# RE: Importing clear, sharp images

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When speaking of raster images, the resolution is the *number* of pixels. It is
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What Richard is saying is precisely the advice you've always heard. The
resolution--the number of pixels--should always remain the same for the best
results. Changing the reproduced size changes the pixel *pitch* but does not
change the *number* of pixels. The thing you do *not* want to do is resample
the image to change the number of pixels (the resolution); this *always*
degrades the quality of the image, anthough the degree of degradation can vary
widely depending on the ratio of the two resolutions and the algorithm being
used for the resampling or downsampling.

And getting the size correct is actually very simple as long as you know how to
use a calculator. If you have an image that is 1328 pixels wide, and you need
it to fit in a frame that is 3.25 inches wide, you need to set the dpi (the
pixel pitch) to 1328/3.25 ≈ 409. In this case you can actually set the size
with 0.25% (one part in 400) accuracy.

-Fred Ridder

From: tp...@telecomsys.com
To: richard.co...@polycom.com; framers@lists.frameusers.com
Subject: RE: Importing clear, sharp images
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:30:04 +0000

OK this is very interesting. I was under the assumption that you should keep
the resolution of the picture at the resolution of the screen, and then import
it in also at that resolution.
I was not aware that changing the import resolution was advisable.

Off top of my head this seems like it would be difficult to get just the right
resolution on the first try giving a particular anchored frame size. Do you
have some clever method for getting the resolution right the first time?

Tim

From: Combs, Richard (CW) [richard.co...@polycom.com]

Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 2:24 PM

To: Tim Pann; framers

Subject: RE: Importing clear, sharp images

Don’t resize your screen captures! Save as PNG exactly as captured. When you
import them into FM, specify the appropriate DPI setting to make them the size
you want on the page.

From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com
[mailto:framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com]
On Behalf Of Tim Pann

Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 3:11 PM

To: framers

Subject: Importing clear, sharp images

I'm using Frame 9 on Windows 7. And my apologies if this has been covered and

Can anyone point me toward a good resource (or just tell me if it's quick) for
understanding how to get nice sharp images imported by reference in FrameMaker?
I'm working
on a doc right now in which I'm mostly importing PSD files. They're all screen
captures of a user interface. I have to resize most of them and they're looking
pretty choppy. I switched to a TIF image for one and that didn't help.

I know that TIFF is the preferred format (not sure about PSD but many of my PSD
imports look nice) but I don't know if there are specific guidelines or
resolution, resizing once imported, etc.

what's relevant and what's not.

Thank you,

Tim

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