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Copy from indesign and paste to photoshop

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Aug 21, 2021 Aug 21, 2021

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So far I copied indesign documents (with layers) and pasted to photoshop (as a combined image). Since the last version I can't do that, when I paste in photoshop, just some of the layers are pasted. I can't see the pattern to identify the problem with the layers. Taking as an example a design with an image as a background and text over the image, if I copy and paste in photoshop, I just paste the image. Then I come back to indesign, hide the image, copy and paste in photoshop, and I paste the rest of the elements. In the past versions, I copied and pasted all the elements in one step.

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 21, 2021 Aug 21, 2021
Would it not be better to export the InDesign file as a PDF, PNG or JPG if you are wanting it in Photoshop? I have seen on CreativePro some script to save an InDesign as a Photoshop (https://creativepro.com/save-indesign-files-layered-photoshop-files/) Check your clipboard handling in your preferences.

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 22, 2021 Aug 22, 2021
Have you tried resetting your preferences?

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Aug 21, 2021 Aug 21, 2021

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Would it not be better to export the InDesign file as a PDF, PNG or JPG if you are wanting it in Photoshop? I have seen on CreativePro some script to save an InDesign as a Photoshop (https://creativepro.com/save-indesign-files-layered-photoshop-files/)
Check your clipboard handling in your preferences.
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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 21, 2021 Aug 21, 2021

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I agree it would be better to export as a PDF then import into Photoshop.

 

If this is something you do frequently you can make a PDF preset in InDesign. I suggest using no colour conversion, embed profiles, export images as TIF with no downsampling.

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Aug 22, 2021 Aug 22, 2021

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Hi Scott, thank you for your answer, but for my workflow I would prefer to copy paste. It's not a matter of exportation, I just need to use some designs as a backgroud to modify elements in photoshop.

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Aug 21, 2021 Aug 21, 2021

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Also, I converted the Applescript ot JavaScript, so it should run on either OS. Have tested on OSX with CC2021, so I’m not sure if there are any Windows problems. You can download it here:

 

https://shared-assets.adobe.com/link/5aa6cfc2-d1bf-47e1-6b6b-70aec58f38b5

 

Here the thread:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/indesign-layers-to-photoshop-js-version/td-p/11484245?page=1

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Aug 22, 2021 Aug 22, 2021

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Thanks Rob, that's cool. No clue about how to use scripts, honestly, but I will check. In any case, I would like to know what have changed in the new versions that make impossible what was pretty intuitive versions ago.

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Aug 22, 2021 Aug 22, 2021

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Thank you for your answer. Yes, it could be an option to export in jpg, but I would prefer to understand why I can't do it with the new versions. On the other hand, I usually work with both programs at the same time and for me is faster to just copy paste from one program to the other without generating extra files.

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Have you tried resetting your preferences?

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I find out something. It seems that the layers are pasted in the invert order for some reason, so if in indesign there is an image as a background an there are elements over it, the image "covers" the elements once you paste in photoshop (there are no layers in photoshop cause the file is exported in the clipboard as a pdf, but the effect is that the image "covers" the rest of the elements). I say so because if in indesign the image in the background is placed below another element, when I paste them I see both the image and the element in photoshop. I don't understand why and how to change this.

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