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how to export indesign layers to photoshop layers (same structure)

Community Beginner ,
Jul 02, 2009 Jul 02, 2009

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how can I export all individual layers in indesign to a photoshop file with the same layer structure?

is there a script you can use?

thanks

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Community Expert , Jul 02, 2009 Jul 02, 2009

If you are on a Mac this Applescript will do it:

http://www.zenodesign.com/forum/PageToPSLayersV3.zip

The script exports PDFs of the ID layers and reassembles them in PS. In order to get the layers to register you need to include registration marks in the PDF preset you choose—the zip archive includes the preset I use. After running the script you can use canvas size to eliminate the crop marks.

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Dec 27, 2015 Dec 27, 2015

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That is a horrible suggestion. Illustrator is not a PDF editor!

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Dec 27, 2015 Dec 27, 2015

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Export your indesign file to PDF and open in Illustrator again Export as Psd..enjoy

This has already come up see posts 78-82

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Nov 21, 2017 Nov 21, 2017

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First time running scripts here... can anyone help?

So I'm trying to run the script on my IDD file, but I'm not sure that it's working. When it opens the PSD, it still says "Layer 1" and that's it. I thought I'd see multiple layers. All up-to-date versions of ID and PS on my Mac.

Thanks.

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Nov 21, 2017 Nov 21, 2017

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The script only replicates InDesign's item Layers and not the page items that are associated with the layer. So this would export the Text and Background layers but not <rectangle> or <Some Text>, which aren't really layers—they are page items.

Screen Shot 2017-11-21 at 11.39.44 AM.png

The script seems to work fine with 2018, but I haven't done much testing.

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Oct 05, 2020 Oct 05, 2020

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I’ve translated the AppleScript version into JS. If anyone is interested the first version can be downloaded here:

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/indesign-layers-to-photoshop-js-version/td-p/11484245?page=1

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