So I got some raw pictures from a client for some business cards, they all look grainy when imported to illustrator

I tried to edit the pictures and export them to JPG, but they still look grainy in illustrator.

Here are the meta info enter image description here

  • Do you have the latest version of Adobe Raw installed? – Digital Lightcraft Sep 2 '15 at 10:36
  • Could it have something to do with the display quality setting and only be the way it is displayed? Just a thought. – user45605 Sep 2 '15 at 12:47
  • Did you paste, "place as link," or "import" them? – Yorik Sep 3 '15 at 16:45

Try resizing your image in Photoshop first to the actual dimensions you will be using in your Illustrator files and re-link your image. I suspect the large dimensions are what is causing the wonkiness.

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  • I agree. The metafile shows an image suitable for printing at 15 x 10 inches @ 300dpi. The OP should at least pre-process it for postage stamp size using Photoshop before placing it. In addition, the "grainy" quality may be a low-res working preview. Perhaps a PDF at for-print quality may look different. – Yorik Sep 3 '15 at 16:43

Illustrator is a vector imaging program. I think that RAW is not included as a compatible raster format for Illustrator and so I am not sure it can handle RAW files properly. I have no idea why the jpg version don't work, but it should work just fine if you convert the images in PSD file format.

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    It was not raw, I edited the image in Adobe raw, the problem was the resolution of the image, changing it to 100dpi fixed my problem – ekclone Sep 4 '15 at 7:59

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