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How to export Indesign to Photoshop ?

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Hi,

I would like to convert Indesign files to Photoshop files.

How do I get Photoshop files in which all image frames in Indesign are separate layers in Photoshop, and all text frames are converted to text layers in Photoshop ?

Is there a plugin or script people can use ?

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How to export Indesign to Photoshop ?

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Hi,

I would like to convert Indesign files to Photoshop files.

How do I get Photoshop files in which all image frames in Indesign are separate layers in Photoshop, and all text frames are converted to text layers in Photoshop ?

Is there a plugin or script people can use ?

Thanx

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Hi,

You can try a workaround that solves the same problem as yours on the below two links...

https://indesignsecrets.com/save-indesign-files-layered-photoshop-files.php

How to Open an INDD File With Photoshop | Chron.com

-Aman

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Hi Aman,

Thank you you for your reply. However, the script doesn't retain text specifications.

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As a matter of interest, what is your proposed final output?

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Hi Derek,

One of the output options is to export to html using a 3th party plugin in Photoshop.

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To what purpose?

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Then why Photoshop? For that matter why InDesign?

There are a lot of webcentric apps out there. Too numerous to even name without know exactly what you need. A full description would help us help you.

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All content is already located and formatted in native Indesign files, used for print. New output options are required, one of them is the web. I'm looking for quick and easy to use conversion solutions.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
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Try in5 from AjarProductions.com.

Again, though, just saying the content has to go to the web is not helpful. Is this a WordPress site, Muse? Something bigger? Custom coded?

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Cant stress enough the importance of being allowed to ask for what purpose the information is required.

Without proper understanding of what is required how do you expect get the best help?

Simply asking how to achieve something in the only you see it, is often not the best or most efficient way.

In this instance, trying to convert InDesign jobs to Photoshop for the use in 'web', is unlikely to end in the best results.


By limiting your spectrum of answers you have now put off people from perhaps showing how to to do it in a better way.

I use InDesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver as part of a workflow for web projects.

InDesign's only real use is for designing the initial concepts, until it can export to Adobe XD, i can't see what other purpose it might serve.

Design Concepts in ID > Create html/css code in Dreamweaver > use Photoshop for creating/optimising images

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Andy_Baz  wrote

In this instance, trying to convert InDesign jobs to Photoshop for the use in 'web', is unlikely to end in the best results.

   

   I would like to convert Indesign files to Photoshop files.

I agree with Andy—otherwise the answer could be File > Export > JPEG for use "in web" or to "convert InDesign to PS".

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I wrote the script out of frustration with Photoshop's typesetting tools—have been using PS since the 1.0 beta and still despise the way it handles type.

InDesign can be faster for web or email wireframing, so the script can be useful for moving a layered version over to Photoshop for final effects or slicing.

It can also be useful for compositing transparency, which Photoshop handles better than InDesign. Sometimes I'll do an initial layout with complex transparency in InDesign and move the layers over to PS for fine tuning, and then replace the ID transparency with a single layered PSD in the layout.

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Thanks again rob. these forums can be properly useful at times when they're not full of 'you don't wanna do it like that' people

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andy mate - if people are old enough to ask a question in an adobe forum then they're pretty much able to decide what and why they want to do it and need clear answers rather than unsolicited advice. you have your way & that's great. it's not everyones way tho. all the best.

can't stress that enough.

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Hello! I'm trying to do the same thing because I create templates in Photoshop but would like to save them as Photoshop files (separate artboards) for people who don't use InDesign. Seems tedious to redesign the two.

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There are some web developers that will accept a layered Acrobat pdf which has been exported from an InDesign layout. This type of pdf will be flattened when it's opened in Photoshop but some developers are able to copy and paste text and images from the layers of the pdf in Acrobat.

To make this type of pdf use the Export Adobe pdf option with the compatibility set to Acrobat 6 (PDF 1.5) or above and make sure that "Create Acrobat layers" and "Export Layers:" is set to "All Layers".

The only other alternative I've found for this is to export to a high quality pdf or eps and open the document through Illustrator. When you do this the text will come in in multiple insertion points and must be meticulously fixed as area type. Then every thing in the layout will have to be moved into layers to match the InDesign file. The upside of all this work is that you can then go through File>Export>Export as:>Photoshop (psd). This psd should accurately match the layers and formatting of the retooled Illustrator file. It's a huge pain but it should work.

In any case, if you try either of the above make sure that the InDesign file is set up in pixels and RGB.

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any luck with this - apart from people asking why you want to do it? (not the most helpful responses!) - I need to do the same - please don't waste time asking why

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How and why almost always go together. This is an open forum. If you want help ask for it but putting conditions on it is one really good way to be ignored.

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well 'thanks' and 'I wasn't' but really appreciate your not at all helpful reply.

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davideverywherebrand  wrote

any luck with this - apart from people asking why you want to do it? (not the most helpful responses!) - I need to do the same - please don't waste time asking why

Aman gave you a link to a InDesign Secrets article where there is a link to Rob Day's script PageToPSLayersv6.

This script is written in AppleScript so you cannot use it on a Windows machine. Furthermore: Text frames are not converted to PhotoShop text layers. All data will be present as Smart Objects in PhotoShop, I think…

Regards,
Uwe

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very much appreciated - saved me 3 hours today!

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superb - thanks rob & Uwe - works very well indeed - much appreciated!!

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dont do that..  use IN5 to go from indesign to HTML..

Export HTML5 from InDesign with in5 - Home

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