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Free Video – InDesign: Working with Photoshop and Illustrator

Around here, we tend to think the world revolves around InDesign. But in the larger scheme, it is just one tool in the toolbox of designers and publishers. So in order to make your workflow really work, you need to make InDesign play nice with others, especially its sibling applications, Photoshop and Illustrator. And if you need to learn the fundamentals of how these apps work together (and when they sometimes don’t), David Blatner’s course, InDesign: Working with Photoshop and Illustrator has you covered.

Here’s the course description:

Switching between the “big three” graphic design programs in Adobe Creative Cloud can be riddled with tiny difficulties. But with a few simple workflow adjustments, you can smoothly integrate Illustrator and Photoshop artwork into InDesign, and vice versa.

Here David Blatner, cohost of InDesign, goes over placing images from Illustrator and Photoshop, copying and pasting InDesign artwork, managing color and transparency, and dealing with linked images, vectors, layers, and more. By the end of the course, you should be able to move seamlessly between the three tools, getting the results you want and without losing formatting, sharpness, or quality.

Topics include:

  • Placing Photoshop and Illustrator artwork in InDesign
  • Copying InDesign artwork into Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Sharing color swatches
  • Managing transparency in linked artwork
  • Keeping Photoshop text and vectors sharp
  • Converting images to CMYK

In the free video below, David shows what you need to know about copying and pasting InDesign artwork into Photoshop and Illustrator. Check it out!

Copying InDesign artwork into Illustrator or Photoshop

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Mike Rankin

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Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and Author of LinkedIn Learning courses on InDesign, Illustrator, GIMP, Inkscape, and Adobe Dimension.
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