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Author David Blatner provides in-depth training on InDesign CS5, Adobe's print and interactive page layout application, in InDesign CS5 Essential Training. The course shows how to create new documents with strong and flexible master pages, precisely position text and graphics, prepare documents for print, and export designs as interactive PDF or Flash SWF files. Exercise files are included with the course.
What happens after you put an image on your page and then realize you need to edit that image somehow? For example, I'm looking at this snowboarder, and I am thinking, he just kind of looks wrong. I want to do some image editing on him. I'd like to do that in Photoshop. Now, I could go to disk, find that image, open it in Photoshop and edit it and so on. But because I am looking at it here in InDesign, it's far easier to use a feature called Edit Original. Edit Original lives in several places inside InDesign. For example, I can select that image, go to the Edit menu and choose Edit Original.
I am not going to do that quite yet, because I want to point out the other places that it lives. The natural place to find Edit Original, of course, is the Links panel. So I'll open the Links panel and we can see that the Edit Original has its own button. It's this little pencil shaped thing down to the lower right corner of the panel. Edit Original lives here, and of course one more place, inside the Links panel menu, we can choose Edit Original. And if you choose any of those Edit Originals, it will open this program up in its original application. Now, in this case, I want it to open in Photoshop, but unfortunately, that didn't happen. What happened? It opened it up in the Mac OS Preview application.
This sometimes happens. Either on the Mac, it will open in Preview. In Windows, it sometimes opens in the Window Paint and Fax Viewer application or whatever it's called. And the reason it does this is because InDesign doesn't actually know what the original application is. InDesign has no idea what the program is. Instead it relies entirely on the operating system for this information. Basically, Edit Original is exactly the same as double-clicking on the image in a folder, right on your desktop, inside the Finder or Windows Explorer.
So sometimes those files open in the wrong program. So if that happens, I come back to InDesign, go to the Links panel menu or the Edit menu, either place, and I look for, not Edit Original, but Edit With. So I'm telling InDesign, I want to edit this image with, in this case Photoshop CS 5. You'll see I have a bunch of different applications on here that could edit that file but I am going to use Photoshop CS 5. So that tells Photoshop to open up the file. Now, I can edit it. For example, I rotate him around around 180 degrees, and I'll so some kind of crazy thing like Command+I or Ctrl+I on Windows to invert him.
And then, I will simply save the file, with File > Save, close the file and come back to InDesign. And watch what happens when I come back to InDesign. I am just going to click on InDesign, and immediately it updates. Let me move the Links panel out of the way here. I'll close that. And you can see that it updated. I didn't have to click an Update button. I did not do anything special, because as soon as I use the Edit Original feature or Edit With, InDesign is watching. It's just sitting there waiting and watching that file to see when it changes.
And as soon as I come back to InDesign, it says, oh, he made a change. I'll update it. So it's very simple, really easy. Getting efficient with InDesign and the Creative Suite means making the programs all work together as smoothly as possible. The Edit Original and Edit With features are a big part of that operation. So it's worth getting used to using them whenever possible.
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