Using the Object menu
Video: Using the Object menuWhen the InDesign user has exported one or more images to the workflow just as they might do with the text frame and that means that you in InCopy have the opportunity to check out an image and manipulate it within its frame as I have. Check out this image here. Now, you can manipulate it right onscreen in Layout View by dragging on the image and that will re-crop it. You can't really change the frame size, as I mentioned in a different video. But other things that I can do with this are I can scale the image as well and you can scale it just by dragging on any handle and the image will scale.
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Using the Object menu
When the InDesign user has exported one or more images to the workflow just as they might do with the text frame and that means that you in InCopy have the opportunity to check out an image and manipulate it within its frame as I have. Check out this image here. Now, you can manipulate it right onscreen in Layout View by dragging on the image and that will re-crop it. You can't really change the frame size, as I mentioned in a different video. But other things that I can do with this are I can scale the image as well and you can scale it just by dragging on any handle and the image will scale.
Now, if you want to scale it both vertically and horizontally then you would drag on any corner handle. If you want to make sure that your scaling is constrained so that both horizontal and vertical scale the same amounts, stays in proportion in other words, then hold down the Shift key as you drag on any handle. You'd want to release the mouse button before you release the Shift key. Let's say that you have the image perfectly aligned, this is what I want, but I just want it to be a little bit bigger and I want it to grow from the center. You can scale from the center of an object by holding down the Alt or the Option key first before you add the Shift key when you start dragging and now this is growing and shrinking from the center.
So the Object menu has lots of ways that you can transform a selected image that you've checked out. So we have the Transform flyout menu that you can move images according to a numerical amount, which might be useful if you have a number of images that you're trying to move by the same exact measure, but you have to remember that in InCopy you don't have the ability to use Smart Guides or guidelines as you do in InDesign, and this time I think I'm just going to right-click on the image and choose Transform. And then Scale, Rotate and Shear will let you do transformations from a dialog box.
Now, I was scaling it before and I was playing around with that but normally this item is turned on and it will automatically say 100%. If you want to scale the image numerically then you can just enter in a new measure here, like let's say I want it to be 125% larger, I don't really need to enter 125% in the Y as well, because by default this Constrain button is turned on. I just need to press Tab and it'll automatically do it for me. If I do want to scale it disproportionately then I need to click this button to break the constraining and then I can say well, I want it to be a little bit longer than it is wide, so I'll say 150%. You know if I'm trying to stretch out a profile of a person or something.
I'll just click Cancel there. So, Rotate obviously will let you rotate the image, so if I say always turn on Preview if you want to see what's going to happen, I'll click in here, and this time I'm just going to press the arrow keys to rotate it a little bit at a time. So I'm pressing the Up Arrow to increase the rotation and the Down Arrow to make it rotate the other way. Now notice just the image is rotating not the frame, not adjust the frame. All you can do is adjust the contents of the frame, just like text frames. Rotate 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise is often very useful or Rotate 180 degrees is a really useful for things like diagrams.
Now also Flip Horizontal and Flip Vertical is useful. Let's fix this rotation now first. Let me go back to 0. That's starting to bug me. I'll try that again. The first amount of rotation that I entered and then internally it set it at 0, so I had to do it again for another 3 degrees to get it to actually be correct, which is a little bizarre and I suppose that Adobe's engineers aren't thinking you're going to be doing a lot of rotating here, so just be careful of that. But what I want to show you is something that you might actually use a little bit more often like Flip Horizontal. If we want this branch to be going the other way, we could choose that, and now it's actually flipped the entire image over here.
All right, so I'm just dragging from one of the frame edges. I just put my Cursor around on top and then I can drag it over. I'm right-clicking and going to Fitting. This was also under the Object menu. A Fitting is something that you might be using a lot, especially this command which is either Fill Frame Proportionally or Fit Content Proportionally. If I choose Fit Content Proportionally, this is the actual correct proportions of the image, but it doesn't really fill the frame, right. So sometimes the frame is not the exact same proportion as the image.
It's really up to you with how you want to do this but if I go to View > Screen mode and choose Preview, and we'll just click off of it, well in this case the frame edge has some sort of Drop Shadow applied to it, but normally you don't see the frame edge. So that's usually not an issue. Go back to Screen mode > Normal and this time, if that is an issue as in this case, we would want to choose a different gitting amount, which would be Fill Frame Proportionally, and that will again proportionally scale the image that you have selected, but it will make sure to fill the frame. Now, part of the image will be cropped out as you can see this little frame area that shows the true size of the image is being cropped out on top and on bottom.
Other fitting commands that you might find useful are Fit Content to Frame, meaning it's okay to resize this content in any way you need to, even disproportionately, as long as it fills the frame. And sometimes the frame itself is very large. You have a small image in a large frame and you just want to make sure it's centered and so in that case you would choose Center Content. If you had a layered Photoshop file, you'd be able to choose Object Layer Options and choose which layers are showing, which ones are hidden, or a layered Illustrator file. InCopy can place any image file format that InDesign can.
These happened to be JPEGs that we're working with, but you can place TIFFS, EPS files, Illustrator files, which are AI, native Photoshop files, PSD, you can even place PDFs and other InDesign files inside these images if you wanted to. That's going a little bit beyond the scope of this video. So to summarize, when manipulating images with the Position tool visually is not enough, then definitely remember that you can always go to the Object menu and use one of its many useful commands under the Transform or Fitting menus.
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