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Indesign not pasting graphics/vectors correctly

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Jun 01, 2021 Jun 01, 2021

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I primarily use Affinity Designer for every project. However, Affinity doesn't have a way to add crop marks, bleeds, and color information when exporting. So, I'm stuck using Indesign for whenever I need those items.

 

I'm currently making a product labelling sheet for Taco Bell, and I've incorporated a vector pattern that includes different Taco Bell foods. It looks like this (in Affinity Designer):

Screen Shot 2021-06-01 at 2.04.05 PM.png

Usually, Indesign plays nice when I want to copy and paste Affinity graphics and vectors over to it. However, for some odd reason I just can't seem to figure out, I paste in the graphics and it looks awful:

Screen Shot 2021-06-01 at 2.05.36 PM.png

Being a 14x20 inch document, I feel like this is going to be noticible. I then tried to copy in each graphic one at a time; first the gradient, then the pattern, then the text:

Screen Shot 2021-06-01 at 2.14.34 PM.png

Keep in mind, all of the files are exporting like this too. It isn't just an issue with Indesign's Display performance (Which I have everything turned up all the way). 

I know I said I use Affinity Designer for every project (which I do), but I actually made the pattern in Illustrator (not the shapes, just the pattern). So, I tried copying and pasting the pattern inside of a box directly from Illustrator:

Screen Shot 2021-06-01 at 2.04.46 PM.png

Now this one seems to look okay, but it pasted in larger than I had originally made it. And I can't just scale it down either. The icons in the pattern are too big. The box holding the pattern is the exact size it needs to be. 

I then tried to shrink the box holding the pattern in Illustrator and copy and paste that into Indesign:

Screen Shot 2021-06-01 at 2.06.52 PM.png

 

...

Really Indesign?

 

*Sigh* I'm just lost. I have no idea what to do. This seems like quite a bit of effort just to get some properly placed crop marks and color bars.

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 01, 2021 Jun 01, 2021
Hi @cjc83366448: Pasting isn't the best option. What happens when you use File > Place to place the native .ai file directly into InDesign? ~Barb 

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Jun 01, 2021 Jun 01, 2021

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Hi @cjc83366448:

 

Pasting isn't the best option. What happens when you use File > Place to place the native .ai file directly into InDesign?

 

~Barb 

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Hi Barb,

Looks like this worked out pretty well! I exported and did a test print, and it seemed to keep the intended quality. I should've tried this method in the first place, it just swept my mind. Thanks again.

-CJ

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That's great news, CJ. Glad you are back on track.

 

~Barb 

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