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Force InDesign to update links 'each time' after editing/save

Participant ,
Jul 20, 2021 Jul 20, 2021

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I'm trying to understand why IND will update links automatically the first time I save, but if I go back and edit the image again I have to go into the Links panel, select the image and click the update button each time. Is there a way to make IND automatically update each time so I can avoid the extra clicks? Sometimes I will go adjust a PS image multiple times to see how it looks in IND.

   

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Community Expert , Jul 20, 2021 Jul 20, 2021

Problem

If you use the Edit With option in InDesign it opens the image for editing.

You save the image and return it to the layout and image updates.

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If you go back to the image again - make changes - then InDesign won't update the image - because it's now been edited without using the Edit With from InDesign.

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Solution

After making your edits to the image - close the image.

It will update in InDesign

If you need to make further edits then choose Edit With again from InD

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Community Expert , Jul 20, 2021 Jul 20, 2021

Instead of just switching back to Photoshop where the image is still open, Alt+Dbl-Click the image in InDesign. This sets up InDesign to capture the next save and apply the update.

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Jul 20, 2021 Jul 20, 2021

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Problem

If you use the Edit With option in InDesign it opens the image for editing.

You save the image and return it to the layout and image updates.

============

If you go back to the image again - make changes - then InDesign won't update the image - because it's now been edited without using the Edit With from InDesign.

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Solution

After making your edits to the image - close the image.

It will update in InDesign

If you need to make further edits then choose Edit With again from InDesign.

 

This restarts the process.

 

 

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This is how it works - any image edited outside the compounds of InDesign will be treated as a link that needs updating.

It's only ever auto updating the link if you use Edit With from the InDesign options.

 

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Jul 20, 2021 Jul 20, 2021

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Instead of just switching back to Photoshop where the image is still open, Alt+Dbl-Click the image in InDesign. This sets up InDesign to capture the next save and apply the update.

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Jul 20, 2021 Jul 20, 2021

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This is the answer I've been looking for! I use both methods and couldn't figure out why sometimes it would update and other times not. This makes sense, although it would be great if IND could simply detect the edit/save from any entry point and make the update. I can relax now, Thanks John.

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Sep 06, 2022 Sep 06, 2022

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Still an issue in InDesign v17.4 on Monterey 12.5.1!

 

Here's the crazy part — Illustrator DOES this! Links update automatically every time the source file is altered, even while the PSD remains open. Why wouldn't this functionality be identical in both Illustrator AND InDesign?? If Adobe had to choose between the two (which is absurd), wouldn't it make more sense to auto-update links in a program that's dedicated to placing linked assets into a layout?

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Sep 06, 2022 Sep 06, 2022

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Even using Alt+Dbl-Click key commands that @artichoked suggested, I still have issues where it won't auto-update and I wait till the file completely saves in PS. I sure wish this would be quicker and more consistent! 

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