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Moving Text Styles from InDesign to Illustrator and Photoshop

InDesign Magazine Issue 121: Big DesignThis article appeared in Issue 121 of InDesign Magazine.

Steve Werner dives into the details of getting your styles “to go.”

You have a problem: You’re creating assets (either by yourself or in collaboration with others) for a project with different components to be created in InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Of course, you need to maintain brand consistency in text formatting—including fonts, sizes, color, and so on. Yes, you could painstakingly re-create the same formatting in all three programs. But if you already have the right paragraph and character styles in InDesign, wouldn’t it be much more efficient if you could somehow move those styles over to Photoshop and Illustrator?

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Steve Werner

Steve Werner

Steve Werner is a trainer, consultant, and co-author (with David Blatner and Christopher Smith) of InDesign for QuarkXPress Users and Moving to InDesign. He has worked in the graphic arts industry for more than 20 years and was the training manager for ten years at Rapid Lasergraphics. He has taught computer graphics classes since 1988.
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2 Comments on “Moving Text Styles from InDesign to Illustrator and Photoshop

  1. “…including fonts, sizes, color, and so on ?”
    Hm. One important property is missing if you exchange formatted text assets between InDesign, Illustrator and PhotoShop: “Language”. So “brand consistency” cannot be maintained automatically.

    Regards,
    Uwe

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