Illustrator to InDesign with Live Fonts: Markzware’s PDF2DTP

Illustrator to InDesign?

Yes, Illustrator to InDesign is possible. Not only with fonts converted to outlines. No, we mean true data conversion from Illustrator to InDesign, with live fonts. That’s right, get your .AI Illustrator vector graphic artwork right into InDesign CC (Creative Cloud) with used fonts, layers, you name it. Watch how in this conversion software tutorial video:

Markzware PDF2DTP can convert PDF to InDesign

Hi. David Dilling from Markzware. Today, we’re going to show you how you can get Adobe Illustrator files right into Adobe InDesign, natively, so you could edit what you like.

Many will know Markzware’s PDF2DTP, which you see now up top in InDesign, under the Markzware menu item, for it’s ability to convert PDF files right into Adobe InDesign. This will convert any PDF file. It doesn’t matter where it really came from, in most cases. It could come from a CAD program. It could come from QuarkXPress, FrameMaker, PageMaker, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop. It doesn’t really matter, even a web page has been created into a PDF.

Markzware’s PDF2DTP will convert PDF files. Just click on a PDF you want to convert. You click Open, and it starts converting that PDF right into InDesign, with full layers, photos, pictures, graphics, stylization, you name it. And there you see it, a wonderful full conversion.

However, many people may not realize that Markzware’s PDF2DTP can also convert, natively, Adobe Illustrator files. For instance, here we have a file with live text, meaning I can edit this text. It’s not converted to outlines. And, of course, we can copy and paste this into InDesign, but then you lose the live fonts.

So, for instance, we go like this. And we go into InDesign CC. We make a new file and we paste it in there. What you see is that the font selection… So, you see the fonts are now converted to outline, and that’s not what we want. We want actual live fonts. We want all the lines, and layers, and vector graphics right on over, natively, in InDesign. So, let’s get out of Illustrator here.

Let’s go back into InDesign and show you how easy that is. You just go Markzware > PDF2DTP > Convert PDF File (In this case, it really is Convert Illustrator File!) and you choose the one on the Desktop we just had open. You click that .ai file. You get a host of options. By the way, tinkering with some of these can help conversion. I keep “Substitute Missing Fonts” off,  because that can sort of mess up the layout sometimes. We click OK.

Progress Bar for Illustrator to InDesign Data Conversion

Illustrator to InDesign with Conversion Software, PDF2DTP

Now, the conversion begins, and we’re converting that Illustrator file, saving a job folder on the Desktop, natively, right into Adobe InDesign. There you go. And look at that! We now have live fonts. That means we can actually go in here and delete these fonts, or edit these fonts, as liked, and adjust matters, because we’ve not created to outline.

Outlined fonts, like here down below, become all boxed up, like this. So, then, in effect, you can’t actually edit the fonts. You can go into each individual object and you can stretch them and adjust them, but you can’t actually edit them any longer. That’s Markzware’s PDF2DTP for Illustrator to InDesign, converting your Adobe Illustrator artwork right into Adobe InDesign CC or CS6, it’s all possible, and we even have older versions.

And if you cruise on over to and you’ll see, on our main home page here, we have many products to offer graphic designers, publishers, prepress operators, alike. And under Markzware Products, you’ll see PDF2DTP. If you click there, you’ll get full information on this already multi-award-winning plug-in to convert your PDF files right into InDesign, but it will also convert your Adobe Illustrator files into InDesign, with a click. Markzware’s PDF2DTP, check it out today. This has been David Dilling from Markzware, wishing you a fantastic day!

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Illustrator to InDesign with live fonts!