Recheck the cmyk requirements. Currently many comercial printers use RBG, and only hi end 4 color printers use the cmyk method.
Save as .psd, has non-lossy compression, and you can place in InDesign.
Yes, when I save simply as "Photoshop" I can place it in InDesign but I lose the transparency, i.e. I get a white background. Also, I don't know what you mean by "non-lossy compression".
In CS6 I have multiple Photoshop save possibilities:
- Photoshop EPS
- Photoshop 2.0
- Photoshop RAW
- Photoshop DCS 1.0
- Photoshop DCS 2.0
Would it matter to select something other than "Photoshop"?
This project will probably require high end printing...
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Try saving as a PDF and placing that in ID. But your PSD should work. In ID, check the box for the import options in the Place dialog.
Thank you! This was quite helpful, as it did indeed work, but it brings me another question...
The following indentical versions have all been saved in Photoshop to be use in InDesign for print media:
- PDF ver. is 11.3 Mb
- PNG ver. is 22.9 Mb <-- will only save in RGB (I need it in CMYK)
- TIF ver. was 7.1 Mb <-- this one would not maitain a transparent background and is therfore not useful
- JPG ver. was 2.1 Mb <-- also without a transparent background
The only version that consistently works and prints well is the PDF.
My question is this: Does InDesign care how large (how many Megabytes) my images are? Will my printer care? i.e. What are the pros & cons of the file size for InDesign and when I take the project to my printer.
Please understand that I am a relative newbie to the desktop publishing & graphic design world. I believe I would be catagorized as an "advanced beginner" and a good student.
Thank you for any insight you can give,
A TIFF should save a transparent background. From a previous post.
There’s no transparency support in tiffs
That is not correct - TIFF supports transparency.
Some other applications may not support TIFF transparency correctly, but the file format does support it, and Photoshop's TIFF code supports transparency.
Yes, when I save simply as "Photoshop" I can place it in InDesign but I lose the transparency
You seem to be doing something wrong then.
psd supports transparency and Indesign can handle psd files.
Could you please post a screenshot with the Layers Panel visible?
WIll you pass on the indd file or a pdf?
In the latter case working with placed rgb images is OK because one can separate on pdf export (for example PDF/X-1).
Yes, when I save simply as "Photoshop" I can place it in InDesign but I lose the transparency, i.e. I get a white background [...]
Make sure Layers is enabled in the Save As dialog when saving to PSD, PSB, TIFF or PDF, otherwise the file will contain an opaque flattened image.
A TIFF should save a transparent background.
When I place in InDesign (both CS3 and CS6) a transparent tif image (CMYK) there is a difference between those created in Photoshop CS3 (correct) and CS6 (white background).
Obviously there is some difference in the way how both versions of Photoshop save tif files with transparency.
No, there is no difference in how Photoshop writes TIFF files with transparency.
There was a bug in InDesign with how they read TIFF files, and I'm not certain when they fixed that.
I don't think so. Both CS3 and CS6 InDesign behave correctly with placed Photoshop CS3 tif with transparency image files. With Photoshop CS6 ones they don't. It's easy to prove.
I know that Photoshop's TIFF structure did not change (it can't, otherwise it wouldn't follow the TIFF spec and many applications would fail to read the files correctly). And I know that InDesign had an error in the way they parse metadata from TIFF files that caused InDesign to handle transparency incorrectly. What changed was the metadata being written, plus the bug in InDesign reading metadata. InDesign fixed that bug years ago, but I'm not certain which version of InDesign it was fixed in.
EDIT: With the new InDesign CS6 update (8.1) Photoshop CS6 tifs with transparency import correctly now.