4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 26, 2018 12:24 AM by cmoke73

    Smart Object from InDesign

    cmoke73 Level 1


      By preparing a newsletter I use (in a master document) smart objects. They can be edited in Illustrator. Its okay, but when I have a prize like "only 12,99 $" I need the possibility to work with character styles inside a paragraph style. Like: make the first four characters of this paragraph like this, make the next two characters like that ...

      That's why I want the object to open in InDesign. There are more possibilities to work with text.


      Is this feasible?



        • 1. Re: Smart Object from InDesign
          c.pfaffenbichler Level 9

          Newsletter as in digitally distributed or printed?


          Character Styles exist in Photoshop so why Smart Objects in the first place?

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          • 2. Re: Smart Object from InDesign
            cmoke73 Level 1

            Is digital, but it doesn´t matter. You can´t combine character styles in a paragraph style by Photoshop or Illustrator (nested styles). Like in InDesign:



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            • 3. Re: Smart Object from InDesign
              Conrad C Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Because Photoshop does not read the InDesign file format directly, there's no way to directly import an InDesign file as a Smart Object.


              The closest you will get is by using Place Linked on a PDF file of the InDesign document:

              1. Export the InDesign document as Adobe PDF.

              2. In Photoshop, choose File > Place Linked, select the PDF and click Place.

              3. If it's a multiple-page PDF file, you can now select which page you want.

              4. Place the page. It is now in the Photoshop document as a linked PDF Smart Object.


              When you want to update the text in the linked PDF Smart Object:

              1. Open the InDesign file that generated the PDF.

              2. Make your edit.

              3. Export the PDF the same way you did before, completely replacing the earlier version. (If nothing else has changed, this should be as quick and easy as pressing the Export shortcut, pressing Enter/Return, and confirming the overwrite of the same file name.)

              4. Switch back to Photoshop. Photoshop will automatically update the pages you placed when it notices that the linked PDF has changed.


              No, it isn't as easy as opening directly from Photoshop back into InDesign, but at least you don't have to do anything in Photoshop, since it will automatically update the linked PDF.

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              • 4. Re: Smart Object from InDesign
                cmoke73 Level 1

                Hi Conrad. Thanks for the hint.

                Yes, that could be a solution if one works with the object once a month. I have searched for a quick (and accurate) way to handle prize-changes in the newsletter. Even when somebody new is working with the master-documents, to offer an easy way to work with them: just leth them mark the whole text and typeing the new content, without care about formating.

                That´s like the prizes looks like:

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                Of course it also works with Illustrator (I do not want to do it in PS because it's supposed to stay one object, background and text), but then you have to change the elements one by one: first "only" then $ and then cent.


                It's not a tragedy, just a small part of the workflow I wanted to optimize.