InDesign: Working with Images and Elements

Images are not created in InDesign – they are always imported from another piece of software, such as Photoshop or Illustrator, or directly from a device such as a scanner or digital camera.


TO PLACE AN IMAGE:

1. Choose the arrow tool from the Tools window.

2. Choose File > Place.

3. Browse to locate an image on disk; click Open.

4. Click on the page to insert the image.

(Note: it is considered good practice in InDesign to organize all of the images for a single document within one folder on the local hard drive.)


TO MOVE AN IMAGE:

1. Choose the arrow tool from the Tools palette.

2. To move an image, click in the middle of the image and drag it. (NOTE: By default, a grey circle appears in the middle of an image when you hover over it. To turn this feature off, select View > Extras > Hide Content Grabber.)

 


TO CHANGE AN IMAGE’S SIZE:

Hold the Ctrl key (Mac: Command key) and drag the handles surrounding the image. Hold the Shift and Ctrl keys as you drag the handles and the image will retain its original proportions as it changes in size.

 


TO SET AN IMAGE’S WIDTH OR HEIGHT TO A SPECIFIC NUMBER:

Click on the image and then type the desired width or height in the “Scale Percentage” box in the Control window.

 


TO REARRANGE OVERLAPPING ELEMENTS:

Select an object and use the Object > Arrange menu.

 


GRAPHIC ELEMENTS.

InDesign contains tools for creating graphic elements such as lines and rectangles. Basic properties of these elements can be set using the options under Window > Stroke (lineweight) and Window > Color (fill).


TO DRAW AND FILL A RECTANGLE:

1. Draw a rectangle using the rectangle tool from the Tools window.

2. Choose Window > Stroke. Use the “Weight” pulldown menu to adjust the thickness of the line; use the “Type” pulldown menu to adjust solid / dashed lines.


 

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