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Please allow placed PSD layer blend modes to carry over into InDesign

We build 2-layer Photoshop files for product images. Top layer is product image set to NORMAL blend mode. Bottom layer is shadow of product set to MULTIPLY blend mode. When placed in InDesign the shadow layer does not carry over multiply blending. It knocks out anything under it in InDesign file. Our work around is placing two copies of the PSD file on top of each other. We then have to set the bottom image to Multiply with top layer turned off in Object Layer Options. Then the top image needs to have shadow layer turned off in Object Layer Options. Both are then grouped together. If InDesign would just carry over the multiply properties of the layers, it would greatly reduce amount of work, InDesign file size and potential for errors when updating PSD file link. Please make this happen for the good of mankind.

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  • Eugene commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a must and can't believe it hasn't been implemented. Further to this, text in a PSD file should be output as text and not rasterised.

  • Mike Gondek commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Have been asking for this for a very very long time, and the response by Adobe engineers was they will not ever be able to do this as this is a limitation of the OS. I respectfully believe they are mistaken as Corel Draw blending modes carried over.

    You most definitely have my vote.

  • gkscjf commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


    I have to place TWO same psd file to apply blending mode in inDesign.
    The indesign should allow the original blending mode as well as Illustrator.

    When I make drop show in multoply mode in photoshop or Illistratorm the inDesign is not recognizing blending mode.

  • Jonathan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Absolutely agreed... ai files have this ability so why not Photoshop? these are a suite of apps after all and should work the same way together, bitmap or vector.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This problem is a constant pain for me as well. I have to make up three boxes for one image: Colour, Product and Shadow every time. Please fix!!

  • NEU! commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think ObjectLayerOptions needs an overhaul!
    Its not scriptable, and it only caters the core ability of the PS-feature, that allows to switch visibility of the layers. Positioning and blend modes are swept under the rug.
    Pls Adobe, revisit that feature.

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