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INDESIGN c s4 t u t o ri a l - W o r king wit h im a ges For this tutorial you will need to have an image that you can use, it doesn’t matter what the image is. Have the image be larger than 2” x 2.5”

3. With the frame selected let’s go and get the image. Go to File > Place (Command D or Control D on a PC) and then browse for the image that you want to use.

Tutorial 1. Start by making a new document in InDesign, File > New Document. Set the document up with one page at letter size. 2. Now choose the Rectangle Frame Tool. and drag out a rectangle that is 2” x 2.5”. You can set this exactly in the Control Panel.

Make sure that Replace Selected Item is checked in the bottom left corner of the Place dialog box. This is what I get.

This is the entire image I am placing but because my frame is too small to contain the entire image part of it gets cut off. 4. Choose the Direct Selection Tool . This tool is used to select the parts of a path such as the anchor points or to select the contents of an

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Working With Images - InDesign image frame. Click inside the image and hold down. You will now see the rest of the image that is hidden outside the frame screened back.

5. When you have the image selected like this you will see handles on each corner and each side of the image. If you put your cursor over one of the corner points and click then drag holding shift to constrain the proportions you can now scale the image inside the box. 6. You can fit the frame to the content (the image) by doing the following . Right click or control click (Mac) to open the context menu, go down to Fitting and then choose Fit Frame to Content. Notice that you can also Fit Content to Frame, Fit Content Proportionally and Fit Frame Proportionally.

7. Next try placing the image without a frame. Simply go to File > Place. Browse for the image as you did before and choose the same image. This time turn off Replace Selected Item.

This time you will get what is called a loaded cursor. Click where you want the image to be placed. This time you will see the entire image. 8. Now select the image frame using the Selection Tool . You will get a bounding box with handles in the corners and on each side. Try dragging one of the corner points to scale the frame. When you do this you will notice that the image gets cropped by the frame. If you want to scale the frame and the content hold down shift + command (control on a PC) and then click on the corner handle and drag.

Note: This allows you to see what isn’t fitting in to the frame. You can then more easily position or scale the image to fit inside the frame.

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Images are placed into InDesign as a link. This means that all the information needed to print the image remains in the original. I would suggest that when you begin a new InDesign project you start by making a folder for the project and another folder inside that called links. Save any images you

Working With Images - InDesign are going to be using in to this links folder. If you need to take the project to another computer you can then simply grab that whole folder. There is a way to “Package” your InDesign file afterwards by going to File > Package, which I’ll talk about in more detail in another handout. This will gather all images and fonts and put into one folder. You can place various formats into InDesign such as .psd .tif. jpg and so on. psd supports transparency and layers, tif is commonly used for placing CMYK images that are being used for printing, jpgs can be used for screen graphics.

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Working with Imges in InDesign  

This is a handout that covers the basics of working with images in InDesign

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