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Chapter 7. Importing and Exporting > Linking and Embedding

Linking and Embedding

In InDesign, you can choose to embed (that is, store) imported graphics in your publication, or you can choose to store them externally and link to them.

When you link to a graphic, InDesign doesn’t include the graphic file in your publication, but establishes a link between the publication and the imported file. InDesign creates a low-resolution screen preview of the graphic, and uses that preview to draw the image on your page. Linking means you don’t have to store two copies of the original file—one on disk, and one in your InDesign publication—thereby saving disk space.


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