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Adding or replacing graphics

From: InDesign CS6 Essential Training

Video: Adding or replacing graphics

It's easy to get graphics into InDesign, and you may be tempted to copy them out of one program and paste them in here. But don't do it. Resist the urge. Instead, you want to place them, that is go to the File menu and choose Place. When you choose Place InDesign gives you a list of all the different files that you can place inside this document. In this case, I'm going to place the logo file, this .AI or Adobe Illustrator file, and when I click Open, InDesign loads that graphic up into the Place cursor sometimes called the Place Gun.

Adding or replacing graphics

It's easy to get graphics into InDesign, and you may be tempted to copy them out of one program and paste them in here. But don't do it. Resist the urge. Instead, you want to place them, that is go to the File menu and choose Place. When you choose Place InDesign gives you a list of all the different files that you can place inside this document. In this case, I'm going to place the logo file, this .AI or Adobe Illustrator file, and when I click Open, InDesign loads that graphic up into the Place cursor sometimes called the Place Gun.

The Place cursor let's me insert or place this graphic inside of a frame that I already have, or it will create a frame for me. But it's important to pay attention to the Place cursor icon. In this case, you'll see that the icon has a sharp edge on it, and that means it's going to create a new frame. If I move on top of this empty graphic frame on the right side of the page, you'll notice that the cursor changes slightly to rounded corners, kind of like parenthesis. That means that the image is going to be placed inside this frame.

I'm going to comeback here and click in this blank area where there are no frames, and when I click, InDesign creates a frame and places the graphic into it. Let's go ahead and get another graphic. I'll go to the File menu, choose Place or you could press Command+D or Ctrl+D on Windows, and I'll choose this spirals image. Click Open, and you'll see that the image is placed inside that same graphic frame that I had selected. That's actually not what I intended to do. I wanted to put those spirals over here inside this frame.

By default, InDesign will replace one graphic with another, when you use the Place command. If that's not what you intended, like here, you can undo that by going to the Edit menu and choosing Undo, or in this case, I'll just press Command+Z or Ctrl+Z on Windows. That undoes the Place, but it loads the Place cursor and you can see that now this graphic is on my Place cursor icon. I'll come over here, click, and that graphic goes inside this frame. The graphic is too large for the frame, but I'll deal with that later.

I'm going to bring in a couple of more graphics, but I'm going to deselect this graphic frame by clicking in this area off on the right where there are no frames, that deselects it. That way my new image won't go into that same frame. Now I'll go back to the Place dialog box by pressing Command+D or Ctrl+D on Windows, and I want my graphic here, this logo to go at the bottom part of this page. But I can see by looking at that icon, that if I click it's going to go inside of a frame. The frame is that big, black box behind the page.

I don't want it to do that. I want to make a new frame, so instead of clicking I'm going to click and drag, and when I click and drag, InDesign makes a frame exactly that size, places the graphic into it and scales it to fit that frame. Okay, let's go ahead and grab the last image. I'll click out here, go back to my Place dialog box, choose this Photoshop file, click Open, and then I'm going to simply click out here to place that graphic inside my document. Again, InDesign makes a frame, and places the picture into it.

You'll notice that InDesign honors the transparency from this Photoshop file, that is, where there is checkerboard background in Photoshop, is transparent here in InDesign. So I can see right through that background area. But there's something else here, that you don't see and that is, that InDesign is linking to the file on disk. Every time you place an image in InDesign, it doesn't actually embed the image into the InDesign document. It links to it. It creates a link between the InDesign document and the high-resolution file on disk.

And you can see that link by going to the Links panel. Over on the right side of your page in what's called the dock, I'll click on Links. That open the Links panel and we can see that because the image is selected on the page it's also highlighted here in the Links panel. There's my Photoshop file and we can see that this image is linked to, that Photoshop file on disk. There's much more to say about pictures and graphics and links, and I'm going to cover all of that in detail in a later chapter. For now, we finally have a document that has text and graphics, but it's definitely far from finished.

Next, I'm going to show you how to move these objects around, to get just the look that you want.

