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Part VIII: Power Photoshop > Importing Images into Page Layouts

Importing Images into Page Layouts

When images are imported into a page layout program, they are usually “linked,” which means that the image file remains external to the page layout file, and all that's piped in is a preview. Also imported are instructions that let the program keep track of where linked files are. Basically, the layout file says to itself, “Self, the image named 'Image 1.tiff' is on the hard drive in a folder named 'Project,' and then in a subfolder named 'Images.' If someone moves them, there's gonna be trouble!” (Page layout programs are big on attitude.) So if an image file is moved, the page layout program won't be able to find it and you'll usually get an error message of some kind.

Caution

When you send your document to a service bureau or printer, you need to be careful to make sure you send the image files, too; otherwise, only the low-res screen previews will be output. Gathering linked files is referred to as “collecting for output” and can be done manually or by using the automated “collect” features of either InDesign or QuarkXPress, or of a third-party program, such as Markzware's FlightCheck.



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