I have a 100 page graphic novel in Indesign and I need to apply an adjustment of the Brightness and Contrast of every image in the file to accommodate the quirks of a particular printer. This is an output function. I do not want to edit the original images just to accommodate this particular printer. I want to tell Indesign 'adjust the contract of all images x amount' for example. Is this possible?

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    printer = machine or printer = print provider?
    – Yorik
    Apr 2, 2015 at 20:19
  • print provider. Amazon CreateSpace to be precise. They're printing everything VERY dark and their advice to me was 'so brighten everything up'.
    – Ryan
    Apr 2, 2015 at 20:26
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    i doubt you can do this as you outline it. One solution might be to copy all the images to a folder and batch alter them, linking them in to your document. Keep the originals in another folder. But i am no expert on InDesign.
    – benteh
    Apr 2, 2015 at 20:27
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    Other than its (spiritual) ancestor PageMaker, InDesign has no facilites to edit images. You could use Copy All Links to gather themminto a single folder and then batch process with Photoshop or another image processor.
    – Jongware
    Apr 2, 2015 at 20:59
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    There are some things you 'Could' do in Indesign, but other than using the correct color profile they won't be easy. - If you really need to adjust all the images, use Benteh's suggestion and batch them in Photoshop, then relink.
    – Rsiel
    Apr 2, 2015 at 21:23

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This will be so easy if you are using Adobe Lightroom beside Indesign.

Simply make a collection into Adobe Lightroom and batch adjust your collection or adjust images one by one and save. the saved images will reflect immediately into Indesign. and export to that particular printer. if you want to revert to the original images, all you have to do is to access your collection again through Lightroom and remove all setting you did before.

That's it.

You don't have to copy the collection manually from folder to another, Lightroom is doing the job to you and keep history of all setting you did in your collection, that's mean you can apply the setting again.


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