change color of imported Ai graphics inside Indesign

Explorer ,
Jan 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017

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Hello, when i import some vector graphics AI file inside indesign, how could i change its color inside indesign please?

I was searching all over the internet but without any solution yet...

Please help me.

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017
That's because there isn't any way to edit an Illustrator file in InDesign. You need to edit it in Illustrator. If it's a linked graphic, you can use Edit Original to open it in Illustrator. Save the change and it will be updated in InDesign.

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That's because there isn't any way to edit an Illustrator file in InDesign. You need to edit it in Illustrator. If it's a linked graphic, you can use Edit Original to open it in Illustrator. Save the change and it will be updated in InDesign.

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Ok, thank you for your reply. I work with indesign long time and i found that it would be great some time to be able to tweak some changes inside indesign as this one. I know about images imported from photoshop as bitmap greyscale color space into indesign where i am able to change color as saturation sort of thing... This works but vector graphics aren't able to change color.

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Vector files have much more complex formatting than a grid of pixels. I don't think you're likely to ever be able to do that in InDesign.

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Feb 13, 2021 Feb 13, 2021

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Is there a format you can save it in so you can change the colour in Indesign? 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 14, 2021 Feb 14, 2021

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Not for vector files.

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Feb 14, 2021 Feb 14, 2021

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I mean for Illustrator files?

 

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Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

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I mean for Illustrator files?


Illustrator files are vector files.

If the files are not too complex, you can copy-paste between Illustrator and InDesign then directly change the color of the shapes.

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Thank you! Much appreciated. 

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Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

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It depends on what you want to change. Technically, you cannot change the content of an imported image, whether Illustrator or Photoshop or something else, within InDesign. You can, however, selectively show and hide layers. One use for this is to keep all the colour versions of a logo (black only, white only, CMYK) in one Illustrator file with each version on its own layer. Access layer options when you place the file or by right clicking on the placed file and you can show or hide individual layers. This might serve your needs.

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Feb 14, 2021 Feb 14, 2021

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It is actually possible to use ink aliases in InDesign to change the colour (on output) of anything in the AI graphic that uses Pantone colours as well. See, e.g., https://creativepro.com/alias-one-color-swatch-to-another/

Sometimes this can be useful, especially for automated workflows.

If you're working manually on a file, though, probably the best is to Edit Original, as @Steve Werner mentioned.

 

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