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Photoshop to InDesign

Q1:How do I move artwork from Photoshop into an open InDesign document?
A1: There are a number of options:
  • Save a layered document as a PSD file (File>Save As and choose Photoshop [PSD] from the Format pop-up menu), and place (File>Place) it into InDesign. Use Object>Object Layer Options to choose from layer comps and show-and-hide individual layers.

  • Drag-and-drop from Photoshop into an open InDesign document. A flattened version of the layered document will be embedded into the InDesign page. (Or you can just select the layers in Photoshop that you want to drag-and-drop.)

  • Copy (Edit>Copy) your selected object in Photoshop, and paste (Edit>Paste) it in InDesign. A flattened version of the layered document will be embedded in the InDesign file. (Choose Edit>Copy Merged in Photoshop to copy the pixels on all visible layers.)

Q2:How does InDesign handle layer blend modes? When I hide layers, the blend mode disappears—is that normal?
A2: Although you can use the Object>Object Layer Options command to show-and-hide layers, if you hide a layer it's possible for the blend mode to “disappear.” For example, if one layer is set to Multiply mode and you hide the layer below, in effect, there's nothing for the layer to “multiply” with, so the effect of the blend mode will no longer affect other layers.
Q3:Can I use layer comps in InDesign?

A3: From the Object menu choose Object Layer Options, and in the dialog pick the layer comp you want to use. (If you use this command to hide layers, the Layer Comp pop-up menu will indicate Custom. Also, choose Use Photoshop's Layer Visibility to see your comp in InDesign.)


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