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.