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Setting the view quality of artwork

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Video: Setting the view quality of artwork

15 or 20 years ago a lot of people talked about the term WYSIWYG. What you see is what you get. But the word fell out of favor after people started to realize that they really couldn't trust what they saw on screen. Now InDesign makes WYSIWYG a reality because you can really trust your monitor. But you have to know how to manage InDesign's display options. Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to zoom in down here on what I know is a vector image. This is an image from Illustrator, I know these are very sharp edges but if I zoom in a little bit more you'll see these are all pixelated. That's not right.

Setting the view quality of artwork

15 or 20 years ago a lot of people talked about the term WYSIWYG. What you see is what you get. But the word fell out of favor after people started to realize that they really couldn't trust what they saw on screen. Now InDesign makes WYSIWYG a reality because you can really trust your monitor. But you have to know how to manage InDesign's display options. Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to zoom in down here on what I know is a vector image. This is an image from Illustrator, I know these are very sharp edges but if I zoom in a little bit more you'll see these are all pixelated. That's not right.

That's not what it's supposed to look like and it's certainly not what it looks like when I print it on my PostScript printer. So what's wrong? Why is InDesign not showing me these images accurately? Well, it's because I haven't told it to yet and I can tell it to show me the accurate images by going to the View menu and choosing from the Display Performance submenu. Right now it's set to Typical Display. I could change this to Fast Display if I want, but that of course just makes all my images go grey, so I don't know why you'd want to do that. I never work in that Display Performance setting.

Instead of Fast or Typical, you can also choose High Quality Display. And High Quality Display is much better. Look at that. Nice sharp edges. All the vectors are truly vectors. In fact even if I zoom in really, really close, you can see that no matter how close I go, they still show up as nice clean edges because that is what vector artwork is all about. So High Quality Display is great for vector. It's also great for pixel images, raster images, like this image from Photoshop in the background. You may still be able to see little pixels in here, but believe me, those are actual pixels.

We're seeing the true pixels. If I open that image in Photoshop, I would see exactly the same quality. So it can't get any better than that. If I go back to View and set this back to Typical Display, then everything gets really rough. We get low resolution pixels and low-resolution vectors. Now I could work in High Quality Display Mode, if I want to. There's nothing stopping me, except for one thing and that is Display Performance. You'll here that these settings actually live inside a submenu called Display Performance, and that's for a reason: because these affect your performance.

It's all about how fast InDesign will work. If you're on a super-fast machine, then sure, go ahead and work in High Quality Display. But if you're working on our average, run of the mill machine, you're probably going to work in Typical Display and then only switch to High Quality when you really want to see the best quality, especially if your document has a lot of images, and especially if it has a lot of high resolution pixel images, because that's what really bogs it down the most. I'm going to switch back to High Quality Display, because I'm working on a reasonably fast machine, and I'll zoom back here with Command+Minus, or Ctrl+Minus on Windows, just to see a little bit more of this document, and pan down with my Grabber Hand shortcut.

I just want to show you one other feature in InDesign that radically affects how accurate your screen display is. Now, you see this big orange box behind the image. I happen to know that that is not what this is supposed to look like. I'm supposed to be able to see through this orange to the image behind it. But I cannot see that on the screen. Why? Well, first I'll check to make sure that I'm in High Quality Display. Yes I am. Then I think, wait a minute, there's one other feature that controls the quality and that is this thing right at the top of the View menu called Overprint Preview.

Now, Overprint Preview controls a lot of things. They shouldn't just call it Overprint Preview, Adobe should have called it make the screen look better feature, but they didn't. They just called it Overprint Preview. So it's a little bit cryptic. But I'm telling you that what this does is it makes everything more accurate. And when you turn that on, you can actually see things more accurately. In this case, this orange frame, which was set to Overprint, actually becomes overprinting, we can actually see through it. So that's a big step-forward in being able to trust what we see on screen. Once again you can work while Overprint Preview is turned on, nothing stopping you, but it does slow you down a little bit.

So try it out, see if it's working. If it's too slow then go ahead and turn it off and just turn it on when you need an accurate proof. You know, knowing what you're looking at is key being efficient InDesign, it really lets you make the right design choices without having to print lots of proofs.

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InDesign CS5 Essential Training

