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Best practice to move work done in Illustrator to InDesign and keep all objects live?

Engaged ,
Dec 06, 2022 Dec 06, 2022

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Here is an example spread made in Illustrator, I either create uniform areas by converting uniform texture into background color (closest match) or I cover certain areas with a background color (also closest match to the original texture) to create text boxes in large spreads.

So first Photoshop, then Illustrator (for the text effects like envelope distort and maybe others) and then InDesign.

Are there any best practices for the easiest way to move all text objects over as live objects into InDesign?

So basically I am making space for text in large image spreads, using the space availabe, or making space if necessary but so that it will integrate into the image.

Now I have to move this whole creation into InDesign, and I am looking for easy ways to do it.

Because I might do some blend mode effects in InDesign, and I need the live frames also for interactive e-book exports.

 

 

 

 

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I would make sure all images in the Illustrator file are links so I can relink them in InDesign. Save the Illustrator file normally (with PDF compatibility on) and place in InDesign. Use it as a template by placing it on its own layer, putting in on top, and setting opacity down to about 40%. That way you can see through it to positio neverything else. Copy the text and paste it. Place and ciomplex Illustrator objects like blends or complex graphics (the distorted text, perhaps). Copy paths to use as text frames or graphic frames (masks in Illustrator) and rebuild it piece by piece.

 

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