How to Convert PSD to Indesign

by Kiva Bottero
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The Adobe Creative Suite links all of its products together, making it easy to convert files. To convert a Photoshop PSD file to InDesign's INDD format, you import the image into a new InDesign file. Once you've imported the file into InDesign, the Creative Suite lets you edit the original PSD file in Photoshop and it will automatically update the file in InDesign. Use Photoshop's many image editing features to make dazzling graphics and then import them into InDesign to prepare them for print.

Step 1

Click "File," then "New" and then select "Document" in Adobe InDesign. Click "OK."

Step 2

Click "File" and then "Place." Select your PSD file and click "OK." Your PSD file has now been inserted into InDesign.

Click "File" and then "Save As." Choose a location for your file and type in a file name. Click "Save." Your document is now saved as an InDesign file.


  • Depending on your display settings, your PSD image may appear to have a low resolution. The display setting does not affect the output resolution of the file. You can change your display settings by clicking on "View" and then "Display Performance."
  • You can copy and paste a Photoshop file directly to InDesign. This method, however, breaks the link to the original graphic, so you can no longer update the PSD file directly in Photoshop.


Photo Credits

  • John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images

About the Author

As a freelance writer and editor since 2006, Kiva Bottero's work has appeared in magazines such as "Healing Path," "Green Living" and "Synergy." He started Mindful Word online magazine to explore his love of mindfulness and engaged living. Bottero holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Western Ontario and studied magazine publishing at Ryerson University.

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