This seems like a trivial concept but I just can't get the hold of it. I have a signal with two complex sinusoids having frequencies -25MHz and 17MHz. Currently it is being sampled at 64MHz so I get two peaks of fft at -25MHz and 17 MHz. If I throw every other sample away the component at 17MHz shifts to -30MHz and the one at -25MHz to 14 MHz.
I know it is due to the aliasing/folding but why exactly are these frequency components present in the aliased signal? Is there any way to predict the frequency content of the aliased signal without looking at the fft? What spectrum should I get if every fourth sample is dropped (i.e. sampling frequency now becomes 16MHz)?