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Hannah Cunild
Copying Layers From One Document to Another
on Jun 29, 2011 at 11:10:36 am


I am having an issue with InDesign. I have a brochure document which has an english text layer and another document with a french text layer, I want to copy the french text layer on to the english document. Is there any simple way of doing this?
I have tried cmd+A (mac) and it only selects one spread (and there are about 80!). But does anyone know how to copy/select or transfer an entire layer.

Thanks for any advice!


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Terry Mikkelsen
Re: Copying Layers From One Document to Another
on Jul 1, 2011 at 5:26:58 pm

Unfortunately, I can't think of a good way to accomplish this.

I see two options - one is super quick, but un-edit-able, while the other is time consuming but retains functionality.

1. Super Quick (I'm on a deadline) Option - Export French document to multi-page pdf. Use freely available pdf importing scripts which will place each page on its own layer in the English document. Now you can turn off english layer and quickly print while still maintaining other placed objects.

2. The long way, but preferred for future changes - Copy and paste each page from one to the other. It sucks, but you can edit it later if changes come along.

Tech-T Productions

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Stefano Bernardi
Re: Copying Layers From One Document to Another
on Oct 28, 2016 at 7:26:39 am

Hello Hannah,
I guess you don't need it anymore - but next time you can use this script:

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