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Chapter 28. Importing Graphics > Graphic File Formats

Graphic File Formats

Because you may be creating documents for different purposes, and because your artwork may be coming from a variety of sources, InDesign allows you to import 14 different graphic file formats. Anything PageMaker or QuarkXPress can import, InDesign can, too, with the exception of a couple of little-used formats (like PhotoCD). However, InDesign lets you import two file formats that these applications do not: native Photoshop (.PSD) and Illustrator (.AI) files.

Advantages of 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 “for print” version).


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