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 Lucidpress.

 
 

Exporting/Importing


Please follow the steps below to properly understand how to export your InDesign file. This will make it much easier to import to Lucidpress.

  1. Package your file in InDesign

    Instead of saving your file in InDesign as an .indd, you will need to package your file to have access to your images and fonts. Open your file in InDesign. Then click File > Package.

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  2. Save your file

    If you haven't already saved your file, save it. You can ignore the printing instructions--click "Continue".

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  3. Complete the package

    Title your document and click "Package". Make sure Include IDML is selected. 

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  4. View folder contents

    You will now have a folder with: document fonts, links, text, .idml, .indd, and .pdf.

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  5. Format images

    Lucidpress supports PNG, JPG, and SVG files (although, SVG files should be used sparingly because they are typically large files). For Photoshop files (.PSP), Lucidpress can automatically compress them to JPGs. If you do not want to reduce the resolution of these files, export the image as a PNG in Photoshop. Convert any other file types as a PNG or JPG.

Follow these steps to import your packaged InDesign file to Lucidpress. You can follow along by practicing with us.

  1. Click the InDesign Import button

    Login to Lucidpress. In the middle of your home screen, click "InDesign Import".

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  2. Import your .IDML file

    Click "Import", select the .IDML version of your file from the packaged folder, and then click "Open".

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  3. Upload missing fonts

    The font family will be listed in bold. The different font faces such as regular, bold, and italic are shown below the font family. Each font face will need to be uploaded by clicking the "Upload" Button. Upload your fonts from the "Document Fonts" folder of your packaged file.

    Note: We only support OTF and TTF font file types. We will dive deeper into fonts in the next section.

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  4. Upload missing images

    Upload your images from the "Links" folder. Remember that Lucidpress does not support EPS images (at least until the post script updates their services and makes it more secure). This means that any EPS images from your InDesign file will not be uploaded. Convert your EPS files to PNG or JPG and then you'll manually add them later.

    Note: If you want to manually replace PSP files (to preserve the quality or special formatting), don't upload these. Convert the PSP files to PNG or JPG and manually add them later as well.

     
 
 

After Importing


The red triangle sign appears next to an object that is missing information. If you click the red triangle when your font is missing, you will see two options. "Keep Default Font" means that your text will be formatted in the Lucidpress default font, typically Open Sans, rather than your custom font. "Find Missing Font" will reopen the dialog where you can upload the missing font file.

 

InDesign has different spacing parameters than Lucidpress. Like most online software programs, Lucidpress counts line spacing in sections of 3, while InDesign counts in sections of 5. Because spacing is different, if there is not enough room in the text box for the new line spacing, Lucidpress will condense the text into a red plus box. Go through these steps and then click the button below to practice making adjustments!

Expand text box If the text box does not expand completely, select one of the corners of the object and expand it out until the red (+) disappears. You may see a pop up that says "Auto resize failed..." In this case, expand the text box length and height.
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Find a different version of your font online


Some fonts are available in different formats for free online. Try searching on Google for "[FONT NAME] free". Then, import the new download of the font. You may want to try two or three different sites to see if you can get the font to match in Lucidpress.

 
 

 

Upload your font manually and replace your text


If you uploaded one of the fonts from your InDesign packaged folder and you're certain that: (1) it's an OTF/TTF file type and (2) it's the exact font you need, then upload that font to Lucidpress anyway. Even though it may not match during the import, you can still upload the font inside the editor and manually change the text to that uploaded font.

  1. Select the font dropdown in the right context pane. Under "Custom Fonts", select "Manage Fonts". Within the font manager, you can upload any OTF or TTF font file.
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  • Once the font is uploaded, you can manually adjust the text within the document. Select multiple text boxes at once by holding down Ctrl on PC (or Cmd on Mac). Then, pick your font from the font dropdown.

  • It can be helpful to open the PDF found in the InDesign package as a comparison. Flip back and forth to closely match the formatting.

PRO TIP: If this document will be used as a template, make sure all the fonts are uploaded in the "Team Fonts" section rather than the "Custom Fonts" section inside the editor. This will make the font available for everyone on your team.

 
 

 

Edit the metadata


If you're really tech-savvy and for some reason have text-editing software like Robofont, you can edit the metadata of the font. You may want to test adjusting multiple fields. Rename the font name, weight name, full name, PC name, Mac name, and a few others. Every field can influence how the file imported, so this option can be challenging. It can work, but this method generally takes longer than the second option: manually changing the font.

