How to Edit a PDF in InDesign

How to Edit a PDF in InDesign

Adobe’s InDesign allows you to bring together multiple files when compiling a larger project document, so you can put together various reports from PDFs and Word files, as well as images like screenshots, illustrations, and photos. When working with those assets, it’s pretty common to need to edit them into shape, and for text documents that includes being able to edit the information held within. When importing PDF files in InDesign, the placement allows for some editing, but there are limits. You can scale images but editing the individual text directly like you would with an imported Word file is trickier.

Importing a PDF to InDesign

All you need to do to import a PDF in InDesign is to use the Place command. Select your PDF, and then watch as it is sized into the document and optimized the same way an imported page from another InDesign file would be. You can resize it and wrap text around it the same way you would an image object, too.

Editing PDF Text and Importing to InDesign

The best way to edit PDF text before importing it is to use Acrobat X to make the changes you need to the PDF. This program’s powerful editing tools will allow you to make the adjustments that are not available in InDesign, including adjustments to the copy in the body text of a PDF document. Then, when you import the PDF to your InDesign project, it will have the changes reflected in the edits you make with Acrobat X.

Mastering All Adobe’s Powerful Design Tools

When you import PDFs in InDesign, you’re creating links to the original document, so you should see updates in your InDesign project file when you make edits to the PDF in Acrobat X. When those asset links update, you might be prompted with a security check, depending on your system’s security settings. Mastering these nuances makes for powerful editing with a minimal amount of fuss, as does learning tricks like how to export your InDesign files to other file types, including editable types like Word documents.

Of course, the real secret to a great final project is to combine great visual assets with your best design concepts. To do that, you need a great resource for visual assets. Shutterstock is that resource, with hundreds of millions of photos and millions of illustrations and graphics. You’ll find anything you need, on any topic, and with a little editing, it can fit seamlessly into your project’s design concept.

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