Re: Does InDesign change image format like Word does?

Subject: Re: Does InDesign change image format like Word does?
From: "Kathleen MacDowell" <kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com>
To: "Joanne Wittenbrook" <jwittenbrook -at- ameritech -dot- net>
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2007 19:35:52 -0600

Thanks, Joanne, great information. Are you saying that jpg and tiff are
better resolution and for InDesign?

On 3/9/07, Joanne Wittenbrook <jwittenbrook -at- ameritech -dot- net> wrote:
> ----------------------------------
> >I can't answer your questions in general, but from experience, InDesign
> >seems to like .eps files better than .bmp. So you might save the Snagit
> >file
> >before importing it into InDesign.
> ---------------------------------------------
> No. Word is an Office program, designed for people who are not going to
> take a document to an actual printing press. Office programs use the RGB
> color space because monitors use it and most office printers translate it on
> output. In the average business application, color accuracy is not a
> concern. The goal is pleasing and bright color.
> InDesign is a page layout program. The usual work flow is for the images
> and text to be created in other programs. Illustrator or Photoshop for
> images, word processors for text. The content is imported into frames in
> InDesign for formatting and manipulating, pagination, indexing etc.
> BMP is a pretty old format. To have enough resolution to successfully
> print, it will be a large file. JPEGs or TIFFs have a greater capacity to
> compress color information and are less likely to degrade the color quality.
> Programs like InDesign are set up for using the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow,
> black) color space because that is the ink colors used by an offset press to
> print color.
> InDesign does not "change" images. It is designed for an end user that
> understands graphic arts and printing. Frequently InDesign users will import
> a low resolution image for position to keep file size down while they are
> designing. When the file goes to the printer the high resolution image is
> sent with it and swapped into the file during prepress operations.
> The basic Microsoft suite is designed for the Office user with no
> particular expertise in print or color management. Microsoft makes the
> decision on image format for you because they assume you are not concerned
> with that aspect of the document.
> Joanne
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> --
> Kathleen MacDowell

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