Lets say I have a SWOP profiled photoshop image, when I import into indesign, do i still need to define the rendering intent?
I know there will be no harm, if the image's rendering intent in InDesign is exactly the same as the Photoshop. But do we need to do this extra step?
The rendering intent only matters when you're converting from one color space to another. It won't make a difference when just importing. You do, however, want to check your output preferences from ID, which, by default, are set to automatically convert on output to pdf. If all of your imported images are already good to go for output, then you want to make sure that No Color Conversions is chosen. And you probably want to choose zip rather than jpeg compression as well.