How to Move an Illustrator File Into InDesign

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Adobe InDesign is page layout, or desktop publishing, for both print and digital distribution. You can embed audio and video into InDesign digital documents, and export them to Adobe Flash documents for additional editing and layout. InDesign supports most major image formats, including Adobe Illustrator files, and lets you put them in your document. You can either place an Illustrator file in your InDesign document, if you want to edit it later in Illustrator, or paste it into InDesign if you want to edit it later in InDesign.

Place Illustrator File

  • Open Adobe InDesign. Click "File," then "New" to open a new document or "File," then "Open" to load an existing InDesign document.

  • Click "File." Click "Place" and navigate to the Adobe Illustrator image in the dialog box. Double-click on the Illustrator image to load it.

  • Move your mouse over the InDesign document and click to place the Illustrator graphic. When the graphic is in the document, you can click and hold, then drag the graphic for more precise placement.

Copy and Paste Illustrator File

  • Open Adobe InDesign. Open a new document or load an existing document.

  • Open Adobe Illustrator. Open the graphic you want to copy into InDesign.

  • Right-click in your InDesign document and choose "Paste" from the context menu or click "Edit," then "Paste." Click and hold the pasted image and drag it to the location in the InDesign document where you want it.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you export your Illustrator document as a layered PDF file, you can place the layered PDF file in InDesign and control the visibility of the layers from within InDesign.

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