Every time you place an image into InDesign, instead of embedding all of the images (which would make your document unmanageably huge) InDesign creates a simple link to the file. This is great because links can be updated easily if you make changes to your images. Once you understand InDesign links you can avoid a lot of tricky problems with image pixilation and missing images. Check out the video and transcript below to learn about what InDesign links are and how to manage them.
Hello everyone. Today we are going to go over what links are in InDesign. Understanding links is imperative when using images. When you place images into indesign, the program creates a link to the image file. This is a great way for indesign to keep your document small and also create a way for you to easily update the files since they aren’t embedded.
The links panel is a great thing to keep an eye on because sometimes you might break them, and if you don’t notice your document could have a pixilated images since InDesign is really just showing a placeholder. I will go over broken links more a bit later.
The first thing you might want to do is customize your panel for your needs. If you click the dropdown in the upper righthand corner you can see options to display. Some useful ones could be color mode and page number. Sometimes the default can work just fine, but other times it is useful to see more settings.
So there are four buttons in the links panel that are especially useful for working with links. The first button is relink. This is good if you have linked an image and you decide that you want a new image instead. So here we have options for adding new images.
The second button, go to link, is good for when you have a large document and you can’t find the link based off of the file name. This will lead you directly to the page with the link.
The third button is update link, and this is what you will be primarily using if you break a link. Breaking a link can mean the original file was moved or deleted, or the file was modified in-between when you put it in and now. That is signified by this little icon. So I will show you how this works. Lets open this image and change the color of it. So I am going to save this and then you can see that the link is now modified. I am going to go back into indesign and click the refresh link button and now we have the most current version.
So this leads us to the last button. Let’s say that I want to access the photoshop layers and show a past version. We can do this without modifying the original file. So this is going to open up a preview of the file and you can toggle between layers to select which one you want to show.
The InDesign link system is really great when you understand how to use it properly. When you package a file, which we will go over in another video, you will see how having all these links organized is really the best way to go.
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