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Placing Illustrator file into InDesign 2020 - Bleeds aren't visible!

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Dec 26, 2019

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I've found an issue with placing an illustrator file into InDesign 2020 - the bleeds don't seem to always want to come with it. It seems to happen sometimes, but not all of the time!

In addition to adding bleed to your elements in Illustrator, the Illustrator document setup needs to include bleed. (you probably did, I just want to make this clear). If you still have the file from two weeks ago, is it still doing the same thing? re-saving it in Illustrator might fix it, or saving as a PDF (using the Illustrator default settings) should fix it.

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Placing Illustrator file into InDesign 2020 - Bleeds aren't visible!

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I've found an issue with placing an illustrator file into InDesign 2020 - the bleeds don't seem to always want to come with it. It seems to happen sometimes, but not all of the time!

In addition to adding bleed to your elements in Illustrator, the Illustrator document setup needs to include bleed. (you probably did, I just want to make this clear). If you still have the file from two weeks ago, is it still doing the same thing? re-saving it in Illustrator might fix it, or saving as a PDF (using the Illustrator default settings) should fix it.

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Select show options when placing the file and make the appropriate choices.

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Check your import Crop options (check box at then bottom of the import dialog, or hold the shift key when double-clikcing or choisng Open. You will want to choose Bleed.

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That wasn't making a difference with it.

I set bleed in the Illustrator file which seemed to fix it. But we had an instance (I work for a marking department in a corporation) two weeks ago where whether the .ai was saved with or without bleed and no matter what we chose in the Import box it wasn't working. Seems we have to try all the things and hope at some point it works.

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In addition to adding bleed to your elements in Illustrator, the Illustrator document setup needs to include bleed. (you probably did, I just want to make this clear). If you still have the file from two weeks ago, is it still doing the same thing? re-saving it in Illustrator might fix it, or saving as a PDF (using the Illustrator default settings) should fix it.

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Luke, thank you so, so much for being on the ball and posting this answer. As a book designer, I just received cover files from a professional illustration company, and when importing the front and back cover files into my InD file, nothing I did or tried (just as with @katem52382870 who originally posed the question) would bring the bleed along with. I have learned a new and valuable Illustrator tip today. If this pro cover design company ever misses this step again, I'll be able to fix it on my end and to tell them the problem so they can avoid in future. (Hopefully it was just an oversight on their part this time!) Thanks again!

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