Choosing Import Options
InDesign accepts all
graphic file formats that are commonly used for print output, including
TIFF, PDF, and EPS as well as native file formats such as AI (Adobe
Illustrator format), and PSD (Photoshop document).
To access additional import
options, click Show Import Options at the bottom left of the Place
dialog box, or press Shift as you click Open. Next you will see the
Image Import Options dialog box, which contains specific options related
to that file type. Import options vary depending on the type of file
you are importing.
Using the Image Import Options Dialog Box
If the image you are importing
contains a Photoshop clipping path or alpha channel, the Image panel of
the Image Import Options dialog box enables you to apply and edit the
path in InDesign. By applying either, you can display a portion of the
image in your layout. For example, if set up properly in Photoshop ahead
of time, you can use a clipping path or alpha channel to mask away the
background of an image placed in InDesign. Many stock images come
equipped with paths and channels that you can apply in InDesign. To do
so, check the Apply Photoshop Clipping Path box or choose an alpha
channel from the drop-down list (see Figure 9).
To edit the Photoshop clipping path, select the Direct Selection tool,
and then click the clipping path that surrounds the graphic.
Figure 9. The Image
panel of the Image Import Options dialog box enables you to apply a
Photoshop clipping path or alpha channel.
You can always choose
Object, Clipping Path, Options and enable the Apply Photoshop Clipping
Path option later in the Clipping Path Options dialog box if you decide
to leave it off during import.
The Color panel of the Image
Import Options dialog box enables you to specify how you would like to
color manage the image you are importing. Select a color profile and
rendering intent from the lists provided.
Every device that captures or
displays color can have its own color profile. A color management
system calibrates color differences among devices so that you can be
sure of the colors you output when printing the file. Viewing the color
accurately onscreen enables you to make accurate color decisions as you
work with your document .
Choose a rendering intent for each type of graphic in your document (see Figure 10).
Choose one of the four intents for each graphic: Perceptual (Images)
accurately represents colors in photographs; Saturation (Graphics);
Relative Colorimetric and Absolute Colorimetric options are both good
for areas of solid color but they don’t reproduce photographs very well.
The Color panel of the Image Import Options dialog box enables you to
choose color management settings for the graphic.
The Layers panel of the
Image Import Options dialog box appears only when you import a Photoshop
PSD with layers. In the Show Layers section of the panel, an eye icon
appears next to each layer’s name; click the icon to turn the layer’s
visibility on or off. If the image contains Photoshop layer comps, you
can choose to display one in InDesign by selecting it from the Layer
Comp drop-down list (see Figure 11).
Figure 11. The
Layers panel of the Image Import Options dialog box enables you to
control layer visibility for the graphic you are placing.
When you edit a placed PSD in
Photoshop and update the link in InDesign, you have the option to keep
the layer visibility choices that you made when you first imported the
image, or to view layers as they are currently saved in the PSD; select
either option from the When Updating Link drop-down list.
Changing PSD layer visibility in InDesign does not alter the original Photoshop file.
Using the EPS Import Options dialog box
The EPS Import Options
dialog box contains several options for you to choose from. Enable the
Read Embedded OPI Image Links option if you are using InDesign in an OPI
workflow. An Open Prepress Interface (OPI) workflow lets you place
low-resolution EPS graphics that retrieve high-resolution versions from
an OPI server during output.
Enable the Apply Photoshop
Clipping Path option if the EPS image you are importing contains a
Photoshop clipping path that you’d like to apply in InDesign. Note that
unlike clipping paths that are applied to TIFFs or PSDs, you cannot edit
an EPS Photoshop path in InDesign.
To use the preview image
that is already embedded in the EPS, select Use TIFF Or PICT Preview
from the Proxy Generation drop-down list. To create a preview in
InDesign, select Rasterize the PostScript.
Using the Place PDF Dialog Box
In the General panel of the Place PDF dialog box, you have several general import options to choose from.
You can choose to import a
specific page, all pages, or a range of pages from a PDF document into
InDesign. It is also possible to select which page you would like to
import by entering a page number or clicking the left or right arrows
under the preview window and selecting the Previewed Page option.
From the Crop To drop-down
menu, you can choose how much of the page you would like to import.
Select from Bounding Box (Visible Layers), Bounding Box (All Layers),
Art, Crop, Trim, Bleed, or Media.
Enable the Transparent
Background option to allow imported PDFs containing transparent
backgrounds to remain transparent in InDesign.
The Layers panel of the Place
PDF dialog box has the same functionality as the Layers panel of the
Image Import Options dialog box, with the exception of layer comps,
which does not apply to standard PDF files.
If you choose to show import
options when placing a native Illustrator file (AI), InDesign displays
the Place PDF dialog box. You can use the Pages options to import
artboards that are saved in the AI file.