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Adobe InDesign CS5 : Importing Graphic Objects (part 3) - Using the Image Import Options Dialog Box

11/29/2011 9:17:17 AM

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.

Figure 10. 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.

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