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Library: Creative Design

 

Add variety to your layouts using Photoshop layer comps in InDesign

Added on Monday 15th of February 2010 04:53 am EST

 

Where were Photoshop layers and layer comps the last time you needed to present multiple compositions of a page layout to a client? The layers and (since Photoshop CS) layer comps probably existed in your image files, but the ability to access them from within InDesign didn’t. Therefore, your only recourse was to save and place each version as a separate file—a time-consuming method at best. Thankfully, all that has changed! Using the image shown in Figure A, we’ll demonstrate how InDesign CS2 and CS3 allow you to control the visibility of layers and layer comps when they exist in Photoshop files.



Note: To work along with us, download the image file we use in this example from the URL listed at the beginning of this article. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modified for educational purposes.)


Follow the rules
Controlling layer visibility in InDesign is a fairly simple concept. As with all new technology, though, there are certain guidelines. Please heed the following to ensure your files print...