 
 

 

Find a font substitute in Indesign or Lucidpress


If, for example, you used an Adobe Typekit font on your InDesign document and you don't want to pay to purchase the font as an OTF/TTF, we recommend searching for a font substitute. You can search the Lucidpress font library or look online. Most of the time, you can find a free font that looks very similar to the one you used before.

Once you find a substitute font, you have two options: 1) Upload the new font to Lucidpress and manually change the text to the new font. 2) Change the font in your original InDesign file and re-import the file to Lucidpress.
Lucidpress also has a variety of free fonts, so check to see if Lucidpress already has a font substitute you can use!

 

Remember: Lucidpress supports PNG and JPEG images. It can sometimes import other file types like PSP or PDF by compressing and converting to a JPEG. If you were unable to upload your image, this section will help you fix the image error.

Click the red triangle to find the missing image or replace it.



In the case of replacing EPS/PSP images with your newly converted PNG/JPEG images, you have three options: 1) You can click "Replace Missing Image". 2) You can simply drag your new image from your desktop over the missing image. 3) You can double click the missing image to upload the new image to your Image Manager.

You can practice by downloading this file

 
 

Fixing Common Errors


Every layer in InDesign (even hidden layers) will be imported with your document, and sometimes, the order of the layers can be off. You can remove any layers that you don't need in Lucidpress or you can bring objects to the front.

To change the order of an object, navigate to "Arrange" under the "Layout" tab or right-click on an object and select "Arrange."

 


PRO TIP: You may consider deleting any hidden layers in InDesign before importing for a smoother import.

 
How to ungroup a group of layers

Layers grouped in InDesign will also be grouped in Lucidpress. It is easier to edit objects if they are not grouped. To ungroup a set of objects, right-click and select "Ungroup."

 

InDesign measures line spacing differently than mainstream tools like Microsoft Word or Apple Pages. Instead of three lines, InDesign has five--which makes it different than any other platform. Most likely, you'll need to adjust some spacing.

Line Spacing


The spacing option increases or decreases the space between lines. This is frequently used with InDesign Import.
 
 

 

Paragraph Spacing


Paragraph spacing increases or decreases the space between paragraphs rather than individual lines.
 
 

 

Character Spacing


Character spacing will move letters closer together or farther apart.
 
 

 

Stretching


Character stretching will horizontally stretch or compress the letters.
 
 

 

Bullet Indents


If you have bullets, bullet indent will increase or decrease the distance of the bullet from the margin.
 
 

 

First Line


Adjust the first line to create a hanging indent. If you have bullets, you can adjust the first line or the left tab to make your text aligned.
 
 

 

Overflow Text into another box


If you have text boxes linked in InDesign, where any overflow of text automatically continues in another text box, they should transfer over to Lucidpress. To link a text box, click the blue triangle on the bottom corner of a text box and drag it to any area within the other text box. You'll see a blue line connecting the two boxes, indicating that they are now linked.
 
 

 

Wrapping Text


To wrap text around your image, select the image and adjust the "Text Wrapping" settings in the "Layout" tab.
 
 

 

Drop Caps


Drop caps will not import to Lucidpress. To make a drop cap in Lucidpress, create a separate text box for the larger letter in "Body Text" format. Format your letter and add text wrapping under the "Layout" tab on the right. Adjust the text wrapping padding as needed.
 
 

 

Text on a path


If you have text on a path (for example, text going around a star shape), it will not import to Lucidpress. Lucidpress has some path effects, but they are limited. These settings can be found on the right pane under the "Text" tab in the warp settings.
 

Images might come in differently when importing from InDesign.

 
 

 

Image Rotation


Images may import with a different rotation. To rotate an image, select an image and hover over the white dot at the top until your cursor becomes a circular arrow. Click and hold as you turn the shape. TIP: if you hold SHIFT while rotating, your object will lock in place at the 90 and 45 degree marks.
 
 

 

Flip Image Orientation


If the image was flipped horizontally in InDesign, it will not look the same when imported to Lucidpress. To flip an image, start by selecting the image in Lucidpress and navigate to the "Layout" tab on the right. Under the "Rotate" section, click the "Flip horizontally" button.
 
 

 

Image Borders


To add a border to your image, select the image and navigate to the "Image" tab on the right. Under "Border," you can select the color, style, or pixel size of your border.
 
 

 

Round out images


You can also use border to change the corners of your image. To round out the corners increase the radius.
 
