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Using inDesign CS5 on a 32 bit Mac. If I embed a tif or jpg in a document must I continue to save  the embedded item or can I discard it.

Hi Howard,

Thank you for your question.

Just so I understand - you've embedded a jpg/tif file into the indesign document and you would like to delete the independent jpg/tif file and just keep the indesign file?

When the jpg is just linked to the indesign document you see a lower resolution image of that file on screen (unless you flick to high quality display) which can help with the program's speed and performance. When you make any changes to the jpg like in photoshop etc and want it to appear in the indesign document then you would need to save it and then update the link in indesign.

When a file is embedded into an indesign document the image is copied into and saved within the InDesign document itself at its full resolution. It doesn’t matter where the original file is located or whether you alter the file, because an embedded image is copied and saved directly within the InDesign document. With embedding files you will notice that your indesign file size becomes increasingly larger. When you want to edit the jpg file you will need to unembed it to edit it.

A link on the pros and cons of embedding files -

Useful links -

Hope that helps, any further questions on this or any other questions, don't hesitate to ask.

H Louise  

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I am an artworker in the newspaper industry working with both newspaper and glossy products. I can answer most questions on the Adobe Creative Suite CS3 (Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Professional), however please note that I am not as experienced in the use of Illustrator. I also have experience in QuarkXpress, Property software and Photography.


I have been working in the newspaper industry since 2007. I started in QuarkXpress before moving over to the Indesign software.

I have qualifications in art and design as well as a degree in media.

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