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How importing text from Illustrator to InDesign ?

Community Beginner ,
Mar 31, 2015 Mar 31, 2015

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

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Community Expert , 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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Community Expert , 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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Participant , Jan 20, 2023 Jan 20, 2023

Okay actually, in Indesign CC 2023 these Clipboard Handling settings work for what I was trying to do. Not sure if it helps anyone else! At least it retains the font.

 

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Community Expert ,
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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Explorer ,
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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Community Expert ,
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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