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Chapter 9. Pictures > Enlarge or shrink?

Enlarge or shrink?

Scaling a bitmap picture in XPress affects its output resolution. Shrink a bitmap picture in XPress, its output resolution will increase; enlarge a bitmap picture, its output resolution will decrease. Here's an example: Take a 150 ppi image and shrink it by half. It's ppi will increase to 300. Why should you bother to pay attention to this? Because enlarging a bitmapped picture above 100% in QuarkXPress will diminish its print quality. A vector-based image (i.e. an Illustrator EPS) won't be degraded in quality if it's enlarged in XPress, but it may take longer to print. And if you shrink a picture down significantly, its file size will be much larger than required and it will also take longer to print. So the moral of the story is…plan ahead.

Looks Like Greek To You

To speed up screen redraw, turn on Greek Pictures in Edit menu > Preferences > Document > General folder tab (Ctrl-Y). Greeked pictures look solid gray on screen, but they print normally. To display a greeked picture, just click on it.



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