Chapter 9. Exporting Documents for Printing and as Graphics

In This Chapter

  • Understanding file formats

  • Exporting to different file formats

You can export publications into several different kinds of file formats from InDesign, just as you can import various kinds of file formats. In this chapter, we take a closer look at the different kinds of files you can create electronically from an InDesign document. If you need to export an interactive document as either a PDF or Flash file, see Chapter 8 of this minibook.

Understanding File Formats

The kind of file you decide to create by exporting depends on your needs. The first thing to determine is where you'll use the exported file. For example, you might need to

  • Put an image of your InDesign document or page on the Web

  • Send an entire document to someone who doesn't have InDesign but wants to receive it by e-mail

  • Import the content into a different program, such as Macromedia Flash or Adobe Illustrator

  • Take a particular kind of file somewhere else to print it

Exporting InDesign documents lets you make them "portable" so that they can be used in different ways — such as on the Web or in another program. You can choose from the many file formats InDesign supports, and you can control many settings related to the files you create.

Some of the file formats you can create from InDesign are listed in Table 9-1.

Table 9-1. File Formats

File Format


JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group)

A commonly used format for compressed images and a good choice ...

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