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How to convert Indesign files to Photoshop.

Although Adobe Photoshop doesn't allow users to directly import Adobe InDesign files, both of these applications are closely related. There doesn't seem to exist any easy way how Adobe InDesign documents (.indd) could be directly converted to Adobe Photoshop (.psd) graphics whilst retaining the original layers, however.

How to Open an INDD file With Adobe Photoshop

If you have access to InDesign the most commonly used way how to "convert" these files is to first export them as PDFs (with high quality settings) which can then be imported to Photoshop and edited. Problem with this course of action is that the resulting quality will be much lower than the original. May work on some basics documents, but for complex brochures the drop in quality will be very noticeable. Photoshop can annotate an InDesign layout with notes, crop or rotate the document and adjust the document's image properties.

Another choice would be to export document from InDesign to JPG image instead of PDF and import that, however this will create bitmap image which you cannot edit like vectors, edit texts etc.

If you do not have access to InDesign, then you probably have no way of exporting INDD format in first place. You may get PDFs if you find some InDesign viewer and print the document as PDF via a virtual PDF printer, but it is likely the resulting quality will be even lower than PDF export directly from InDesign.

Beware of online services such as ALL2PSD, as they seems to be not working as advertised. You will send your files along with giving your address to unknown entity. It does not work at the moment and you will get only a robot e-mail response back with "Sorry".

Updated: January 30, 2023

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Additional links: Open indd file, Open psd file


Files with indd extension are associated with Adobe InDesign and used for its default InDesign document format. InDesign is used to create graphically rich documents, brochures and other more sophisticated texts. It was a part of Adobe Creative suite and currently of Adobe Creative Cloud.


A psd file extension is traditionally associated with default graphic format of Adobe Photoshop. Adobe psd graphics file is pixel based graphics file format. However some graphic elements can be stored in vector graphics. In default psd graphics file contains layers with masks, color spaces, ICC profiles, transparency, text, alpha channels and spot colors, clipping paths, and duotone settings.

A psd file extension is related to the DESIGN II for Microsoft Windows general flowsheet format.


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