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Using Photoshop Blending Modes In InDesign

Participant ,
Feb 18, 2020 Feb 18, 2020

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Hi everyone,

 

I'm trying to save myself many hours of work, and hope you can help out. The below image was shot on a marble slab, and there are many others like it. PSD files, when complete, will be placed in an InDesign layout with text and design elements. The Designer is going to want to nudge things around to fit the layout and will want to make sure all the marble backgrounds of all the images match.

 

My idea is this:

  1. Make one layer of precise masking of the elements
  2. Make a second layer below with a softer mask for the shadows
  3. Set the lower layer to "darken" blending mode
  4. In InDesign, place this photoshop image on top of a blank marble slab and repeat for the other images.

 

To do this, I need the "darken" blending mode to be represented in InDesign. Is this possible? Right now the lower layer is not carrying the blending mode over to InDesign. Using layer styles shadows in Photoshop or InDesign is not an option since they don't create cast shadows.

 

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Community Expert , Feb 18, 2020 Feb 18, 2020

If I can understand your question correctly then the answer is no. You can not use blending mode from photoshop to blend with some object in InDesign, blending mode will be applied and used to render image placed in InDesign but nothing beyond that.

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Feb 18, 2020 Feb 18, 2020

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If I can understand your question correctly then the answer is no. You can not use blending mode from photoshop to blend with some object in InDesign, blending mode will be applied and used to render image placed in InDesign but nothing beyond that.

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Feb 18, 2020 Feb 18, 2020

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Bummer. Thanks.

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Sep 23, 2021 Sep 23, 2021

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You can do it manualy in InDesign.
Duplicate the psd image in InDesign exactly in the same place. Select lower image and change Effects mode to Multiply, Darken or whatever You need. Then select top image and use Object Layer options to change layers visibility, switching off  shadow layers (You can switch on/off any layers in lower image too).
Then group both images for using as single object.

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Oct 26, 2022 Oct 26, 2022

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You can do this with a single photoshop support file by accessing the object layer options menu command in InDesign. You will need to duplicate the imported photoshop image in place and change their effect in InDesign.

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Oct 26, 2022 Oct 26, 2022

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Edit: I realize this is the same solution as "sinra" has proposed. I am not sure why their reply isn't indicated as the correct answer.

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Oct 26, 2022 Oct 26, 2022

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From Photoshop is blending not possible except reduced opacity.

But from Illustrator it is possible.

 

  1. Open a layered PSD file without blending mides in Illustrator (Illustrator has better filter for exchange with Photoshop than Photoshop)
  2. In Illustrator apply all transparency effects.
  3. Save as AI or PDF/X-4.
  4. Place that in InDesign.

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