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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Embedding and Unembedding Graphics

While QuarkXPress does not support embedding of graphics in a layout file, InDesign will allow you to cram graphics right into the page-layout file so that they do not need to be externally stored. However, this is not the default behavior. By default, InDesign links to external files and only stores a proxy representation of the graphic in the page.

Perhaps it’s a vestige of PageMaker-think that InDesign even allows it, but there’s usually no reason to embed graphics. Embedding slows down performance by increasing the size of the InDesign file, and embedded images must be extracted for any color correction or retouching. A change to the original graphic file will have no effect on the embedded version, since ...

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