How to Package your InDesign File so we can make edits.

How to Package your InDesign File so we can make edits.

Prepare your file before Packaging

  1. Open your file in InDesign.
  2. Open the Links pallet by going to the top and clicking Windows - Links.
    The Links tab shows all the elements you used in your file. Think of InDesign like a skeleton that holds the different elements you placed inside of it as placeholders (so that the file doesn't get too heavy). You still need to provide those elements separately.
  3. If you see red question marks like the above, that part of the file is missing and it will be LOW RESOLUTION and needs to he re-linked. You do that  by double clicking and relocating the file.  If you see yellow exclamation marks it means that the file has been modified. You can just double click those elements and they will update, but check that element by right clicking and pressing "go to link" to get to that part of the document.

Packaging Your InDesign File

  1. Go to File > Package.
  2. Click the Package button at the bottom of the summary window.
  3. You will be asked to save your file to make sure it's the most updated version. Click yes.
  4. Click continue on the “Printing Instructions” window. We do not use the information on this page so you don’t need to fill it out.
  5. Browse to where you’d like to create the package folder (desktop would be fine) and enter the name of the folder. At the bottom of this window, make sure that the “Copy Fonts,” “Copy Linked Graphics,” “Update Graphic Links in Package,” “Include Fonts and Links from Hidden….”, “Include IDML” and “Include PDF” are all checked. Other boxes should be unchecked.
  6. Click the package button.
  7. Find the new folder that InDesign created and verify that it contains copies of all required files.
  8. Zip your files. (see “Zip/Compress” below)

How to Zip/Compress a Folder

If you have large and/or multiple files to include it is best to zip/compress them. Here are some instructions on how to do that:
Mac: select the folder with your files in it and right click and choose “Compress”

Windows: select the folder with your files in it and right click. Choose “Send To”. Then choose “Compressed (zipped) Folder”.

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