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Chapter 9. Pictures > Picture Management

Picture Management

Possibly the worst nightmare of a desktop publisher is arriving at the local service bureau to pick up 300 pages of film-negative output, only to see that every illustration has come out as a low-resolution bitmap. Throwing away a thousand dollars is one way to learn some basics of picture management. Reading this section is another.

To Represent

The verb “to represent” means “to stand in place for” or “to act as a placeholder.” It's important to note that QuarkXPress represents high-resolution images (including TIFF and EPS files) as low-resolution pictures on screen when you import them using Get Picture. When it's time to print, QuarkXPress searches for the original high-resolution images and uses them instead of the low-resolution images. It looks first in the folder where the document was originally imported from, then in the same folder as the document you're printing, and then, strangely enough, in the Macintosh System Folder. If QuarkXPress is successful in this search, your output will look beautiful. If it cannot find the original, it uses the bitmapped 36- or 72-dpi representation for printing. In this case, your output will look ugly.


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