How To Fix Photoshop(.psd) Image Importing Problem In InDesign Files

By | April 18, 2017

import psd image in indesign

InDesign’s great strength is in combining words and images to create professional look page design. The first and most important thing to do when creating a document in Adobe InDesign is to add images because without the addition of image, your InDesign document neither looks appealing nor attractive at all.

Sometime web and graphics designers also needs to import an image created in Adobe Photoshop into InDesign to render and create more effects. Below in this tutorial there is a complete guide on how to import Photoshop file (.psd) into InDesign and also discuss the fixes to solve the common problems encountered meanwhile this.


Practical Scenario:

Is there a simple way to export a template from .psd images to InDesign and then adjust the spine width in InDesign?

I was able to export a template from InDesign to Photoshop by clicking “Send to Photoshop.” Next, I built my cover in Photoshop. I couldn’t find a “Send to InDesign” button in Photoshop, so I saved the template as a PSD file.


Workaround To Fix Photoshop Image Importing Problem In Indesign Files

Integrate Photoshop PSD Into Indesign

Importing PSD files into InDesign

  1. Start your InDesign program.
  2. Pick “Selection” from the toolbox and then click on the graphics frame where you want to insert your PSD file.
  3. Go to File>Place and locate your PSD file. Click “Show Import Options” so that you can set specific options /settings for your imported file.
  4. Place your file into InDesign by clicking its file name and then clicking the “Open” button. The “show import option” box will get open asking you to choose your import setting options.
  5. You can check the Show Preview” checkbox to see the effects of import options you have selected.
  6. After complete satisfaction with your selected settings and options, click the “OK” button to complete the process of Integrating Photoshop PSD Into Indesign.
  7. Your PSD file will then appear to the graphics frame that you have previously selected.

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Fixing Low-Resolution Images Issue In Indesign

Sometimes the problem occurs with the graphics that you have placed in your document may appear pixilated or grainy. In most of the cases it’s because InDesign displays images in low resolution by default to improve performance.

Low Resolution Image

Check the display settings

To display graphics in high resolution select View> Display Performance> High Quality Display.

Use Place instead of Paste

May be the images be of low resolution even though you changed the display performance settings. For such images, make sure that you use the Place command to insert the image into InDesign. In some instances, pasting an image from another application may results in preview image being inserted instead of the original file.

Check your print settings

If the image is appearing in low resolution at the time of printing, then check out your print settings to make sure that graphics are printing properly. In the graphics section of the print dialog box select the send data> all option.

Improve the image resolution

Even the images copied from the web page have also rendered with the same issue. For this you need to replace your low resolution image with a high resolution image.

Control layer visibility in imported images

Just by adjusting then layer visibility in InDesign lets you vary an illustration depending on the context. Let’s take an example, in a Multi-language publication; you can create a single illustration that includes one text layers for each language.

Well, if you are importing Photoshop PSD files, layered PDFs and INDD files then you can control the visibility of top level layers.  You can adjust the visibility either when you place a file or by using the Objects Layer options dialog box. Besides this, if the Photoshop file contains the layer comps then you can display the desired comp.

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Set layer visibility

  1. To do this try one of the following:
    • To important graphic without first creating a frame, make sure that nothings in the document are selected.
    • To import a graphics into an existing frame, select the frame.
    • To replace an existing image select the graphics frame.
  2. Choose File> Place and select a graphics file.
  3. In order to replace a selected object, select Replace Selected Item.
  4. Select Show Import options and then tap to the click Open option.
  5. From the image Import options or place dialog box click the Layers tab.
  6. In the Image Import Options or Place dialog box, click the Layers tab.
  7. To see the preview of the image, click Show Preview.
  8. (PDFs only) if you are placing a page from multipage PDF, click the arrow or type a page number under the preview image to preview a specific page.

Set layer visibility

9. (Photoshop PSD files only) if the image contains layer comps, choose the layer comp you want to display from the Layer Comp pop-up menu.


  • To open or close a layer set: Hit the triangle to the left of the folder icon.
  • To hide a layer or layer set: hit to the eye shape icon present next to the layer or layer set.
  • To display the layer or layer set: hit the empty eye column next to the layer or layer set.
  • In case if you want to display only the content of specific layer or layer set, hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) while clicking its eye icon. Hold down alt or option and click the eye icon shape again to restore the original visibility settings of another layer.
  • In you want to change the visibility of multiple items, drag through the eye column.

11. Set the When Updating Link option as desired:

Use Photoshop’s/PDF’s Layer Visibility

Matches the layer visibility settings to those of the linked file when you update the link.

Keep Layer Visibility Overrides

Maintains the layer visibility settings as they were when the file was originally placed.

Set layer visibility12. After then click OK, and perform one of the following:

Set layer visibility

  • To import it into a new frame, click the loaded graphics icon in the layout at the place where you want the upper left corner of the graphics to appear.
  • In order to import into an existing frame, which is not selected, click the loaded graphics icon anywhere in that frame.
  • In case to import into an existing frame, you don’t need to do anything. the image will automatically appears in that frame.


If unknowingly or mistakenly you replace an existing graphics with any other image then press ctrl+ z (windows) or command + z(mac os) to return the original image to the frame and display the loaded graphics icon.


Wrap up:

Hopefully, all the aforementioned workaround help you in troubleshooting the issues regarding importation of psd images into InDesign. If you too have other tips to convert psd into indd then you can also share with us in our comment section.