How to Export Adobe InDesign CS6 JPEG and PNG Files for Printing

You can export JPEG and PNG files from an Adobe InDesign CS6 document. These file formats are commonly used in web publishing and are useful if you need to place a picture of an InDesign document or page online. You can export as a JPEG or PNG image either a single object on the selected page or export entire pages and spreads.

JPEG and PNG files allow you to effectively compress full color or black-and-white images, which is useful if you need a picture of an InDesign page to appear on the web.

To export a JPEG or PNG image, follow these steps:

  1. Select an object on a page or make sure that no object is selected if you want to export a page or spread.

  2. Choose File→Export.

    The Export dialog box opens.

  3. Type a filename, locate the spot where you want to save the file on your hard drive, and select either JPEG or PNG from the Save As Type (Windows) or Format (Mac) drop-down list; click Save.

    The Export JPEG or PNG dialog box opens.

  4. If you want to export a page, select the Page option and enter the page number; if you want to export the selected object, make sure that the Selection option is selected.

    The Selection option is available only if a selection was made in Step 1.

  5. Choose an image quality and format to export by selecting from the Image Quality and Format Method drop-down lists.

    The Image Quality drop-down list controls the amount of compression that’s used when you export a JPEG or PNG file. Choose from these options:

    • Maximum: Creates an image with the largest file size and highest quality

    • High: Creates an image with a larger file size and high quality

    • Medium: Creates an image with medium file size and medium quality

    • Low: Creates a smaller file of lesser quality because it includes less image information

    These options don’t appear if you are creating a PNG image.

    If you select the Baseline format from the Format Method drop-down list, the entire image has to be downloaded before it’s displayed in a web browser. Select Progressive to show the image in a progressively complete display as it downloads in a web browser.

  6. Click the Export button.

    The file is exported and saved to the location you specified in Step 3.

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