You can create designs in Photoshop CS5 and then import the native PSD
files from Photoshop directly into InDesign. InDesign CS5 provides you
with additional control over the designs after an image is imported
into a layout.
Using InDesign, you can import a layered Photoshop file, turn layers
on and off, or even layer comps to be placed. Follow these steps:
- Have a layered Photoshop file ready to place.
- Using InDesign, choose
- Browse to the location of a layered image file
- Select the file you want to import
- Select the Show Import Options check box, and then click Open.
A dialog box appears.
- Choose which Photoshop layers you want to use when placing a PSD file into your InDesign layout.
- Click the Layers tab and turn off and on the visibility of the layers you want to change
- Select a saved layer comp from the Layer Comp drop-down list.
- Click OK to close the Image Import Options dialog box.
Transparency support and clipping paths Many Photoshop files
use transparency. The transparency in the PSD files is imported and
interpreted by InDesign. This feature is particularly useful when you
have an established background or want to have interesting text wrap
around an image you import from Photoshop.
Basically, you can use the transparency as a clipping path in
InDesign. A clipping path resembles a hard-edged mask that hides parts
of an image, such as a background, that you don’t want visible around
a certain part of the image.
You can use alpha channels, paths, and masks that you create in
Photoshop in InDesign. InDesign recognizes these parts of the PSD
file, so you can use them when you’re wrapping text around the image
or when you want to create a clipping path.
Alternatively, you can also use these parts to remove a background
from the image. For example, if you have an image with one of these
assets, you can use the Detect Edges feature in InDesign to detect the
edges and wrap text around the image.
Photoshop spot colors in InDesign If you’re using spot colors in an
image you import from Photoshop, those colors show up in the Swatches
panel in InDesign. There is a chance that a color from your spot
colors channel won’t be recognized. If that’s the case, the color is
shown as gray instead.
You can use the swatches imported with the Photoshop file with other
parts of your file. Simply use the swatches as you would any other
swatch in InDesign. You can’t delete these swatches unless you remove
the Photoshop file that you imported into InDesign.