I have InDesign CS5 on Mac OS X 10.6.7 Snow Leopard, and created a new transparency flattener style called test1 as a preset.

I'm interested to know, where is my custom preset stored on Mac OS X; could I copy it to InDesign CS6 if I decide to install it so I don't have to re-create it?

I understand how to create them, that's not the issue, it's about where they are that I'm wondering.

All advice is much appreciated; I'm new to this area of InDesign.


You can export or save those wherever you like on your hard drive. Do a "find" on your Mac and search for "test1" and you will see where you exported it to. Adobe themselves offers this advice:

To export a preset to a separate file, click Save (InDesign) or Export (Illustrator), specify a name and location, and then click Save. Consider saving the preset outside of the application’s preferences folder. That way, it won’t be lost if you delete your preferences. To import presets from a file, click Load (InDesign) or Import (Illustrator). Locate and select the file containing the preset you want to load, and then click Open.

You can see the full Adobe article here.

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Dig around in these directories.

~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/
~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS5.1 Settings/
~/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign/
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