3 Replies Latest reply on Dec 2, 2016 4:40 AM by Laubender

    Adding color to greyscale images


      I feel like an idiot that I can't do this.


      Ever since I got the Creative Cloud version of Indesign I can't add color to a placed greyscale image. On earlier versions I could place a greyscale tif, use the Direct Selection Tool, then choose a swatch and it would be that color. Now nothing I do works. Can anyone enlighten me?





      P.S. I apologize if this has been answered previously...all searches I've done brought up answers for earlier versions.

        • 1. Re: Adding color to greyscale images
          JointyJr Level 3

          You can still do that - I did it on a project just the other day, but I use greyscale Jpegs, you could try that file format?

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          • 2. Re: Adding color to greyscale images
            leifm79928494 Level 1

            I KNEW it would be an easy answer. Ugh. THANK YOU.

            • 3. Re: Adding color to greyscale images
              Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Hi Sheila,

              you still can work with grayscale tif images and color them. At least you should be able to…
              I tested this with a sample tif graphic and InDesign CC 2017.


              Don't know, if that matters:
              Recently—around June 2016—with CC 2015.4 there was a bug with bitmap (not grayscale) images with version that was later fixed where the color was not visible. That bug was fixed in August with the release of InDesign CC 2015.4 v11.4.1.102.


              So what is the exact version of InDesign you are seeing this issue? What is your OS version?

              To get that information go to "About InDesign" while holding the cmd key when on Mac OSX.


              Or simply run that ExtendScript / JavaScript script snippet:


              alert( "InDesign-Version: "+app.version );