Why can't I copy/paste my gradient from Illustrator into InDesign?

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Nov 15, 2018 Nov 15, 2018

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I have followed every tutorial, reviewed every other forum on this, went step by step with all preferences and my gradient still pastes as an image. Is it the new update that refuses to copy/paste swatches between the two? Please help. Thank you.

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 16, 2019 Jun 16, 2019
Hi acew1981 ,the bug is fixed with InDesign CC 2019 14.0.2.324.Just tested with Illustrator 23.0.3 on Windows 10.Paste or Paste in Place was no difference. The gradient I copied over from Illustrator worked as expected.Also see the list of fixed bugs here:Fixed issues in InDesignRegards,Uwe

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Nov 18, 2018 Nov 18, 2018

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Laubender

Uwe, are you saying the bug is that we are only seeing the upper left corner, then?

May I ask how you got the numbers? Did you write a script? Can we see it in the Gradient panel?

I am not in my office to test, but what happens if we resize the frame or reapply the swatch?

Good sleuthing!

Jane

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Nov 18, 2018 Nov 18, 2018

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jane-e  wrote

Uwe, are you saying the bug is that we are only seeing the upper left corner, then? …

As my numbers are showing GradientFillStart and GradientFillLength are way off. We don't see the upper left corner.

With one of my samples start is off about 4700 pts ( 65 inches ) x-direction and about 4950 pts ( 68 inches ) in y-direction.

Also length with about 7100 pts ( 99 inches ).

One can reapply the gradient fill.

First apply a different swatch like [Black] and then the new gradient fill again.

However that would spoil the applied angle of the fill, if there is one. It will be reset to zero.

Also the fill start position, if there is a different one than the left edge of the rectangle.

jane-e  wrote

…May I ask how you got the numbers? Did you write a script? Can we see it in the Gradient panel?…

I got the numbers by exporting the pasted rectangle with the applied fill to IDMS, opened the IDMS file with a text editor and discovered the numbers. You could also write a script to fetch them. The numbers cannot be seen in the Gradient panel.

One could move the path points of the pasted rectangle to show more of the gradient fill applied.

But one needs to do that with unlikely huge numbers. I tried that and expanded the 100 x 100 pt rectangle to about 5 x 5 meters. Still I cannot see the whole gradient.

Also tested copy/paste with a rectangle where the gradient angle was 45° in Illustrator. The result with the pasted rectangle was a -0.566° angle as seen from the Gradient panel. That means: The gradient angle is not transferred as expected.

Regards,
Uwe

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 18, 2018 Nov 18, 2018

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All in all the best way to workaround the bug is:

1. Copy the object with the gradient in Illustrator CC 2019

2. Paste to a page in InDesign CC 2018.1, save and close the document.

3. Open the document from InDesign CC 2018.1 with InDesign CC 2019.

Or export an IDMS file or save as IDML from InDesign CC 2018.1 and place the IDMS file or open the IDML with CC 2019.

Regards,
Uwe

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Laubender

Hi Uwe,

Also, it's coming into InDesign as a Group:

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Nov 18, 2018 Nov 18, 2018

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That's nothing unusual and is not new. 🙂

If there is a stroke applied it will show as a group of objects:

Rectangle holding the stroke.

Graphic frame with a nested rectangle holding the fill.

Regards,
Uwe

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Jun 12, 2019 Jun 12, 2019

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I have just tried this several times and spent two days trying to figure out how to do this. I even contacted adobe about this and their support said it cannot be done. Out of frustration i kept trying many things. I decided to close out both indesign and illustrator. Created new files etc. Still no avail. I then copied the gradient object from illustrator and went into indesign and selected edit menu then "paste into place". it worked! I hope this helps someone else.

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Jun 13, 2019 Jun 13, 2019

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Hi aaronw22990910 ,

thank you very much for this contribution.

Currently I cannot test this with CC 2019.

What's your exact version of InDesign CC 2019?

What's your operating system?

Thanks,
Uwe

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Jun 13, 2019 Jun 13, 2019

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Adobe indesign 14.0.2

Adobe illustrator 23.0.3

Windows 10 64 bit

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 16, 2019 Jun 16, 2019

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Hi acew1981 ,

the bug is fixed with InDesign CC 2019 14.0.2.324.

Just tested with Illustrator 23.0.3 on Windows 10.

Paste or Paste in Place was no difference. The gradient I copied over from Illustrator worked as expected.

Also see the list of fixed bugs here:

Fixed issues in InDesign

BugFixed-CopyGradientFrom-AI-to-INDD.PNG

Regards,
Uwe

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Jun 17, 2019 Jun 17, 2019

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I can confirm on a Macintosh.

I successfully copied a gradient from Illustrator CC 2019 23.0.4 to InDesign CC 2019 14.0.2.324.

Illustrator gradient:

Screen Shot 2019-06-17 at 5.38.42 AM.png

Result copied into InDesign:

Screen Shot 2019-06-17 at 5.38.55 AM.png

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New Here ,
Jul 12, 2019 Jul 12, 2019

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If you have access to InDesign 2018 copy the art from your Illustrator file and paste it into a layout created in the 2018 version of InDesign and save the file. Then, you can copy the pasted art from the 2018 version of InDesign and paste it successfully into your 2019 version layout. It's a round-about way, but it worked for me.

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Explorer ,
Jul 05, 2020 Jul 05, 2020

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Not working again, Indesign 15.1.1 and Illustrator 24.2.1

 
 

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New Here ,
Jul 16, 2020 Jul 16, 2020

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Yes same here:Indesign 15.1.1 and Illustrator 24.2.1 on Mac OS 10.15.5 (19F101).
Copy paste a vector with a gradient from Illustrator does not work. The gradient is not scaling either.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 16, 2020 Jul 16, 2020

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Hi ClusterX,

what's your operating system?

 

Just tested a linear CMYK gradient with several color stops. The object with the gradient is pasted.

The bug I detected: Wrong colors! But I also have gradient samples where it worked. Have to test more…

 

CMYK gradient in Illustrator:

Copied-Gradient-1.PNG

 

Pasted result in InDesign:

PastedResult-Gradient-1.PNG

 

That's a totally differently bug, I think.

 

German Illustrator 24.2.1

German InDesign 15.1.1.103

on Windows 10

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Explorer ,
Jul 16, 2020 Jul 16, 2020

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Hi, Laubender.

My system is Win 10.

Now i have working copy/paste gradients. But i don't know what helped to me: some latest windows updates or clearing read only attribute of Indesign prefs folder. Because these two things i made before check.

 
 
 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 17, 2020 Jul 17, 2020

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Hi ClusterX,

do you still have the sample where you had issues with?

Somewhere there is indeed a bug, but I still cannot tell what exactly enforces it.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Jul 17, 2020 Jul 17, 2020

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BTW: Today I filed a bug (with Video) in the InDesign Support Portal. Check this: https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601180-adobe-indesign-bugs/suggestions/40932691-gradient-scali...

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