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Working with Objects

Chapter Description

In this sample chapter from Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2018 release), learn how to work with layers, create and edit text frames and graphics frames, adjust the space between frames, modify and align objects, create a QR code, and more.

Adding metadata captions to graphics frames

You can automatically generate captions for placed graphics based on metadata information stored in the original graphic files. Next, you’ll use the metadata captions feature to automatically add photographer credits to the pictures using metadata information.

InDesign lets you create either static captions, which generate caption text from a graphic’s metadata and must be updated manually, or live captions, which are variables that retain links to a graphic’s metadata and can be automatically updated.

  1. With the Selection tool (icon1.jpg), drag-select the six graphics frames by dragging across a portion of all six photos (you don’t have to select all the way around them).

  2. Click the Links panel icon to display the Links panel, and then choose Captions > Caption Setup from the panel flyout menu.

  3. In the Caption Setup dialog box, specify the following settings:

    • In the Text Before box, type Photo by. (Make sure to enter a space character after by. Don’t add a period after the space character.)

    • Choose Author from the Metadata menu; leave the Text After box blank.

    • Choose Below Image from the Alignment menu.

    • Choose Photo Credit from the Paragraph Style menu.

    • In the Offset box, enter p2.

  4. Click OK to save the settings and close the Caption Setup dialog box.

  5. With the photos still selected, from the Links panel menu, choose Captions > Generate Static Captions.

    Each of the graphic files contains a metadata element named “Author,” which stores the name of the photographer. This metadata information is used when the photo credit caption is generated.

  6. Choose Edit > Deselect All, and then choose File > Save.

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