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Paste an object from Illustrator to InDesign without formatting loss

Community Beginner ,
Feb 13, 2024 Feb 13, 2024

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Greetings!

 

So I basically just wanted to copy and paste an object I made with Illustrator to InDesign, which usually always worked. But this time, when I pasted the object into InDesign, the object appeared a bit different and I can't figure out the issue.

 

I attached the files here and how it looks to me in InDesign, hopefully someone can help!

(I've been working with default app and saving settings so far)

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Community Expert , Feb 13, 2024 Feb 13, 2024

Two suggestions:

1. File > Place an Illustrator file into InDesign

IOW, rarely copy n paste anything other than the simplest drawing from Illustrator to InDesign.

2. Save-As any old eps file as a native .ai file in Illustrator. Place .ai files into InDesign

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Feb 13, 2024 Feb 13, 2024

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Two suggestions:

1. File > Place an Illustrator file into InDesign

IOW, rarely copy n paste anything other than the simplest drawing from Illustrator to InDesign.

2. Save-As any old eps file as a native .ai file in Illustrator. Place .ai files into InDesign

Mike Witherell

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Feb 13, 2024 Feb 13, 2024

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Oh wow, I totally forgot about that placing tool...

Thank you so much, Mike!

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Feb 13, 2024 Feb 13, 2024

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You need to 'expand the appearance' of the circle with the dashed line first.

 

RvdT_0-1707841181951.png

 

Then expand the stroke.

RvdT_1-1707841223991.png

 

RvdT_2-1707841239380.png

 

now you can copy paste from ai to indd

 

You could also place / drag drop the eps in inDesign without expanding the appearance.

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No offense, but that is a poor approach. The right approach is:

Don't copy n paste (which is limited to a max of 500 anchor points, IIRC)

Don't use EPS. Use .AI Illustrator files.

Mike Witherell

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Hello again Mike,

I usually do use .AI files but I somehow couldn't attach that file type.

 

Thanks to you two for helping me with this case anyway!

Both ways worked!

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Thank you!

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