Creating Long Documents with InDesign
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Placing images


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Creating Long Documents with InDesign

with Mike Rankin

Video: Placing images

Some long documents are pure text, but most contain at least some placed graphics. When you place images into an InDesign document you have several options to choose from that will affect the image's appearance in InDesign. Let's see some of those options. So let's start by placing some graphics in our layout, and I'll select three of these Photoshop files. And I know these have some layers that I may or may not want visible in my layout, so I can click on Show Import Options to get the dialog box I need to make the settings. Or I can deselect it and I can hold Shift while I press Open.
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  1. 10m 48s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files and scripts
      1m 51s
    3. Long-document workflow overview
      4m 20s
    4. Analyzing the planned output
      3m 43s
  2. 34m 8s
    1. Using master pages
      9m 34s
    2. Using layers
      7m 23s
    3. Using text variables
      6m 42s
    4. Using section markers
      5m 44s
    5. Synchronizing text
      4m 45s
  3. 26m 16s
    1. Using InDesign templates
      7m 10s
    2. Setting up preferences
      3m 27s
    3. Using Word templates
      5m 50s
    4. InCopy workflows
      5m 17s
    5. Creating a production manual
      4m 32s
  4. 39m 52s
    1. Using Based On styles
      6m 4s
    2. Using nested styles
      5m 56s
    3. Using Next Style
      3m 39s
    4. Using GREP styles
      6m 17s
    5. Using object styles
      2m 48s
    6. Using table and cell styles
      5m 8s
    7. Using swatches
      5m 33s
    8. Using Quick Apply
      4m 27s
  5. 37m 57s
    1. Placing text
      4m 57s
    2. Placing images
      3m 41s
    3. Creating metadata captions
      4m 3s
    4. Using Mini Bridge
      4m 38s
    5. Using libraries and snippets
      6m 4s
    6. Using GREP Find/Change
      5m 5s
    7. Find/Change tips
      5m 21s
    8. Using Layout Adjustment
      4m 8s
  6. 15m 54s
    1. Using Notes
      4m 7s
    2. Tracking changes
      4m 36s
    3. Using CS Review
      7m 11s
  7. 34m 43s
    1. Creating tables of contents
      7m 9s
    2. Alternative uses for the TOC feature
      4m 9s
    3. Creating cross-references
      6m 8s
    4. Creating footnotes
      6m 31s
    5. Importing footnotes
      6m 47s
    6. Creating endnotes
      3m 59s
  8. 33m 50s
    1. Scoping out the index
      2m 19s
    2. Creating index topics and references
      9m 29s
    3. Creating index cross-references
      3m 1s
    4. Creating index references with Find/Change
      3m 31s
    5. Generating an index
      3m 35s
    6. Preserving formatting in an index
      5m 13s
    7. Using third-party indexing tools
      6m 42s
  9. 26m 46s
    1. Using InDesign book files
      4m 38s
    2. Numbering book documents
      5m 46s
    3. Synchronizing book documents
      7m 6s
    4. Preflighting book documents
      3m 49s
    5. Outputting book documents
      5m 27s
  10. 12m 54s
    1. Using conditional text
      5m 1s
    2. Using Smart Text Reflow
      4m 3s
    3. Using object styles for customization
      3m 50s
  11. 25m 18s
    1. Preflighting documents
      6m 56s
    2. Exporting to print PDF
      5m 27s
    3. Exporting to interactive PDF
      5m 36s
    4. Archiving a project
      7m 19s
  12. 48s
    1. Goodbye
      48s

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4h 59m Intermediate Jan 13, 2012

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Creating Long Documents with InDesign shows designers how to create book-length documents in workflows with multiple users—using both InDesign features and third-party plug-ins. Publishing veteran Mike Rankin focuses on long document elements such as page and chapter numbering, table of contents, cross-references, and indexes. The course also provides an overview of document construction, from creating master pages and applying consistent formatting with styles to placing text and images and outputting to both print and interactive PDF.

Topics include:
  • Using text variables
  • Creating templates for InDesign, InCopy, and Word
  • Employing nested styles
  • Creating GREP styles
  • Managing color with swatches
  • Building page elements with libraries and snippets
  • Performing GREP find/changes
  • Using InCopy workflows
  • Tracking changes
  • Adding footnotes and indexes
  • Using InDesign book files
  • Versioning documents with conditional text or object styles
  • Preflighting documents
  • Archiving a project
  • Finding and installing useful scripts and plug-ins for frequent challenges
Subject:
Design
Software:
InCopy InDesign
Author:
Mike Rankin

Placing images

Some long documents are pure text, but most contain at least some placed graphics. When you place images into an InDesign document you have several options to choose from that will affect the image's appearance in InDesign. Let's see some of those options. So let's start by placing some graphics in our layout, and I'll select three of these Photoshop files. And I know these have some layers that I may or may not want visible in my layout, so I can click on Show Import Options to get the dialog box I need to make the settings. Or I can deselect it and I can hold Shift while I press Open.

I actually prefer the method of holding Shift, because the potentially annoying thing about checking the box is that it will make this Import Options dialog box pop up every time you place text in graphics files until you deselect that box. Holding Shift only gives you the options when you want them. Also note that for each file format the Image Import Options are sticky, meaning that the last-chosen ones will stick and be applied to all new images you place, including ones you drag and drop from your Desktop or from Bridge or from Mini Bridge. Okay, now I have the Import Options dialog box, and for a Photoshop document, there are three tabs in it.

There is an Image tab where I can choose the Photoshop clipping path or an alpha channel to mask the image. This particular file didn't have either one of those things. There is a Color tab where I can choose a color profile to change the way InDesign interprets the colors. And there's the layers Tab and that's the one I'm interested here, because I want to take off the background in this image. So the Photoshop file was edited to create a new layer that was silhouetting the cheese, and I could use it to knock out the background. So if I click on the eyeball, I can turn off the Background here. And then I will click OK.

And then I go to the next image. And this one already has the background layer turned off, so I will click OK. And the third image actually has a recoloring layer, so this plate recolor layer controls the color of the plate underneath the cheese. I will leave that as is for now, and click OK. Now before I click in these image frames and try to place them, I am going to make a little trip to the layers panel, and that's because the Text layer is sitting on top of the Art layer. So if were to just click right now, the text frames would get in the way. I can prevent that from happening by locking the text layer.

Clicking in the lock column and now this text frames are unavailable and won't get in my way. So I can click, and again, and again, to place all three images. Now that the images are in my layout, I can go to my Links panel and I can see them there, and I can actually see those layer-visibility overrides I made when I placed the images in this column. I can see that because I went to the Panel Options and checked Layer Overrides to be visible in the column.

This way if I want to change the layer-visibility overrides, I can just double-click--say I want to change the color of that plate again--I will double-click. It brings me back to the Object Layer Options dialog box and I can deselect plate recolor and click OK and have a green plate. I should also mention something about how these images fit into their frames. When I placed them, these images were scaled by InDesign to fit into the frames where I clicked, and they were centered in those frames. Well, why did that happen? Well, if I select one of the frames and go to Object > Fitting > Frame Fitting Options, these frames were all set up to fit content proportionally from the center with zero crops all around.

That's what made them centered and scaled when I placed them. When you have lots of images and file formats to place into your long documents, it's important to know some of the tips and tricks you can do with them.

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