 

 

Add a Shadow


You can add a shadow to your image under "Shadow" in the "Image" tab on the right. Note: you may need to turn the shadow on to access the other shadow settings.
 
 

 

Image Effects


If your image had a black and white filter in InDesign, you can adjust the saturation in Lucidpress for a similar effect. Select the image and select the image fill under the "Image tab" on the right. Click the "Effects" button to access saturation.
 
 

 

Opacity


To apply an overlay, you can lower the opacity of an image. Select you image and find the opacity section under the "Image" tab on the right.
 
 

 

Custom Shapes


If your InDesign file used a standard shape skewed the lines, your shape may have reverted back to the standard shape. For example, let's say you created a rectangle and adjusted the ends to be curved inward (see below).
 
 
To import this custom shape, the best way is to add it as a PNG to your Lucidpress document. Start by opening your InDesign file, select the shape, and click File--->Export. Make sure you are exporting the selection rather than the whole page. You will now have a PNG file of your shape to upload to your image manager in Lucidpress.
 
 

 

Change Colors


If your shape is a different color, select the shape and navigate to the right panel. Edit the fill option to be the appropriate color.
 
 

 

Adjust Transparency


To adjust the transparency of a shape (or any object), navigate to the fill option under the "Shape" or "Image" tab. You can adjust the opacity here or under the "Opacity" section.
 
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Corner Appearance


InDesign offers advanced corner appearance settings for shapes. If these do not import correctly to Lucidpress, you can add an outline to your shape using the "Border" settings. Adjust the pixel size, color, and style.
 
 

Fill


To edit the fill, select the desired cells by holding down Ctrl (or Cmd on a Mac) and clicking each one. On the right, navigate to the "Table" section to edit the fill color and opacity.
 
 

 

Borders


Often, your table borders will appear differently than they do in InDesign. Select the desired cells by holding down Ctrl (or Cmd on a Mac) and clicking each one. If you would like to select a full row or column, hover to the left of the row or just above the column until your cursor turns into a white arrow then click to make your selection. Navigate to the "Border" section under the "Table" tab.

To make edits, start by selecting the type of the cell border you are trying to edit then make adjustments to the pixel size, line type, or color. For example, if you want to get rid of all the border lines, you would select the icon with all lines visible and decrease the border pixel (px) size to 0. Watch this video for more instruction on how you can edit a table.
 
 

 

Text Positioning


To edit the positioning of the text within a cell, select the desired cells by holding down Ctrl (or Cmd on a Mac) and clicking each one. If you would like to select a full row or column, hover to the left of the row or just above the column until your cursor turns into a white arrow then click to make your selection. Under the "Fonts" section, you can align the text to the left, center, right, or justified. You can also set the text to the top, middle, or bottom of the cell.
 
 
 

Pro Tips


When using InDesign Import, it can be helpful to open the PDF found in your InDesign package file to see what your original file looks like. Flip back and forth between your PDF and Lucidpress document to compare formatting while making adjustments.
Smooth Vector Graphics (SVG) Images should be used sparingly. SVG files are rendered as a group of separate shapes. If you have too many, they will slow your document performance. SVGs are also not saved in the Image manager because this file is actually a group of shapes, not an image. It’s best to convert any SVG files to PNGs.
 
If you have a complex background, series of shapes, or unique formatting, you may want to consider exporting these elements in InDesign as a single image and upload that image to Lucidpress. Although you won't be able to edit the individual shapes in Lucidpress, you will be able to import your document faster while keeping the design exactly as the original.
  1. Export shapes as an image
    In InDesign, select any shapes/images/text you want to be included as an image in Lucidpress. In this case, I'll select all of the bubbles. Go to "Export," make sure the format is PNG, check "Selection," and click "Export" to save.
     
  2. Add as a PNG
    To edit the positioning of the text within a cell, select the desired cells by holding down Ctrl (or Cmd on a Mac) and clicking each one. If you would like to select a full row or column, hover to the left of the row or just above the column until your cursor turns into a white arrow then click to make your selection. Under the "Fonts" section, you can align the text to the left, center, right, or justified. You can also set the text to the top, middle, or bottom of the cell.
     
 
 
 

FAQ


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 support@lucidpress.com.

