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Importing transparent images into Indesign

Sep 3, 2013 2:16 AM

Tags: #problem #transparent #image #png #indesign #import #cs6

Hi guys,

 

Just started using Indesign cs6 and for the life of me can not work out how to import transparent pngs. All transparent images I import have their background changed to a white background. The image import options has an option to use transparency information, with either use white back ground (which is selected) or use file defined background colour.

 

I assume i should be using file defined background colour but its greyed out. Why is this option greyed out and how can I retain a transparent bg in my image? The image i'm importing is fireworks png file.

 

 

Cheers,

 

Ps. First post, so go easy on me

 
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    Sep 3, 2013 2:21 AM   in reply to itsjustforart

    I don't have Fireworks and I haven't made any Fireworks PNG files.

     

    I'm not sure how they work. But I believe that Fireworks PNGs can contain editable layers for Fireworks use only.

     

    This may be part of the issue of the transparent background - but as I say I have very limited knowledge of Fireworks.

     

    What I will say with some degree of comfort is that PNG is primarily a web format - and it's not a print format. Adobe InDesign is a page layout tool intended for Print on mechanical presses - and it's only recently it's been geared towards Web, ePub and  Flash creation.

     

    Perhaps the Fireworks PNG simply does not work with InDesign.

     

     

    Can you save that Fireworks PNG from Fireworks to say a TIF of PSD? Which may be better for importing to InDesign.

     

    The only other solution I can think of is to open that PNG file in Photoshop and save it as a Transparent PNG from there using File>Save for Web

     
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    Sep 3, 2013 2:22 AM   in reply to Eugene Tyson

    Eugene Tyson wrote:

     


    The only other solution I can think of is to open that PNG file in Photoshop and save it as a Transparent PNG from there using File>Save for Web

     

    Or save it from Photoshop as a TIF or PSD with transparency enabled would probably be best if the intent of the file is printing at a professional printers

     
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    Sep 3, 2013 2:29 AM   in reply to itsjustforart

    Open the PNG in Photoshop and make sure that it's a full 24-bit PNG (full transparency). Here's an example of a transparent PNG on a yellow background in InDesign:

     

    TxPNG.jpg

    As you can see above, you can tell in the Links panel whether it's really transparent. Use Photoshop to save as transparent TIFF or PSD (usually a better format for print, if that's what you're using it for).

     
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    Sep 3, 2013 2:28 AM   in reply to Steve Werner

    Yeh good point Steve - I always forget to mention the 24 Bit PNG piece.

     
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    Sep 3, 2013 2:31 AM   in reply to itsjustforart

    It's been a long time since I wrote and taught Fireworks, but the Fireworks png format is a special one, just for Fireworks use.

     

    Try saving the optimized version of the file as a regular png with transparency. That's the same as Steve's suggestion to opening in Photoshop. (Us Fireworks users never open Photoshop!)

     

    If it still doesn't work, I'll download Fireworks and run some tests.

     
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    Sep 3, 2013 5:06 AM   in reply to itsjustforart

    Are you sure the frame isn't filled with white? I've used PNG files a lot with DPS and haven't had any issue at all with them whether from FW or PS.

     
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    Sep 4, 2013 4:23 AM   in reply to itsjustforart

    Dragging and dropping open png's from Photoshop to InDesign is EXACTLY the problem.

     

    You're dragging only an 8-bit preview image that has no actual transparency.

     

    PLACE! PLACE! PLACE! Cmd/Ctrl-D.

     
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