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Chapter 62. Think Outside the Box: InDes... > Importing Native File Formats

Importing Native File Formats

The ability to import Photoshop and Illustrator files (native files) without having to first save into flattened .EPS, .JPG, or .TIFF formats can significantly speed the creative process, as you can link in InDesign directly to the original Photoshop or Illustrator files. That way, InDesign can update immediately when you make changes to the graphic. This also means that you can simplify your workflow and only save a single version of each graphic file, rather than two (the original and the flattened version).

Another advantage of placing native Photoshop and Illustrator files is that they can contain transparency which InDesign recognizes. (EPS files don’t support transparency.) In some cases, this can eliminate the need for creating clipping paths, as we discuss in Chapter 68.


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