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  1. 5m 50s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. What is InDesign CS5?
      2m 26s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 51s
  2. 54m 49s
    1. Understanding the Application window
      6m 0s
    2. Navigating pages
      6m 39s
    3. Zooming and magnifying
      6m 57s
    4. Managing more than one document window
      3m 36s
    5. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 9s
    6. Positioning panels correctly
      6m 28s
    7. Saving time by making workspaces
      3m 24s
    8. Setting the view quality of artwork
      4m 9s
    9. Adjusting View and Preview settings
      4m 56s
    10. Rotating pages and spreads
      3m 2s
    11. Displaying a new view with the New Window feature
      3m 29s
    12. Setting application and document preferences
      4m 0s
  3. 21m 31s
    1. Using the Tool panel
      8m 1s
    2. Learning and editing keyboard shortcuts
      6m 24s
    3. Working with spring-loaded tool shortcuts
      1m 17s
    4. Using contextual menus
      2m 51s
    5. Choosing menu items with Quick Apply
      2m 58s
  4. 45m 25s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 28s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      3m 41s
    3. Using multiple Undo and Revert
      4m 28s
    4. Setting margin and column guides
      5m 16s
    5. Using ruler guides
      8m 10s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 29s
    7. Saving objects in libraries
      4m 49s
    8. Exporting and importing page snippets
      4m 29s
    9. Saving for CS4 with IDML
      2m 35s
  5. 31m 18s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      7m 23s
    2. Changing page size
      6m 14s
    3. Adding page numbering
      3m 43s
    4. Changing page numbering with sections
      5m 58s
    5. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 20s
    6. Overriding master page items
      2m 40s
  6. 1h 21m
    1. Understanding text frames
      4m 6s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 36s
    3. Filling with placeholder text
      2m 38s
    4. Inserting special characters
      4m 43s
    5. Importing text
      7m 49s
    6. Threading text frames
      4m 1s
    7. Setting text frame columns and insets
      6m 32s
    8. Setting vertical justification and first baseline position
      6m 9s
    9. Putting text on a path
      6m 51s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      8m 43s
    11. Checking spelling
      7m 42s
    12. Using Find/Change
      9m 25s
    13. Tracking text changes
      8m 1s
  7. 49m 50s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 11s
    2. Importing from Mini Bridge
      5m 27s
    3. Using the Links panel
      6m 34s
    4. Embedding links
      2m 37s
    5. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 14s
    6. Fitting graphics to a frame
      6m 12s
    7. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 53s
    8. Adding live captions
      5m 56s
    9. Colorizing images
      2m 1s
    10. Turning image layers on and off
      4m 45s
  8. 46m 15s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 32s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      8m 18s
    3. Using advanced strokes
      3m 28s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 38s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      6m 41s
    6. Applying feathering
      4m 25s
    7. Copying formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      4m 35s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 50s
    9. Making polygons and starbursts
      3m 48s
  9. 22m 56s
    1. Making interactive documents
      2m 6s
    2. Adding hyperlinks
      5m 52s
    3. Building bookmarks
      3m 38s
    4. Creating buttons
      8m 57s
    5. Animating an object
      2m 23s
  10. 23m 29s
    1. Creating color swatches
      5m 52s
    2. The danger and power of unnamed colors
      4m 47s
    3. Building tint swatches
      2m 18s
    4. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 56s
    5. Applying gradients
      6m 36s
  11. 50m 0s
    1. Positioning objects with the Page Gap tool
      2m 53s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 13s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      3m 53s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 37s
    5. Nesting objects
      2m 46s
    6. Editing frame and path shapes
      4m 6s
    7. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      3m 57s
    8. Grouping objects
      3m 14s
    9. Locking objects
      2m 39s
    10. Aligning and distributing
      5m 43s
    11. Understanding text wrap
      8m 13s
    12. Using anchored objects
      6m 46s
  12. 18m 49s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 39s
    2. Rotating objects
      3m 3s
    3. Scaling objects
      3m 57s
    4. Mirroring objects
      3m 46s
    5. Using the Transform Again feature
      2m 24s
  13. 25m 52s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 8s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 54s
    3. Changing case
      2m 51s
    4. Understanding OpenType features
      3m 19s
    5. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      3m 18s
    6. Using Find Font
      4m 22s
  14. 45m 27s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 14s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      3m 5s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      2m 1s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 16s
    5. Adjusting text hyphenation
      3m 21s
    6. Fine-tuning justified text
      4m 19s
    7. Setting tabs
      5m 54s
    8. Aligning to a baseline grid
      4m 24s
    9. Controlling orphans and widows with Keep Options
      2m 39s
    10. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 14s
    11. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 39s
    12. Working with numbered lists
      4m 21s
  15. 31m 3s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 34s
    2. Using character styles
      5m 43s
    3. Applying styles automatically with Nested Styles
      7m 19s
    4. Using object styles
      3m 27s
    5. Using Quick Apply with styles
      2m 49s
    6. Cleaning up a local formatting mess
      5m 11s
  16. 37m 0s
    1. Creating a table
      5m 54s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      6m 35s
    3. Formatting a table
      8m 5s
    4. Adding headers and footers
      1m 58s
    5. Applying table styles
      5m 32s
    6. Adding Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 56s
  17. 10m 26s
    1. Checking your document with the Preflight panel
      2m 54s
    2. Creating a custom preflight profile
      4m 45s
    3. Checking color with the Separations Preview
      2m 47s
  18. 31m 7s
    1. Packaging for output
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Print dialog box
      10m 22s
    3. Exporting a PDF
      8m 47s
    4. Exporting an interactive PDF
      3m 59s
    5. Exporting text
      1m 36s
    6. Exporting SWF files
      2m 10s
  19. 1m 32s
    1. Finding more information and help
      1m 12s
    2. Goodbye
      20s

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