InDesign Import

If you have existing templates that were created using InDesign, they can easily be imported into the Lucidpress editor. That way, even your more intricate designs can still be used as templates that are easily distributed, customized, and protected within Lucidchart.

To import an .indd file, you’ll first need to convert it to Adobe’s .idml file format.

If you have Adobe InDesign:

  • Open the .indd file and click “File” > “Export” from the File menu.
  • Simply select the .idml format for output and save.

If you don’t have Adobe InDesign, you can either:

  • Contact the designer of the document and ask for the file in .idml format.
  • Use a conversion tool of your preference to convert your .indd files to the .idml format. 

Once your .idml file is ready to be uploaded, simply click the “InDesign Import” button at the top of your documents page:

  1. Click “Continue”.

  2. Click “Import”. A pop-up will appear, allowing you to access your documents and select the file you’d like to import.

  3. Your screen will look like this once the file has finished uploading. Click “Open”.

  4. If any images or fonts are missing from your document, you’ll be directed to the “Upload Content” tab where you can import the necessary files. Otherwise, you’ll be directed to your documents where your new imported file will be.

Since InDesign documents don’t store images and fonts within the .idml files themselves (they are actually just links to images and fonts on your local drive), these elements have to be manually uploaded to Lucidpress.

You can either upload your images and fonts immediately upon importing your document (as shown below), or simply click “Skip” to do it later. If you choose to skip, you’ll be able to add your images and fonts later by clicking on the small red triangles that will appear next to any missing content in your document.

Consider doing the following to ensure your newly uploaded document is ready to go:

  • Click through all of your pages on the left-hand side of the editor and keep an eye open for any missing images or fonts.

  • Missing images are indicated by a small red triangle and placeholder image. Missing fonts include the same red triangle along with highlighted text. If you notice either of these indicators, simply click on them to open up the dialogue box again and upload the missing content.

For images, we support .jpg, .ai, .tiff, .pdf, .png, .psd, and .svg. For fonts, we support .ttf, .ttc, and .otf.

We'd love to be able to pull fonts and images in automatically, but this currently isn't possible. At present, InDesign links to files on your local drive instead of saving copies. As a result, InDesign doesn't have the image and font files to give us. To work around this, you'll need to use the "Upload Content" step give Lucidpress access to the fonts and images.

InDesign’s file formats are proprietary. The .idml format was the best fit for our software.

Due to peculiarities with how InDesign handles text boxes, some customers find they need to adjust text box sizes after importing. Other than that, the nature of your document stays the same.

There are some InDesign features that Lucidpress does not support, i.e. a table spanning multiple pages. You may need to turn off certain characteristics before importing. If you have any questions, please contact