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Exporting a PDF from Indesign

Explorer ,
Oct 23, 2022 Oct 23, 2022

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Hi All, I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction, I need to export PDF's from InDesign and open them up in illustrator, the InDesign files have several layers, I want the PDF to retain this layered info when I open it back up into illustrator, I do not not want all info flattened into one layer where I then have to sort it all back out. I know this is easily done when saving an illustraor file as a PDF, just can't see the same options within InDesign?

 

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Dave

 

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Oct 24, 2022 Oct 24, 2022

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In the export dialog select the "Create Acrobat Layers" checkbox. The compatibilty should be Acrobat 6 or more.

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Oct 24, 2022 Oct 24, 2022

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Why are doing this? Illustrator is NOT a PDF editor and there is practically zero chance of not destroying that file.

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Oct 24, 2022 Oct 24, 2022

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I have to do this this as customers create their artwork in InDesign instead of using the correct software, therefore I have to edit/correct the files in illustrator, hence my intial query..

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Oct 24, 2022 Oct 24, 2022

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>> create their artwork in InDesign instead of using the correct software

You make my day! InDesign never was been uncorrect software. 

 

Осень вступила в свои права...

Remember, never say you can't do something in InDesign, it's always just a question of finding the right workaround to get the job done. © David Blatner

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Oct 24, 2022 Oct 24, 2022

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The less destructive way is to add elements to the cs library and import them into the othe program.

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Oct 24, 2022 Oct 24, 2022

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The best way would be if people could create the artwork in the correct application but unfortunately they don't and I have to pick up the pieces...

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Oct 24, 2022 Oct 24, 2022

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What exactly makes Illustrator the "correct application?"

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