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Old 05-30-2012, 08:15 AM   #1
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I am working on a catalog in ID CS3. The images are largely TIFFs (because this job was done in Corel Draw, which does not really understand PSDs) with clipping paths used to remove the background. In most cases the path was used to make a selection mask.

When I place these in ID, the mask is used to create transparency. It appears that ID is taking the mask and converting it into a path that can be further manipulated in ID. Why does ID not use the original path in the file?

In one image, the re-created path is wrong. Path lines that should be straight have large curves that cut into the image.

Has anyone seen this behavior?

Before posting this, I did some testing: If I save the file as PSD and choose the image mask, the placement yields what I want, WITHOUT the ID-created path. I don't see a way to get ID to use the path from Photoshop at all.

Is my most reliable option to re-save all these images as PSDs?
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:08 AM   #2
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It's been a long time both since I did any work in ID and with paths and...I used PSDs when I did it and never had any problems the clipping paths so I guess I'm not much help...'-}}

But from what you've found it sounds the TIFF has something embedded in it that mucks up ID's pathing recognition. Do you know how the TIFFs were saved? I'm not sure what, if any, options CorelDraw offers when saving as TIFF but if you have it available, it might be worth checking?

I'd probably just go ahead and save as PSDs...

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All the work was done in Photoshop and (I just remembered) saved as PSD. Just found that folder. They were re-saved as TIF for import into Draw. I'll have to do some comparisons, but I may be able to simply copy those PSDs and use them The issue is that I don't know if I made changes to the TIFs after that conversion. That was three years ago....
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Isn't it wonderful to be anal...'-}}

I'm curious what you will find when you have a chance to do some comparisons...I later remembered doing clipping paths for some images a friend of mine was going to be using in a tack catalogue and I think I have backup CDs of the work. If I get a chance, I'll see if I can find the CDs to see how I saved the images--the images I posted about before were my own images and I know they were PSDs but I'm not positive the tack catalogue images were PSDs...

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I've never quite understood the restrictions which InDesign puts on placed graphics, but - like you - I've found that it's better to use a layered PSD without the background unless you want a white rectangle.

Other irritations include the inability to recolour placed greyscale tiffs (but black-and-white ones work ok). I haven't yet bitten the bullet and upgraded to CS6, though.

   
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