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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. What is InDesign?
      1m 23s
  2. 2m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  3. 21m 19s
    1. Getting started
      3m 33s
    2. Adding or editing text
      3m 23s
    3. Adding or replacing graphics
      4m 31s
    4. Moving objects around
      4m 55s
    5. Printing and creating a PDF
      4m 57s
  4. 26m 6s
    1. Exploring the application window
      6m 25s
    2. Navigating and magnifying pages and objects
      6m 24s
    3. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 35s
    4. Working with panels
      3m 58s
    5. Setting the view quality of artwork
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting view and preview settings
      4m 13s
  5. 27m 52s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 39s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      4m 2s
    3. Saving for CS4 and CS5 with IDML
      2m 24s
    4. Setting the margin and column guides
      4m 29s
    5. Putting ruler guides on the page
      5m 7s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 11s
  6. 23m 37s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      4m 32s
    2. Changing page size
      4m 38s
    3. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 18s
    4. Overriding master page items
      2m 43s
    5. Adding page numbering
      2m 22s
    6. Changing page numbering with sections
      4m 4s
  7. 52m 47s
    1. Understanding text frames
      3m 38s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 48s
    3. Inserting special characters
      4m 1s
    4. Importing text
      3m 47s
    5. Threading text frames
      3m 12s
    6. Setting text frame columns
      4m 31s
    7. Setting text inset and vertical justification options
      3m 48s
    8. Allowing text frames to grow and shrink
      4m 5s
    9. Putting text on a path
      5m 50s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      5m 10s
    11. Checking spelling
      5m 12s
    12. Using Find/Change
      4m 45s
  8. 28m 19s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 20s
    2. Using the Links panel
      7m 17s
    3. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 10s
    4. Fitting graphics to the frame
      5m 1s
    5. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 31s
  9. 35m 49s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 2s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      5m 6s
    3. Colorizing images
      1m 59s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 4s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      3m 33s
    6. Using other transparency effects
      5m 15s
    7. Copying and formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      5m 59s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 51s
  10. 18m 34s
    1. Creating color swatches
      4m 33s
    2. Understanding the danger and power of unnamed colors
      5m 46s
    3. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 53s
    4. Applying gradients
      4m 22s
  11. 15m 27s
    1. Editing frame and path shapes
      5m 8s
    2. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      4m 8s
    3. Making polygons and starbursts
      1m 59s
    4. Creating text outlines
      4m 12s
  12. 37m 56s
    1. Positioning objects with the Gap tool
      3m 54s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 5s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      5m 27s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 33s
    5. Grouping and locking objects
      3m 10s
    6. Nesting objects
      3m 23s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 20s
    8. Understanding text wrap
      5m 51s
    9. Using anchored objects
      6m 13s
  13. 26m 16s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 37s
    2. Collecting, conveying, and placing content
      8m 58s
    3. Rotating objects
      2m 22s
    4. Scaling objects
      4m 21s
    5. Skewing objects
      1m 8s
    6. Mirroring objects
      3m 50s
  14. 24m 19s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 31s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 28s
    3. Changing case
      3m 23s
    4. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      5m 3s
    5. Using Find Font
      3m 54s
  15. 32m 51s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 4s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      2m 10s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      1m 52s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 26s
    5. Setting tabs
      7m 36s
    6. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 23s
    7. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 10s
    8. Numbering paragraphs
      6m 10s
  16. 19m 47s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 10s
    2. Using character styles
      4m 45s
    3. Editing and redefining styles
      2m 20s
    4. Using object styles
      2m 47s
    5. Applying styles with Quick Apply
      3m 45s
  17. 39m 59s
    1. Creating a table
      4m 29s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      4m 36s
    3. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      3m 0s
    4. Formatting a table
      4m 32s
    5. Formatting cells
      6m 2s
    6. Applying table styles
      5m 33s
    7. Placing graphics in cells
      3m 1s
    8. Importing Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 46s
  18. 16m 45s
    1. Building a multi-document book
      7m 27s
    2. Creating "continued on..." jump lines
      3m 51s
    3. Constructing a table of contents (TOC)
      5m 27s
  19. 23m 8s
    1. Exporting EPUBs
      6m 12s
    2. Creating an interactive PDF
      12m 49s
    3. Building a Flash SWF
      4m 7s
  20. 28m 1s
    1. Checking a document with the Preflight panel
      5m 26s
    2. Packaging for output
      3m 34s
    3. Using the Print dialog box
      4m 52s
    4. Printing a small booklet
      2m 46s
    5. Exporting a PDF
      7m 56s
    6. Exporting text
      3m 27s
  21. 1m 25s
    1. Next steps
      1m 25s

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