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How to export PDF with layers for InDesign?

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1 hour ago, artnok said:

I'm trying to figure out if there's any solution to export some layered PDFs from Affinity Publisher to Indd. 
Has someone already succeeded in exporting such a file? 

I used Layer layers to hold the Text and the Shapes in publisher then exported using the bog standard PDF (for export) preset. Does the PDF open with layers in InDesign?



MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) Mac OS 10.12.6 || Mac Pro (Late 2013) Mac OS 11.7

Affinity Designer 1.10.5 | Affinity Photo 1.10.5 | Affinity Publisher 1.10.5 | Beta versions as they appear.

I have never mastered color management, period, so I cannot help with that.

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I can see the different types of layers in the option box while importing. But Indesign won't open separate layers. It seems that everything is rasterized with no options to edit the different contents. Vector shapes don't show up and text can't be edited. 999463191_Capturedecran2022-01-03a11_31_12.png.65c9d4012cc89a60b2ee8a93317d95d6.png674766311_Capturedecran2022-01-03a11_31_38.png.8b7d0e241d1b769a9f89072e39475bc6.png

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12 hours ago, artnok said:

would it be possible to take benefit of this layer separation in INDD ?

Yes, for example, to keep different versions of a logo in vectors, I usually export to PDF when I use the Affinity apps.

This way, I could have 3 logos —  colors, white, grey levels — in a file, without needing to move the PDF inside the frame, just displaying a particular layer.

We could disable text on a map, or different elements if they are properly put in separate layers.


But it can also cause trouble, since part of a hidden PDF "stay" in the document, even if not visible. Pantone, text, etc. It's possible it will add problems when needing to export to print.

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