I've got an InDesign doc ready for to send over to someone. Along with it I've got an images folder full of placed images that the InDesign file references.

While I was making my document lots of images went into this image file, but now it's gone through several iterations and not all of them are still needed/in use.

To keep things simple when I send over this file I only want to send over the images that are actually used. Is there a simple way to get InDesign to export a copy of all its linked files into a 'master' folder?

1 Answer 1


This is one of the problems that File > Package solves.

It will scan for any problems (e.g. missing linked files) then copy the document, all the linked images and fonts into a new folder.

  • This works perfectly for what i want it for but i was wandering if this is meant for printing, cant you just submit a print ready pdf to the printer ?
    – sam
    Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 19:15
  • Also do you know if theres an option to export the indesign file as an indesign markup file (for cross version use)
    – sam
    Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 19:16
  • 2
    @sam: For things that are not a simple single-page document, I usually submit a print-ready PDF AND the full package to a printer. For complicated documents, it may be necessary for your printer to do some pre-press {magic} that requires or would be better performed using the source files.
    – horatio
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 16:25
  • @sam I only ever submit press-ready PDFs. I haven't supplied an Indesign package in several years. The reality is you need to ask what the printer wants. Many print providers will accept (and actually prefer) getting PDFX/1-a PDFs.
    – Scott
    Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 1:02

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.