How importing text from Illustrator to InDesign ?

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How importing text from Illustrator to InDesign, kepping it editable ?

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 31, 2015 Mar 31, 2015
If you choose the text in Illustrator using the Text tool, you can copy the (unformatted) text to the clipboard. In InDesign, make a text frame or click in a text frame and choose Paste.Sadly, there is no way to retain the formatting on the text, but it is still editable. InDesign and Illustrator have incompatible text engines.

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021
Hi Brussobaum5ECF, you answered a thread from 2015. Nowadays you could transfer formatted text as shared Text assets from Illustrator to InDesign through CC Libraries: https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/creative-cloud-libraries-sync-share-assets.html Regards, Uwe Laubender ( ACP )

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Mar 31, 2015 Mar 31, 2015

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If you choose the text in Illustrator using the Text tool, you can copy the (unformatted) text to the clipboard. In InDesign, make a text frame or click in a text frame and choose Paste.

Sadly, there is no way to retain the formatting on the text, but it is still editable. InDesign and Illustrator have incompatible text engines.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 31, 2015 Mar 31, 2015

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Generally you can only copy n paste. But...

What if you wanted to preserve the look by means of Illustrator's paragraph styles? They don't directly export, yet here is a work-around:

You *might* try to Save As the Illustrator file to PDF; open the PDF in Acrobat Pro; choose Save As Other... to a Word doc (Acrobat XI); then file>place that. Oddly, you will get different generic paragraph style names, but the editable text will be tagged with paragraph styles.

I wish it were more harmonious than this work-around!

Mike Witherell

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 13, 2019 Sep 13, 2019

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Seems like such a basic expectation…that you can paste formatted text from one Adobe app to another. You CAN paste formatted text from Illustrator into Photoshop…why is Photoshop smarter than InDesign when it comes to typography. Absolutely confounding.

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Mar 31, 2015 Mar 31, 2015

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You have to buy a 3rd party plugin like ID2PDF. It will convert PDFs (and this means also AI files) to InDesign.

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Mar 31, 2015 Mar 31, 2015

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Hi Willi,

I think you mean Markzware PDF2DTP for $199.00

Mike Witherell

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 31, 2015 Mar 31, 2015

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Yes.

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New Here ,
Aug 20, 2021 Aug 20, 2021

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"they have incopatible textengines"

and you are all just completely fine with that right?  wtf.

Adobe is not able to change that thing for 10+ years because F*** it!

Copy text from one program to  another with styling is so basic even wordpad can do it.

 

What a joke.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 20, 2021 Aug 20, 2021

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So use Wordpad.

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Explorer ,
Oct 15, 2021 Oct 15, 2021

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This is not a good answer to users that pay money. Copying and pasting are simple tasks. Also this is one of my problems too. I hope you undrestand what I mean.

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New Here ,
Dec 10, 2021 Dec 10, 2021

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Yes. This is really disappointing. When I copy text from Adobe Illustrator to to Photoshop and After Effects it retains the text formatting. I was really shocked to find that this is not the case for Indesign when  it seems like they are closest to each other (Vector programs) and used widely for creating material for print.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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Not a good answer... I have copy in Illustrator that needs to go into an InDesign layout and now I have to retype it, because of a stupid incompatibility that Adobe had 25 years to fix. I can't even copy and paste the text from Ilustrator to Notes, Pages, or Word... so either way I'm f***ed and have to retype it, or I have to save it as a PDF and then copy it from there.

 

Times like this when I want to completely make the transition to Affinity. I'm already 80% there, but this little glitch is pushing me to 90%. 🤬

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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If you can't C/P from Illustrator to anything you have a serious problem that has nothing to do with InDesign.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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Yes, it's called Adobe Illustrator 26.2.1.

I don't remember this ever being an issue and I've been using Illustrator since 1994.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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You can also export your text to a text file using Illustrator.

No retyping necessary.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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Hi Brussobaum5ECF,

you answered a thread from 2015.

 

Nowadays you could transfer formatted text as shared Text assets from Illustrator to InDesign through CC Libraries:

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/creative-cloud-libraries-sync-share-assets.html

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

 

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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It's still a mission. Add it to a Library from Illustrator. Place it in InDesign from the Library. Delete the Library item, because it's not something you want to keep there. What a waste of time and energy.

  • Cmd/Ctrl C
  • Switch app
  • Cmd/Ctrl V

What could be simpler?

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New Here ,
Jun 08, 2022 Jun 08, 2022

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Man, could not agree more, pretty pathetic that we cannot simply copy and paste the exact formatting and design from Ai to Id...just wrong...

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LEGEND ,
Jun 08, 2022 Jun 08, 2022

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Sounds right to me. They are different beasts. If you want every conceivable text effect from Illustrator in InDesign, then InDesign has to BE Illustrator, including every tool and trick. It's complicated enough already. It does a different job. Plus, how could Adobe sell both apps, if InDesign can do everything Illustrator can do...

 Sometimes people do ask for an integrated Adobe DTP app with all the features of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, but - while Adobe have shown a willingness to implement bad ideas - they haven't gone that way yet. Presumably loss of revenue is a factor.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 08, 2022 Jun 08, 2022

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"What a waste of time and energy."

"pretty pathetic that we cannot simply copy and paste the exact formatting and design from Ai to Id"

 

I agree. It should work seamlessly. And that could be copy/paste.

What's missing: a common exchange format like the IDMS snippet format is for InDesign. Just something between InDesign, Illustrator and PhotoShop.

E.g.: Drag a text frame out from Illustrator to the desktop to do the exchange file, drag in or place the file to InDesign; the next best thing after copy/paste.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender
( Adobe Community Professional )

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