Help! InDesign acting up

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by ukjabber, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. ukjabber macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2007
    Hi all,

    first I love this site. Great tips and advice along with the latest rumours :)

    I currently use indesign and have done so since version 1. I have in the past saved any logos, illsutrations etc etc in illustrator as ai files and never had a problem. Now all of a sudden when I bring the ai file into indesign it brings in the whole page.

    I'll explain what I mean. I have a logo (nothing else on the page) on a 150mm x 150mm page in illustrator. I save it as usual as an ai file. Now when I bring it into indesign and scale to fit width of the box it scales the 150x150 page not just the logo. EPS files are fine though.

    I can't see what I've done wrong. It's only just started doing this and now I have to go through all the logos I've created and make the eps files. Considering I deal with hundreds and hundreds of logos it's a serious pain in the arse. I haven't changed the preferences, the programmes are fully up-to-date except for indesign as it screws up my data merge which I do alot of.

    Anyone shed any light?
  2. AdeFowler macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    Hi ukjabber

    I recreated this behaviour by selecting "Show import options" at the bottom of the import dialogue box. I selected a file with a big artboard and small logo and selected:

    Crop to > Trim

    This then became the default setting when "Show import options" was deselected. So I turned "Show import options" back on and selected:

    Crop to > Art

    which then became the default behaviour.

    Hope this helps ;)
  3. ukjabber thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2007

    Thanks very much.

    I still understand why it changed all of a sudden. Very weird.
  4. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    Sometimes my imports "suddenly" go from transparent to opaque. For the longest time I couldn't figure it out, then I realized a script I run to import multi-page PDFs was changing it.

    You be working under a similar circumstance.
  5. flrazor macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2004
    Saint Paul, MN
    I've had similar happen in Quark at work before, and the culprit at that time was unlocked guides in the AI/EPS file. I cleared all the guides and made sure there were no other stray objects on the page and it fit right after I re-saved it.

    Not sure if ID is doing something similar, but might be worth a check. If you make a copy without guides you can import that and keep them in your original file if you need them for future edits.
  6. ukjabber thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2007
    Absolutely spot on. I forgot I had recently inserted that script. Nifty piece of code-writing in. Little bugger!

    Now all is back to normal. Ta.

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