InDesign CS6 | Export to PNG

You could always save your layouts as JPEG, but sometimes the results were less then pristine because JPEG, by design, is a lossy format. In today’s web and device dominated world, if anything you need a lossless format such as PNG. And in InDesign CS6, you can do just that. Read on to figure out how to save from InDesign as PNG. This is the Save as PNG capability that you’ve been waiting for.


Export as PNG

  • To export as PNG, choose File > Export (Ctrl/Command + E)  and then select PNG from the Save as Type drop down list.

Export options

PNG Export options dialog box

PNG Export options dialog box

You can export a selection, a range, or All pages/spreads in your document. Additional options lets you specify, quality, resolution (ppi), color space etc.

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Have you taken the PNG export for a spin yet?  Have you tried InDesign CS6 ? Download a trial. Incase you need it, see the instructions to install a trial.

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  1. #1 by fr on May 17, 2012 - 1:34 pm

    You know what, the more i use this feature, the more i miss an option to save to given dimensions (as in Save For Web and Devices in Photoshop), especially since those shots/exports are mostly designed to go to the DPS Viewer Builder at a precise dimension in pixels, not dpi something…

  2. #2 by Lossy on May 18, 2012 - 3:53 am

    png is not a lossless format – which is noticeable in raster images. Hopefully InD CS6 exports 24-bit and not 8-bit png? Transparency? The help pages aren’t helpful yet!

    Anyone with CS5.5 or earlier can easily do png export with the free Automatication LayoutZone plugin – thanks Martinho!

    There’s also some scripting options for those who like to get their hands dirty:

    • #3 by Megan on June 14, 2012 - 7:27 am

      You are incorrect – PNG is in fact a lossless format.

  3. #4 by AjEG on June 22, 2012 - 8:57 pm

    Do you know if the PNG export will support PNG32 or will it be only PNG24? I presume it will be at least PNG24 because I see an option for ‘Transparent Background’. I guess the question is whether it will use Index transparency (PNG24) or Alpha transparency (PNG32)?

    Hopefully it will be Alpha transparency (PNG32).

  4. #5 by MRZ on September 5, 2012 - 12:51 pm

    Why, oh why, does InDesign sometimes add an extra line of pixels horizontally when exporting to pixels? CS6 Export to PNG also does this.

    If an object is set as 100×100 pixels, export to PNG CS6 often makes it 100×101.

    Is there a fix?

  5. #6 by Biggizi on September 6, 2012 - 4:29 am

    Thank’s, this is very helpfull!

  6. #7 by rose on March 23, 2016 - 1:46 am

    Help! Looking for a “text-optimized” option for exporting a PNG from InDesign. I don’t know how to apply scripts.

  7. #8 by sam on April 17, 2016 - 1:41 am

    The more I use this feature the more I wish it were better. The export really needs more options like “use selected page numbering” I would like my page images to have the suffixes of “A, B, C, D” etc…

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