How to Do a Package in InDesign

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InDesign packages enable you to send your work to a printer or other document service provider without running the risk of forgetting a crucial graphic or font. An InDesign package is a ready-to-send folder containing all necessary supporting files for a project, as well as the project itself. The folder also contains custom instructions detailing exactly what files the project should contain and any project-specific information. Packages are automatically generated by InDesign based on a project's contents.

  • Click “File” and then select “Package” to bring up the Package menu.

  • Click the “Summary” tab and inspect any warnings related to the project's contents. Warnings are usually related to incompatibilities with the project's elements, such as the use of fonts that are available in InDesign but not installed on the computer itself. If any warnings appear, click on the “Warning” icon and follow the on-screen instructions to rectify the problem. Otherwise, click “Package” to begin the packaging process.

  • Click “Save” to save your project before packaging and open the Printing Instructions form. Enter any specific instructions you want to give to the printers into the fields on the form and then click “Continue” to open the Create Package Folder window. The instructions will be saved to a text file inside the package folder.

  • Type a name for your package folder into the “Save As” field and then select a location for it from the “Where” drop-down menu. Click “Package” to create the folder.

Tips & Warnings

  • The contents of a package folder vary depending on the associated project. However, they should at least contain an INDD InDesign project file, an IDLK system file and an instructions file named “Instructions.txt.” Folders and images will be saved to separate subfolders within the main package folder. You can verify the contents of the folder by browsing to it in your operating system.
  • Ensure that your project is finished and ready to hand off before printing. If it is changed after being packaged, you may need to repeat the entire packaging process.
  • Information in this article applies to InDesign CC. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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