- I've placed a couple of graphics into this document, but, oh no, I have to edit them. What will I do? How will I find them on my messy disc full of files? Well, actually, there's a really easy way to find a file on your disc. All you have to do is select it inside of InDesign, then right-click on it, and down here in the Graphics submenu, you can choose Reveal In Finder, or on Windows, it would be Reveal In Explorer. But I'm actually not going to do that now. Instead, I'm going to use a different feature that lets me get to editing this image even faster.
I'm talking, of course, about Edit Original, which you can find up here in the Edit menu. But, you know, nobody chooses that out of the Edit menu. It's just too slow. Instead, all you need to do is click on this little pencil icon in the Links panel, or even faster, just Option or Alt double-click on the image right on the page, and that tells InDesign to open the file in the original program. Well, that's actually not entirely true. Technically, what it does is tell InDesign to ask your operating system, either Mac or Windows, to open the file for you.
And that subtle difference means that if your OS doesn't know which program to use, it might open it in the wrong program. For example, if I Option or Alt double-click on this image here, it opens it in Acrobat, and that's frustrating, because this is actually a Photoshop image, and I wanted to open it to edit it. So, mmm, that's annoying. So I'm going to close this and go back to InDesign. Fortunately, we can tell our operating system which program to use. But to do that, I do need to find the file on disc, so I guess I will use that right-click, Reveal In Finder trick that I just mentioned.
There it is, inside my Links folder from the Exercise Files folder. And because it's selected, I can now go up to the File menu and choose Get Info. Down here in the middle, in the Open with section, I'm going to change this from Acrobat to Photoshop. Now if you're using Windows, it's a slightly different process. Just right-click on the file, choose Open With, and then click on Choose default program. Then you can pick Photoshop from there. And on Windows, and here on the Mac, there's an option to change the defaults for all types of this file on your computer, but I'm not going to do that, because I still want most of my PDFs to open in Acrobat.
So instead, I'm simply going to close this, and go back to InDesign. Now if I Option or Alt double-click on this, it'll take me to Photoshop. But you know, after going through all of that, I just have to say, there's a much easier and probably better alternative to changing the file properties, and that is to simply select the image, go up to the Edit menu, and then choose Edit With, or If you like right-clicking, you could simply right-click on the image and choose Edit With from here. I'll click on Adobe Photoshop, and it'll immediately open it up in Photoshop so I can edit it.
Now, the coolest thing about Edit Original or Edit With is that InDesign is watching for the change. That is, if I make some edit here, like, I'll choose the Type tool and change this text, so now, all I need to do is save this, which I can do with Command-S or Ctrl-S on Windows, and then I'll close it with a Command-W or Ctrl-W on Windows, and now switch back to InDesign, and check it out. It immediately updates. I don't need to click Update in the Links panel or anything like that.
Like I said, InDesign knew that I was editing it, so it updated it automatically, and that is super helpful. Okay, now let's check out this file down here. I'll select it and zoom in to 200% by pressing Command-2 or Ctrl-2 on Windows. Now this graphic, this image here is not from Illustrator or Photoshop. It's actually a placed InDesign document. Because remember, you can place one InDesign document into another. And see this little graphic down here? This little green bank icon? That is an Illustrator file inside a Photoshop image placed inside the InDesign file.
And now my client just told me to change its color. Now if I were using EPS files or flattened graphics, then I'd be sunk. It would take forever to change that. But check this out. I'm going to Option or Alt double-click on this graphic to open the original file. This is the original InDesign file. That's cool, huh? Now I'm going to Option or Alt click on this image back here to open it in Photoshop. Now I'm going to come over to the Layers panel, and look at that. This little graphic means that this is a smart object.
So all I need to do is double-click on the icon and it opens in Illustrator. For some reason, it opened this artboard off-screen, so I'm going to press Command-0 or Ctrl-0 on Windows to center that artboard. Now I'll simply make my change. I'll double-click on this to go inside this layer group, I'll select that graphic, and let's change this color to something like blue. There we go. Now all I need to do is save this. Again, Command-S or Ctrl-S, close it, and then go back to Photoshop.
See that? It updated inside my Photoshop file. I love that. Now I'll Save, Close, go back to InDesign, and it updated inside my InDesign file. Now I'll Save, Close, and go back to here, and it's already updated on my page. Let's zoom back and we can take a look. I can link all of these programs together, and make edits fluidly and quickly because I used native file formats, smart object layers, and that awesome Edit Original feature. And that is what I call keeping my options open so I'm ready for anything.
Here David Blatner, cohost of InDesign Secrets.com, goes over placing images from Illustrator and Photoshop, copying and pasting InDesign artwork, managing color and transparency, and dealing with linked images, vectors, layers, and more. By the end of the course, you should be able to move seamlessly between the three tools, getting the results you want and without losing formatting, sharpness, or quality.
- Placing Photoshop and Illustrator artwork in InDesign
- Copying InDesign artwork into Photoshop and Illustrator
- Sharing color swatches
- Managing transparency in linked artwork
- Keeping Photoshop text and vectors sharp
- Converting images to CMYK