Photoshop: How do I export type from InDesign to Photoshop so the coder can see the type attributes?

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I designed a website in Indesign and am trying to export the type to a layer in my final psd document in a way that the coder will be able to see what the type specs are. Can anybody help?
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david schulz

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Have you tried importing your Indesign file as a smart object?
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no, how do you do that?
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So you can't import an Indesign file directly as a smart object. You would need to save it out of Indesign as a PDF first

Then create a new layer in Photoshop
go to the menu Layer>Smart Objects>Convert to Smart object
Select the smart object layer go to Layer>Smart Objects>Replace contents.

This will bring up a menu, and you can select your PDF file.

This will get the type into Photoshop as a Raster Graphic, but all of the editing abilities will still need to be accomplished in Indesign or illustrator. Additionally, if you are using this for web the type will not be searchable or selectable.
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Photoshop won't read InDesign .idd files natively. You'd have to save/export as PDF and place that as a smart object. But that wouldn't give access to the fonts and type sizes in Photoshop proper. You'd still have to Layer>Smart Objects>Edit Contents... to examine the PDF in a PDF native application like Illustrator to see what the fonts and type sizes are.

What's the reason for going to Photoshop in the first place? Why not simply choose File>Export For>Dreamweaver.... and give your coder that?
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Thank-you Matt and Jeffrey. The type will ultimately be in CSS, and my developer said for me to include the type on a separate layer in my psd document (the site is going to be wordpress). I understand the smart layer concept, but that's not going to work if the native file is required (to copy and paste the actual type and place it in the website so that it is searchable, etc.).
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I'd try the File>Export For>Dreamweaver.... from your InDesign. That will probably get your coder what he ultimately needs.
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I'll try that--thanks Jeffrey.