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I've been trying to import a TIF file into a CS doent; I keep running into unwanted cropping of the image. File's fine in PSCS, but in Illustrator keeps coming in too narrow. Original file is 336" wide 100 ppi; imported as is, it comes in at 227". Tried making it 200 ppi & 168" wide, so it comes in now at 163-something. Admittedly this is a LARGE (like, 1Gb) image file, but I'm doing a 28' wide, 9' high mural for a museum display & want to keep the 100ppi res, if at all possible. G5/2x2Gb, 2.5Gb RAM, OS ...

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    Default Bitmap import limit in IL CS?

    I've been trying to import a TIF file into a CS doent; I keep running into unwanted cropping of the image.

    File's fine in PSCS, but in Illustrator keeps coming in too narrow.

    Original file is 336" wide 100 ppi; imported as is, it comes in at 227".

    Tried making it 200 ppi & 168" wide, so it comes in now at 163-something.

    Admittedly this is a LARGE (like, 1Gb) image file, but I'm doing a 28' wide, 9' high mural for a museum display & want to keep the 100ppi res, if at all possible.

    G5/2x2Gb, 2.5Gb RAM, OS 10.3.2

    O.K., well - 180 ppi works fine, for the half-size image file... I learned that today.
    spclark@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Bitmap import limit in IL CS?

    Is this 1, 8, or 24 bit? Do you have to re-color it in AI? I would try setting it to 600dpi (don't resample), then scale it up in AI. You may also want to save it as an EPS.
    Ray_Craighead@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Bitmap import limit in IL CS?

    24 bit, no re-coloring; it's a Photoshop file background for a wall mural, with other elements overlayed in Illustrator. 90 ppi works for me - there's not much perceptible difference between that & 100 ppi for this image material.

    I use Ill for "tiling" out individual panels as Postscript files for printing, with sufficient overlap & registration marks outside "live" area for final positioning during the installation.

    EPS format doesn't provide as good a preview image (at least it never used to) but it may allow better memory usage for the preview portion; it's also a bigger file, on disk, becasue of the additional preview file.

    I'll look into using 600 dpi (though I don't think that would change anything) when I gert a chance to play. Right now I just want to get the thing to print so I can install it Friday.
    spclark@adobeforums.com Guest

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