Copy Pasting From Illustrator to InDesign

Community Beginner ,
Jul 28, 2018 Jul 28, 2018

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Hello, everyone.

I'd just like to ask if it's recommended to copy directly from Illustrator to InDesign.

I am working on some vector shapes that I need to use for my book layout.

Would it be recommended to directly copy-paste or do I have to save it as .PNG?

Thanks a lot.

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LEGEND , Jul 29, 2018 Jul 29, 2018

Derek's suggestion is the best one I can think of.

Some notes:

* Converting to PNG (or JPEG or TIFF) will turn your vector artwork to raster. Probably destroy the quality, certainly destroy the scalability.

* Copy and paste is simple, but it has to go through the system's idea of what a graphic is like, which can limit or damage it

* When you PLACE a graphic, the original graphic must remain accessible. This allows you to keep track of what you are working with more easily, though you do need to be

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Community Expert ,
Jul 28, 2018 Jul 28, 2018

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Place the native AI file.

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Thanks!

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LEGEND ,
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Definitely neither of the things you say.

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What do you suggest? Thanks.

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LEGEND ,
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Derek's suggestion is the best one I can think of.

Some notes:

* Converting to PNG (or JPEG or TIFF) will turn your vector artwork to raster. Probably destroy the quality, certainly destroy the scalability.

* Copy and paste is simple, but it has to go through the system's idea of what a graphic is like, which can limit or damage it

* When you PLACE a graphic, the original graphic must remain accessible. This allows you to keep track of what you are working with more easily, though you do need to be careful to keep your graphics around. Best to arrange all the graphics used in one publication into a special folder you make with the INDD also.

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I usually use Copy Past from illustrator, for simple objects (not complicated), therefore i can Edit and do some changes as i need with InDesign, change colors... but for complicated artworks i place the original Ai file.

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One of the greatest advantages of placing images from Illustrator to InDesign comes when a Illustrator file (.ai) appears multiple times within an InDesign document (a logo, for instance). If any editing is necessary for that object it can simply be done once in the native Illustrator file and then all instances of it will have been fixed when the file is updated in the InDesign file.

I also completely agree with Test Screen (is that a first name or last name?) that you should not convert Illustrator files to a PNG or other raster format. The greatest advantage that a vector file has over a raster one is that there are no resolution constraints for a vector file. You can use it any size with no reduction of quality. In a production environment that is huge.

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New Here ,
Feb 23, 2022 Feb 23, 2022

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Hi! I totally do not how I can post this question on a new thread (very new).  When I copy and paste from Illustrator to Indesign everything but four mini projects transfer perfectly but those four turns wonky and it "blacks out" a good bit of the design. Help is greatly appreciated.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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It's generally better to place your Illustrator art (.ai) into your InDesign page (File> Place), however there are occasions where you might need to edit a vector element within InDesign, where copy/paste would be the best option. Go to your InDesign preferences> Clipboard handling> Prefer PDF when Pasting, and turn this on, that might fix your issue.

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May 02, 2022 May 02, 2022

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Fantastic suggestion, this prefer pdf while pasting.  Worked for me. Thnks

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Community Beginner ,
May 11, 2022 May 11, 2022

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I am encountering this problem from time to time, and for me the issue almost always have to do with the state/properties of the vector object so to speak. And the solution that most of the time works for me is to Expand/Expand apperance the object.
Of course the best way to deal with vector objects in InDesign is to import/place them as eps or ai files. But sometimes you want the option to recolor an object, or in other ways manipulate the object, directly in InDesign and then it is nessecary to be able to copy from Illustrator to InDesign.

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