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Getting to Know Indesign

Chapter Description

In this sample chapter from Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book (2020 release), authors Tina DeJarld and Kelly Kordes Anton walk you through the basics of InDesign. You'll learn about the building blocks of an Adobe InDesign layout: objects, text, and graphics.

Working with graphics

To add the final design element to the postcard, you’ll import, resize, and position a graphic. Graphics used in InDesign documents are placed inside frames. Use the Selection tool (selectiontool.jpg) to resize a graphics frame and to position the graphic within the frame. You will learn more about working with graphics in Lesson 10, “Importing and Modifying Graphics.”

  1. Choose View > Fit Page In Window.

    You will position the graphic in the upper-right quadrant of the postcard.

  2. Make sure that no objects are selected by choosing Edit > Deselect All.

  3. Click the Import File button, the last option on the Properties panel at the right. In the Place dialog box, make sure that Show Import Options is not selected.

  4. Navigate to the Lesson02 folder in the Lessons folder, and double-click the DiningRoom.jpg file.

    The loaded graphics icon (loadedgraphicsicon.jpg) displays a preview of the graphic. If you click the page, InDesign places the graphic at full size, inside an identically sized graphics frame. In this case, however, you will scale the graphic as you add it to the page. The resulting graphics frame will have the same dimensions as the graphic.

  5. Position the loaded graphics icon at the intersection of the light blue and pink guides in the upper-right quadrant of the postcard.

  6. Drag down and to the right until the pointer touches the guide on the right side of the page.

    When you release the mouse button, the graphic is added to the page and a graphics frame is created automatically. The width and height of the graphics frame are determined by the graphic’s dimensions.

  7. Using the Selection tool (selectiontool.jpg), select the middle handle at the bottom of the graphics frame and drag it up. You can crop the image by dragging any of its eight resizing handles.

  8. Press Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (macOS) to undo the crop.

  9. Still using the Selection tool, position the pointer over the graphic to display the content grabber (donut.jpg) in the center of the graphic.

  10. Click the content grabber to select the graphic, and then drag up to position the image within the frame as you please.

  11. Press Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (macOS) to undo the image move. The eventual position of the graphic should be where you placed it in step 6.

  12. Choose File > Save.

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