitmap based image as an eps is if it's a PhotoShop duotone image.

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    • #3
      For bitmap images use Photoshop, use tiffs or eps, preferably tiffs.

      For vector images use Illustrator and save them as eps - an illustrator eps is different to photoshop eps, also , don't open the illustrator eps in photoshop.

      I'm not sure if Quark will import PDFs ok.


      The reason they are printing badly could be down to either your printer itself - being postscript or non-postscript can cause bad looking images.


      If you are exporting from Illustrator make sure your Document Raster Effects are set to 300 dpi or higher.

      Make sure you're exporting your images at 300 dpi. If it's line art make sure it's 1200 dpi.


      If it's still printing out bad, the print the file to a postscript and open Acrobat Distiller (if you have it) and then create a PDF using one of the high quality settings and see if you can print that with improvements to quality.

      If the quality is still bad it's probably because the images are poor quality.

      I'm sure others will have more insight, I haven't used Quark in about 4 years.

      InDesign is my friend.

      "May your hats fly as high as your dreams"Michael Scott

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      • #4
        @Yossarian - SNAP!

        "May your hats fly as high as your dreams"Michael Scott

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        • #5
          LOL. Eugene did you just snap me in the bum?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Yossarian View Post
            LOL. Eugene did you just snap me in the bum?
            A gentleman would never do that, just as a gentleman would never wear his jetpack inside.

            "May your hats fly as high as your dreams"Michael Scott

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            • #7
              Originally posted by eugenetyson View Post
              I'm not sure if Quark will import PDFs ok.

              It will in my experience thus far.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by artgem1984 View Post
                It will in my experience thus far.

                Is it exporting or printing to pdf - is what my query was

                In InDesign you can export OR print to pdf. I'm not quite sure I remember about Quark. I just remember it was a PITA to make a decent pdf.

                "May your hats fly as high as your dreams"Michael Scott

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                • #9
                  One other point about images printing poorly from Quark is to make sure your images are linked and updated from a modification, if not they will print poorly. You can place pdfs in Quark 7. I always print to ps and distill all Quark to pdf files, regardless. However, I do export out of Indy with no issues.
                  WYSIWYG

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by eugenetyson View Post
                    Is it exporting or printing to pdf - is what my query was

                    In InDesign you can export OR print to pdf. I'm not quite sure I remember about Quark. I just remember it was a PITA to make a decent pdf.
                    I see, I read it as how PDF's import into Quark! Oops.

                    I agree with above for Quark - I always print and distill, I've had minimum of problems this way (any issues that come up tend to be my own fault - like I've clicked separations or something) and it's always best to check your links in utilities before you do so.

                    Also I export to PDF using InDesign, with no issues.

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                    • #11
                      I dumped Quark a year or so ago so the last version I used was 6.something. To make pdf files I had to export as .eps and then create pdf's from that in Acrobat. PITA but that may have been addressed in later Quark versions.

                      InDesign rocks my world now.
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                      • #12
                        If I'm going to use distiller I'll export as a .ps (postscript) out of Quark.

                        However, I print straight to PDF from Quark all the time with no problem.
                        Ned Yeung, A.C.E.
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                        • #13
                          I do same as NED use .ps out of Quark or print as pdf not really prob....

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                          • #14
                            Sometimes Quark will sit there generating a PS, blue bar slowly creeping forward, only for no actual PS file to exist in the output folder, and half an hour wasted.

                            Since then Ive been using the Export to PDF feature, which seems to work without issues.

                            Or I can just use Indesign which never makes ghost PDFs.

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                            • #15
                              This thing about quark not changing an image less than 10%. Where is that coming from?
                              When we do large format in Quark, we work in scale. I've placed images at 50% or less at times. Granted, images are usually .eps format if scaling but still...

                              Quark has a stupid habit of not relaying all of the information in a tif at scale (unless you manually tell it to). Is that where the 10% thing comes from?

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