Importing a PDF into InDesign is easier than you think! InDesign is an excellent tool for creating printable documents and design. It may be out of your control in which someone may supply you with a PDF instead of the original artwork file (often an InDesign .indd file). This may be for a few reasons. […]

Importing a PDF into InDesign is easier than you think!
InDesign is an excellent tool for creating printable documents and design. It may be out of your control in which someone may supply you with a PDF instead of the original artwork file (often an InDesign .indd file). This may be for a few reasons. They may not have access to the original artwork, or it may be that the original is forbidden to be distributed, to reduce risk of it being tampered with. It may be that it was simply created as a PDF from the start. There’s no harm in asking the provider if they have the original artwork file, as they may be unaware that it’d be helpful. If they don’t have it, then follow these easy steps for importing your PDF into InDesign.

While InDesign cannot help you regain editability of the PDF, you can easily import it into your master document. This saves you from spending unnecessary time re-making the whole PDF again from scratch.

Follow this step-by-step guide:

  1. Open Adobe InDesign.
  2. On the menu bar at the top of your window, click File> New > Document. Alternatively, if you have a home start-up screen, you may see Create New, on the left-hand side. Click on that.
  3. Set up your template by using the page dimensions and the number of pages of the PDF you’ll be importing.
  4. Again go to the menu bar. Click File > Place.
  5. When the dialogue box appears, make sure to tick “Show Import Options”. This will allow you to import more than just the first page of your PDF. You can select options such as “Current Page”, “All”, or “Range”.
  6. You’ll see a tiny preview PDF icon ready for you to click on the relevant page in the InDesign document. Click once on page one, to drop the first page of your PDF onto that page. Scroll down to your next page to then click and drop your second PDF page, and so on.
  7. Keep in mind that the top left corner of your PDF page will sit wherever you click, so it is advisable to click on the top left corner of the InDesign page. You can always align your page by using the “Align” tools, or by manually dragging and following the “Snap To Guides”.

If you find that your document needs a little bit more working on than you had expected, we have a Design Studio and a Pre-Press team who have extensive experience. Have a chat with us, and we can put you through to the right person to help assist you.
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