Why Photoshop and InDesign complement each other
Posted on 1st November 2017
Categorised as indesign, photoshop, training, tutorial

Photoshop is undoubtedly one of the most recognised and well known software applications out of the Adobe portfolio of products. Predominantly used for enhancing photographs and creating graphics, it can also be used in conjunction with Adobe’s InDesign to create eye-catching print work such as flyers, magazines, portfolios – the list goes on.

InDesign is the industry-standard software for print and web publishing. Over the years, InDesign has seen a constant rise in popularity, due to an increase in interest for ebooks. The software has evolved from a relatively lightweight publishing application into a powerful and robust design tool. However, there are still some limitations, such as image editing – this is where Photoshop comes in.

How to use Photoshop and InDesign together

Whether you’re creating a magazine or instruction guide, you’ll want to import in some attractive imagery and graphics, helping bring your publication to life. To show you how to do this, we’ve included a few pointers in this article to help you use Photoshop alongside InDesign.

  1. Importing Files from Photoshop into InDesign

    Imagery can easily be imported into an InDesign document by selecting File > Place. From here you can select your Photoshop files (.PSD) of choice. If you want to import more than one file, you can use the left and right arrows to navigate through the files in your queue and place them where you wish.

    It’s important to note that it can come in very handy using PSD files when working in InDesign, instead of JPGs or PNGs. If you right click on a PSD document while in InDesign and select ‘edit original’ it will open up the file in Photoshop, allowing you to edit the image straight away, which will also automatically update within InDesign once saved.

  2. Place and Frame

    When creating page layouts, you may often want to put a border or “frame” around your images. This can easily be done in InDesign using the frame tool and selecting either rectangle, ellipse or polygon. Once you’ve selected the frame type of your choice, simply draw out the size on the document and reselect to place the Photoshop document within the frame using File > Place once again. This technique is useful if you want to paste images in similar sizes which is explained in more detail in the next bullet point.

    3. Fitting Images

    When placing an image into a frame you may find the image ratio is too large or small. To avoid this, select the frame, then go to Object > Fitting. There are a variety of options to choose from, but if you want the image to be the same size as the frame select ‘Fill Frame Proportionally’. On the other hand, if you want the frame to be the same size as the image, select ‘Fit frame to content’.

These bullet points are just a small number of suggestions as to how to use Photoshop and InDesign together, reducing time and improving efficiency. If you want to learn more about Photoshop and InDesign, make sure to book yourself onto one of our training courses.

We are currently running an offer where you can purchase both courses for just £400+VAT.

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