I have a simple line-art logo I created in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 from outlining text with a solid color and a cropped in the artboard to the logo's size. (1x1inch)

When I place it into a new InDesign CC 2015 document, it is just a transparent image in a box.

I already tried importing with options and changing the trim settings, which changed it from being a miniature box to a box the right size.

I've run into this with earlier version of Illustrator, where you had to have the Illustrator version to match Indesign or it wouldn't import right, but now I have both versions matching.

Any ideas?

  • You're saving with PDF compatibility on in Illustrator, right?
    – Scott
    Jul 23, 2015 at 3:25
  • No. And that fixed the problem! Kind of a dumb requirement for Adobe to make. Who would know?
    – MicDunDee
    Jul 23, 2015 at 3:36
  • Not really, this way it does not matter what the original application is. So if you would make your own app that saves data in a PDF file with your own extension then it would work regardless (Same applies to postscript)
    – joojaa
    Jul 26, 2015 at 6:57
  • Yea, but that option should be on by default, otherwise how would the user know that option was causing his troubles... if it weren't for this incredible forum? And your help. Thanks again.
    – MicDunDee
    Jul 31, 2015 at 16:03

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If you save your Illustrator file without "Create PDF Compatible file" selected in the Save As dialog, you will not get a preview when you place it in InDesign. Adobe should mend their ways.

Thank you Scott for providing the right solution.

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