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Chapter 62. Think Outside the Box: InDes... > Alternatives to Native Formats

Alternatives to Native Formats

You might also consider saving your Photoshop files as layered PDF or TIFF files. Most people don’t realize that TIFF files can include layers and transparency, and that InDesign can read that information just as easily as if the image were a .PSD file. The reason is that layered TIFF files are a combination of a flattened TIFF and a layered .PSD file. Programs that can read the layered information (like InDesign), do so; programs that cannot (like XPress), read the flattened part. The problem is that layered TIFF files are even bigger than .PSD files. For that reason, many people prefer flattened TIFF files.

In general, Photoshop PDF files are the most flexible format; they can be flattened or layered, include vector and transparency information, and are often surprisingly small on disk. Unfortunately, InDesign can’t read spot colors inside Photoshop PDF files. (XPress 4 cannot read Photoshop PDF files at all, though XPress 5 can, with some limitations.)


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