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Editing Contrast / Brightness inside InDesign

New Here ,
May 02, 2008

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In Quark you can go and edit any image by right clicking an image going to Picture Effects then Adjusments followed by "Brightness/Contrast" . I was wondering if it is possible to edit images on the fly like that in InDesign and if so how? Messing with the Opacity of the object seems to work a little bit but i'm sure that's not what you are suppost to do.

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Editing Contrast / Brightness inside InDesign

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In Quark you can go and edit any image by right clicking an image going to Picture Effects then Adjusments followed by "Brightness/Contrast" . I was wondering if it is possible to edit images on the fly like that in InDesign and if so how? Messing with the Opacity of the object seems to work a little bit but i'm sure that's not what you are suppost to do.

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May 02, 2008

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Can't, and thank goodness. You want to edit an image? Use an image editor. You can add adjustment layers to your image and save as PSD. InDesign will let you turn those adjustment layers on and off, but not edit them.

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Jul 10, 2020

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Sorry, this comes across as one of the most insulting and idiotic responses I've seen in a long time, and from someone who promotes themself as a professional.  If a user has a need, then that need is *not* something you should be glad they can't do.  Having been a photographer for over 20 years, and now trying to grapple with the intricacies of having to deal with varying printer configurations, the concept of having to return to an image editor and edit each photo instead of being able to have the option of adjusting the output contrast of a page seems *VERY* reasonable to ask.

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Jul 11, 2020

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The post you are responding to is from 2008, so you might want to start a new thread.

 

Having been a photographer for over 20 years, and now trying to grapple with the intricacies of having to deal with varying printer configurations,

 

The CC print applications deal with different print destinations via a comprehensive color management system, so you shouldn’t have to adjust placed images for different devices.

 

The recommended workflow today (as opposed to 2008) would be to place profiled RGB images, and make a conversion for the specific destination device during the Export to PDF, or at output in the RIP. For example you can work in a wide gamut RGB space like AdobeRGB, and convert to any CMYK space on the PDF export, and get the best CMYK values for that destination. Or, the destination could be to an RGB driven inkjet printer, and the Export color could be left unchanged (default PDF/X-4). The conversion for the specific Inkjet device and media would be made in the print driver—the source AdobeRGB color to the  media ICC profile.

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Dec 06, 2010

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You can use AppleScript if you're a Mac user. Here is the link of an AppleScript I wrote for InDesign CS4: http://rahmetli.info/en/brightness-and-contrast-adjustment-in-indesign-cs4-mac/

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Sep 28, 2016

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Holy cow, NOT thank goodness. Maybe for people creating anything other than a newspaper, but when creating a newspaper, an ability to adjust the picture effects on the page is vital. We adjust everything in Photoshop, but we still have to adjust it once it's on the page, as well, as it always imports darker than we had it in Photoshop and, if left like that, will run dark on our press.

I'm beginning to think InDesign is a bust for newspapers. No Smart Fit, no photo adjusting, no feeding multiple stories into the same text box... ugh.

Does anyone happen to have a script for Windows that will allow the picture effects to be adjusted in InDesign?

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Sep 28, 2016

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but we still have to adjust it once it's on the page, as well, as it always imports darker than we had it in Photoshop and, if left like that, will run dark on our press.

Are these grayscale images? See #11-13 here:

https://forums.adobe.com/message/4482662#4482662#4482662

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Sep 28, 2016

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You are only getting a preview in InDesign. If you’re pleased with it in Photoshop that is how it should print.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 28, 2016

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If you’re pleased with it in Photoshop that is how it should print.

Peter's #7 in my link above explains how to match grayscale previews (I was assuming the placed images are grayscales) between PS and ID.

Coated profiles like the default US SWOP Coated or 20% Dot Gain aren't likely to provide an accurate preview for newsprint. On newsprint, shadows print lighter and highlights print darker and there tends to be more dot gain in the middle—a good newsprint profile will preview those differences.

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Jul 11, 2020

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"no feeding multiple stories into the same text box..."

Try Indesign + InCopy: Multiple stories in multiple boxes in the same document (and many other insteresting features).

Many newspapers use InDesign but you have to develop a workflow that uses all it's strengths, either native of by means of third party plugins. It takes time and training, though.

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