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Optimising your InDesign file

by Fab 2 years ago

Optimisation Advice

Online templates should be built as efficiently as possible, including the upload stage. Follow this advice to ensure that your file can be uploaded quickly.


To keep the file size reasonable, ensure that the effective ppi of your images is no more than 350 ppi when importing them into InDesign. Use the Link Information window to check:

File Type

We support all flattened file types for editable images. We recommend using a JPEG set at maximum quality, as these will print perfectly while maintaining a small file size.

Items On Pasteboard

In your InDesign template file, only embed images that are used in the actual file. Delete anything from your pasteboard, both vector and bitmap elements.

Paragraph Styles

For client templates, you should only need to include Paragraph Styles for the fonts and weights that are actually used in the design. Extra unused Paragraph Styles increase the size of the file that you will upload.

Use of Imported PDF Files

You can import and embed PDF files onto the -background layer of your file. Ensure that:

  • The resolution of any images are correct;
  • Any test present is converted to outlines;
  • The the PDFs that you import are all single pages with different file names. For example, if you have an 8 page template and need to import 1 background PDF per page, then you will need to have 8 single page PDFs all with different names.

Use Of Copied And Pasted Vector Elements

We'd recommmend that you use composite vector graphics in InDesign. Vector elements copied and pasted from other vector applications may cause a build fail if they aren't correctly formatted.


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