Export EPS Files from InDesign Creative Suite 5 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Export an EPS file from InDesign CS5 when you need individual pages to import into other programs. EPS files can import to other Creative Suite programs or to any other program that supports this standard file format.

EPS exports each InDesign page as a separate EPS file. To export EPS files:

1Choose File→Export.

The Export dialog box opens.

2Select a location on your hard drive to save the EPS files, enter a new filename, and select EPS. Click Save.

The Export EPS dialog box opens.

3Choose a page or range of pages to export.

If you want spreads to export as one file, select the Spreads check box.

If you’re exporting more than one page of your InDesign document, each 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.

You don’t 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 steps by choosing File→Place and selecting the InDesign file.

4From 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.

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

You can select TIFF to generate a preview of TIFF images (thumbnails) that you can browse to see what the EPS files look like.

Select None if you don’t want a preview.

6Click the Export button to export the files.

The files are saved to the location you designated.