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15 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 realized that they really couldn't trust what they saw on the screen. Now InDesign makes WYSIWYG a reality, because you really can start to trust your monitor again, but you have to know how to manage InDesign's Display Options. Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to use my Zoom tool shortcut which is Command+Spacebar on the Mac or Ctrl+Spacebar on Windows and I'm going to zoom in on this logo. Right away we see that this thing looks cruddy.
I can't read the text very well, I can't really tell what's going on in the graphic, it's just not very useful, but you need to print this thing out on a laser printer in order to see it in good quality, absolutely not, because InDesign can show you high quality but only if you tell it to. To do that, go to the View menu choose Display Performance and then change from Typical to High Quality Display. Much better, now Typical is great because it's fast. If you're on a slower machine, you probably want to be in Typical most of the time, because it'll keep things moving quickly.
If you're on a screaming fast machine or you really need to pay attention to the quality of the graphics all the time, go ahead and set it to high-quality and leave it set that way. When you're in high-quality display, you can zoom in and in and in. For example, there is 1300%, zoom in even more, there is 4000% and I can still see nice sharp lines. It's like there is a whole high-end rip built into InDesign so that no matter what zoom percentage you're at, you always see the highest quality. And it's not just for vector images either, this works for pixel images too, raster images.
I'll hold down Option+Spacebar or Alt+Spacebar on Windows, click down the mouse for a moment so I can get my power zoom, and I'm going to zoom over here to look at this image. When I let go, it zooms back to 4000% and I can see real pixels. These are exactly the same pixels as I would see in Photoshop. It's high-quality display, high-resolution display. Now, if I go back and switch to Typical Display, everything is going to be much faster, but we're going to see a much rougher version of these pixels.
Everything is low resolution, 72dpi. Knowing what you're looking at is key to being efficient in InDesign and it lets you make the right design choices without having to print a lot of proofs. There are a few more ways to adjust how InDesign displays your document too, which is what I'm going to cover in the next movie.
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