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Image size limits ? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I've been trying to open some LARGE image files (in the PNG, TIF formats) and Design throws an error simply saying it can not open file blah, blah, blah.  However, other apps (Office Image Manager and Windows Picture Viewer) open them just fine.

    What's the problem?  Is there a size limit no one is aware of and is NOT documented in the help files?
    Thursday, October 9, 2008 5:53 PM

Answers

  • Hi Austin,

    I found some notes on file size limitations that say:

    The maximum dimensions ED allows through

    the document setup are:

    1. The product of the Pixel Dimension (X*Y) cannot equal more than

    100,000,000 pixels (10000x10000 or 12000x8333, for example).

    2. Neither the X nor Y of the Pixel Dimension may exceed 12000 pixels.

    3. Neither the Height nor Width may exceed 20000 pt or equivalent (for

    example, 277.778 in, 705.556 cm, etc.).

    However, ED does allow you to open a file, or paste a selection from

    another application, with a larger dimension than you can create from within

    ED. To make sure you export the entire image (and not just the document

    workspace), click the image to select it, then go to Edit > Crop Marks >

    From Bounding Box, and make sure the "Save Cropmark Region" option is

    checked.

    I hope this helps.


    Annie
    • Proposed as answer by wisecarver Saturday, October 11, 2008 12:54 PM
    • Marked as answer by AustinMyers Saturday, October 11, 2008 4:37 PM
    Friday, October 10, 2008 9:30 PM
    Moderator

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  • Hello Austin,

    I don't know of any size limitations on documents that Design can import. I've got a couple of questions for you to help understand and answer your overall question.

    1. How big of a file are we talking?

    2. You should be importing the image(s) into Design, not opening them. Can you confirm that's what you are doing? The File, Open menu will only open .Design files. To bring in other file types you need to File, Import OR copy > paste them into Design.

    3. If you are importing and there is an error, what is the text of the error?

    Will Buffington
    Microsoft Expression Support
    Thursday, October 9, 2008 7:05 PM
    Moderator
  • Will
    I work again with the older version of design and I am all the time opening some image files and even in the help files of the older design they say it is possible look at

    Importing bitmapped images

    I don t know how it works in newer version but if I remember well it was also possible
    It sometimes happens that design is closing but mostly it works well

    greetings
     here what is said in the old version

  • Open  You can click Open on the File menu to open a bitmapped image directly from disk in any supported format (such as TIFF, JPEG, PSD, GIF, and so on). When you open a bitmapped image, it appears as the sole object on a layer in the document.
  • Edited by germaine1 Friday, October 10, 2008 9:13 PM
Friday, October 10, 2008 7:43 PM
  • Hi Austin,

    I found some notes on file size limitations that say:

    The maximum dimensions ED allows through

    the document setup are:

    1. The product of the Pixel Dimension (X*Y) cannot equal more than

    100,000,000 pixels (10000x10000 or 12000x8333, for example).

    2. Neither the X nor Y of the Pixel Dimension may exceed 12000 pixels.

    3. Neither the Height nor Width may exceed 20000 pt or equivalent (for

    example, 277.778 in, 705.556 cm, etc.).

    However, ED does allow you to open a file, or paste a selection from

    another application, with a larger dimension than you can create from within

    ED. To make sure you export the entire image (and not just the document

    workspace), click the image to select it, then go to Edit > Crop Marks >

    From Bounding Box, and make sure the "Save Cropmark Region" option is

    checked.

    I hope this helps.


    Annie
    • Proposed as answer by wisecarver Saturday, October 11, 2008 12:54 PM
    • Marked as answer by AustinMyers Saturday, October 11, 2008 4:37 PM
    Friday, October 10, 2008 9:30 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi Annie,

    Thanks for the answer.  Indeed I am working with images that are apparently too large for Expression.  :-(  (These are vector images from NOAA for nautical charts.)
    Saturday, October 11, 2008 4:37 PM