  • Adobe TypeKit Fonts
    What is it?
  • Anchored objects
    Anchored objects are not supported in Lucidpress. You can do similar things like add text wrapping to the object or lock the object to the page. You can also group the object with other objects to keep it in the same relative position, but Lucidpress does not have an anchoring feature.
  • Animations
    What is it?
  • Balanced Headline Text
    What is it?
  • Baseline Shift
    What is it?
  • Bookmarks
    What is it?
  • Cell Styles
    InDesign allows you to save cell styles to apply to other cells. This feature is not supported in Lucidpress.
  • Clipping Paths
    Clipping paths are not supported in Lucidpress. To preserve the formatting of your clipping paths, export the object as a PNG and add it to Lucidpress.
    What is it?
  • Data Merge
    A data merge in InDesign may not import correctly to Lucidpress. In the future, Lucidpress will release a data merging feature called External Data Import.
    What is it?
  • Editoral Notes
    Editorial notes will not transfer to Lucidpress. You can add a note to a specific object by clicking the comment button on the bottom right of the editor. Just know that these comments will not appear when you download or publish the document.
    What is it?
  • Endnotes
    What is it?
  • Export as EPUB
    What is it?
  • Export as HTML (limited)
    You can export your document with HTML code by clicking the blue "Share" button. Publish your document to the web and then click "On your website" or "In email" to generate the HTML code. Note: this will display only the first page of your document. The first page will become a button that links to the published URL.
    What is it?
  • Export as XML
    What is it?
  • Export as XML
    Footnotes will not transfer over to Lucidpress. There is not an automation to create footnotes. You can make a subscript for your text, but it will not automatically create text box for your footnote. Make a new text box to add your footnote. What is it?
  • Form Fields
    What is it?
  • Glyphs
    These will not transfer to Lucidpress. Find the special character by navigating to the top menu and select Insert-->Special Character.You can also copy and paste special characters from an external source.
    PRO TIP: Use Ctrl+Shift+V (or Cmd+Shift+V) to paste and match the existing formatting.
    What is it?
  • Hyperlinks
    Hyperlinks do not transfer over to Lucidpress. To add your hyperlinks in Lucidpress, select the object and go to the right panel. When you are finished entering the URL, hit "Enter/Return" on the keyboard to save your link.
  • Image Captions
    Image captions are not supported. Make a separate text box in Lucidpress as your caption.
    What is it?
  • Index
    A page index will not transfer over to Lucidpress. To make an index in Lucidpress, you can manually add the page numbers.
    What is it?
  • Kerning
    Make adjustments to the spacing under the "Text" tab on the right.
    What is it?
  • Ligatures
    What is it?
  • Lines with endpoints
    Lucidpress does not support lines with endpoints. A line with an arrow at the end is an example of this. Like custom shapes, you can export the arrow from InDesign as a PNG, or you can add an arrow shape from the Lucidpress shape library.
  • Master Pages
    Master pages from InDesign will not import correctly to Lucidpress. See the other sections to fix any differences you see. Lucidpress does not have "master pages", but you can create page templates that can be used in the same document. These page templates will not transfer to other documents (unless you manually copy and paste the page from one document to another).
    What is it?
  • Plugins
    What is it?
  • Shape Styles
    InDesign allows you to save shape styles to apply to other shapes. This feature is not supported in Lucidpress. You can, however, copy and paste an existing shape to preserve the same formatting.
  • Strikethrough Options
    What is it?
  • Split Columns Paragraph split columns are not supported in Lucidpress, so these will likely import incorrectly. You can recreate a similar look in Lucidpress by making a separate text box for the paragraph split.
  • Table filled with an image
    If you have a background image filled in a table, it will not transfer to Lucidpress. Add the image separately. Edit the fill of the table to be transparent and put the image behind the table.
  • Table Styles
    InDesign allows you to save table styles to apply to other tables. This feature is not supported in Lucidpress. You can, however, copy and paste an existing table to preserve the same formatting.
  • Text on a path
    This is not supported in Lucidpress. Export the filled text from InDesign as a PNG and insert it to your Lucidpress document.
    What is it?
  • Text variables
    This is not supported in Lucidpress. Export the filled text from InDesign as a PNG and insert it to your Lucidpress document.
    What is it?
  • Videos
    Videos are not supported in Lucidpress. You can add a video from YouTube or Vimeo, but the video itself will not upload to Lucidpress. Instead, it will embed the video player from YouTube or Vimeo.
    What is it?

Lucidpress supports OTF (OpenType Font) and TTF (TrueType Font) formats. Adobe Typekit files are not supported. Note: if you do not have a font in a supported format, you can follow the options here to replace them.

 

We support .jpg, .png, and .svg.

You should expect that your document will look different in Lucidpress. InDesign files generally have a lot of layers and formatting, and the two software programs read each item differently.

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

 
 
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