Does the (your) link have transparency? In my experience you cannot have a transparent background and color an image.
Use the Direct Selection tool to select the image and apply color.
My screen shot shows PS files - Default Grayscale on the left, transparent on the right.
My InDesign file is set to show baseline grid to show what elements are transparent.
You can color only images which are grayscale. You can use either TIF, PSD (flattened), or Bitmapped images (in Photoshop, under Image > Mode > Bitmap). Note that to create a Bitmap image, you need to start with a grayscale first. You cannot colorize a layered PSD file. To color one of the above formats, place the file in InDesign, then with the direct selection tool select the image and choose a color from the Swatches panel.
Hey Daniel & Mikey,
Thanks for your responses, but I'm still stuck with my same problem. I should have explained better - what I really need to do most here is relink the exact same file that the old designer was already using. I've moved files around and now the linked needs to be relinked. When I relink the exact same file that was working fine with the color applied before, I run into the same problem again. I cannot direct-select it and change the color of it. It's just not an option. This also happens if I create a new InDesign file and place that file in and try to do it fresh. She did something to that file to make it take a color, but I can't figure out what it might be!
Maybe some visuals will help me to explain...
This is the problem layer below. Let's call it "background". It's at 100% opacity, layer effect set on multiply in BOTH examples.
Here's how I want it to look. There are a few layers in here to create this effect. When I click on "background" with the selection tool, I do not see a color applied. However, if I click on it with the direct selection tool, you can see that a yellow color has been applied.
Now, when I relink the file (or place it myself), this is the result I get. You can see that "background" has reverted back to its greyscale state. When I try to select it once more with the direct selection tool, all the colors are greyed out and I can't apply a color.
Anyone know the answer to this puzzle?
Can you share this file?
Unfortunately, the background images are missing in the package file....
As it was written above your file has to be:
- Greyscale or bitmap (1-bit)
- Saved as TIFF or PSD
- No Layers
But your file Background.tif would meet these specification, Background6.tif not, because it is CMYK.
here is an analysis of your file--hopefully the attached pictures will make it clear how the object was created
note: transparency was used in several places--also the original had several RGB colors used and everything is on 'one' layer--but the pieces are 'stacked' with the transparent effects creating the appearance of layers.