Quick Tips

Getting Better EPS Previews

Problem: The image looked great in Photoshop, but now that you've converted it to CMYK, saved the file as a TIFF, and placed it into QuarkXPress, InDesign, PageMaker, etc., the image looks awfulâ”way oversaturated and totally whacked. Reason: The preview of CMYK TIFFs just looks like that, so don't freak outâ”if it looked right in Photoshop, it should print fine. Okay, what if you saved the file as an EPS, and when you place the image into your page-layout app, the color of the image looks okay, but it's not crisp and clear, but pixelated. Reason: By default, the preview embedded within EPS images is a lame 256-color preview. Solution: When you choose Save As (from the File menu), choose Photoshop EPS in the Format pop-up menu, and click Save, the EPS Options dialog will appear. In the Preview pop-up menu, choose JPEG. That way, it sends a 24-bit, full-color preview, rather than the lame 256-color preview.



  1. Jerry Bernard 14 August, 2008 at 17:40 Reply

    Excellent tip to share with the masses. I have been using that trick for years. Funny though, I always have to explain to coworkers in the art and prepress department that the jpeg is ONLY for the preview. The high res data is still there and will be sent to the RIP when you print.

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