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How to Export Adobe InDesign CS6 EPS Documents for Printing

From InDesign, you can export EPS files, which are useful for importing into other programs. EPS files are single-page graphics files, which means that each exported InDesign page is saved as a separate EPS file.

You have no need to export an EPS file to place an InDesign file into another InDesign file! If you’re creating classified pages or any page that contains other InDesign pages, you can save yourself a few steps by simply choosing File→Place and selecting the InDesign file.

InDesign can import InDesign files into a layout, or even PDFs — so the only reason to export to EPS is to create a picture for an older software or database that doesn’t work with newer file formats.

Here’s how to export EPS files:

  1. Choose File→Export.

    The Export dialog box opens.

  2. Select a location on your hard drive to save the EPS files, enter a new filename, and select EPS from the Save As Type (Windows) or Format (Mac) drop-down list; click Save.

    The Export EPS dialog box opens.

  3. Choose a page or range of pages to export.

    Select the All Pages option to export all pages or select the Ranges option and enter a range of pages. If you want spreads to export as one file, select the Spreads radio button.

    If you’re creating more than one EPS file (for example, exporting more than one page of your InDesign document), the file is saved with the filename, an underscore, and then the page number. For example, page 7 of a cats.indd file would be saved as cats_7.eps in the designated location.

  4. From the Color drop-down list, select a color mode; from the Embed Fonts drop-down list, select how to embed fonts.

    From the Color drop-down list, select Leave Unchanged to retain the color mode you’re using for the InDesign document. You can also change the color mode to CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black), Gray (grayscale), or RGB (Red, Green, Blue).

    From the Embed Fonts drop-down list, select Subset to embed only the characters used in the file. If you select Complete, all fonts in the file are loaded when you print the file. Selecting None means that a reference to where the font is located is written into the file.

  5. Choose whether you want a preview to be generated for the file by choosing from the Preview drop-down list.

    A preview (a small thumbnail image) is useful if an EPS file can’t be displayed. For example, if you’re browsing a library of images, you see a small thumbnail image of the EPS file; so whether or not you use the image or open it on your computer, you can see what the file looks like.

    From the Preview drop-down list, you can select TIFF to generate a preview; select None if you don’t want a preview to be created.

  6. Click the Export button to export the files.

    The files are saved to the location you designated in Step 2.

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