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Pack Links as pngs

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Sep 18, 2023 Sep 18, 2023

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Hi All,

 

How do I pack all my images & graphics from my file as pngs? 
I would like them to be exported in their frame, not the whole image.

 

Thanks!

 

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Sep 18, 2023 Sep 18, 2023

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Are the links present or broken?

Have you tried selecting the image frame and then copy/pasting into Photoshop?

Mike Witherell

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Sep 18, 2023 Sep 18, 2023

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How do I pack all my images & graphics from my file as pngs? 

Do you mean "package"? As in File > Package? If that's the question, then no. Package doesn't have the ability to change file formats.

 

InDesign is a page layout program and doesn't offer us the option to modify graphic formats anywhere. As Mike said, Photoshop can change image file formats. Also, a frame is used to set display edges of a placed graphic in InDesign but it doesn't crop it. You'll have to do that in Photoshop, too.

 

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If you select a single linked image and go to File -> Export, you can choose .PNG as a filetype to export. That spawns a dialog that allows you to pick resolution, color space, and whether you're exporting just the selection, a page range, or the entire document. If you choose "Selection" then it exports only the image that is visible in the frame.

 

You'd get better results if you just opened the source image in Photoshop, of course... cropped to match the frame in InDesign, and exported at your desired resolution. I don't have a lot of faith in the quality of PNGs exported from ID. InDesign is not, as Barb points out above, really fit to purpose for this task.

 

If you're looking at a very large number of images, all in the same colorspace, it might be worth it to whomp up some Javascript that loops through all of the placed images in the document and exports each Selection to PNG with hardcoded resolution and RGB colorspace. 

 

 

 

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Honestly Joel, I completely overlooked that selection allows you to export just the image. I've only used it to export a page. And it crops it to the frame window. So other than no, you can't do with with File > Package, disregard the rest of my first answer, @Fabienne29091649x7ss

 

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