How to Rasterize in InDesign


It is easy to share files created with Adobe InDesign as long as the people you intend to share with have the program installed on their computers. Otherwise, they won't be able to open or view InDesign documents. One workaround is to rasterize or convert a standard InDesign document to an image file format like JPEG or PNG using the program's Export tool. JPEG and PNG files use standard, bitmap image formats that can be viewed on Windows, Mac OS X, Android, IOS, ChromeOS and Linux systems without any additional software.

  • Launch InDesign and load the document you want to rasterize.

  • Select the "File" menu and choose "Export."

  • Select the "Save as type" drop-down list and choose "JPEG" or "PNG." Both image formats are compressed to save disk space and bandwidth, but the PNG format uses a compression algorithm that preserves all of an image's detail and quality.

  • Select the "Save" button and then choose "Export." Your JPEG file will have the same filename as the InDesign document, but it will have a “.jpg” extension.

Tips & Warnings

  • InDesign's Export tool enables you to fine-tune the quality and resolution of your raster images. For example, if you want to print your image, you can change the image quality to "High" and increase the resolution from 72 pixels per inch to 300 ppi. If you are posting your rasters to a website or sharing by email, however, the default settings of “Medium” quality and 72 ppi are adequate.

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