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In InDesign CS4 Power Shortcuts, Adobe product manager and designer Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every InDesign user must know. From placing multiple images to the hidden power of Quick Apply, each one of these videos covers an important topic, and includes just the right amount of information to make anyone a true InDesign power user. InDesign users are always looking for faster, more efficient ways to do everything, and this course offers just what they're looking for. Exercise files accompany the course.
We have got a lot of options on how a piece of content should fit inside a frame once you have placed it. So let's go ahead and bring an image into this frame here. We will go ahead and select that frame and we will use our File > Place command, Command+D or Ctrl+D, and we are going to place this image here, Garden.jpg. It's pretty big. Go ahead and click Open and it drops it into that selected frame. Now, that image is much larger than that frame. So if I were to double-click and click and hold on the resulting image, you can see how much bigger it is. So we will go back to our Selection tool and just click on that frame again.
In the Control panel, by default there should be some frame fitting buttons up here in the Control panel, up at the top of the screen. If you are not seeing them for some reason, then under the Customize flyout menu here at the bottom, you can go to your Object section and just make sure that Frame Fitting (Object), those things are turned on. Go ahead and click OK, and we have got five different buttons to choose from. So the first one that's kind of interesting is Fit the content to the frame. Now let's go ahead and click that button, and what that will do is just that. It fits the content to the frame. Now, it doesn't necessarily do it proportionally, so it may end up stretching the image either horizontally, vertically, or both in order to make that happen.
It just depends on the aspect ratio of the photo and the aspect ratio of the frame that you put it in. So just keep that in mind. I am going to undo that, Command+Z, Ctrl+Z. The button below that is the opposite direction. That makes the frame big enough to fit the content. So instead of shrinking the content to fit in the existing frame size, make the frame as big as the content. So I will go ahead and click that. A lot of times that's useful. In this particular example it's not what I want, so I am going to go ahead and undo that as well. Two other buttons that are useful, Fit content proportionally. Now, this may end up giving you some extra frame that you don't need.
Maybe I will shrink the frame later. But let's go ahead and choose this, Fit content proportionally. So there you can see that the aspect ratio of the frame does not match the aspect ratio of the image, so you do have some extra frame there. But that's okay, because you can just double- click on that side handle to shrink the frame. Go ahead and undo that and we will undo the other operation as well, Command+Z. Then this button here is Fill the frame proportionally. So that's keep it proportional and crop it if necessary, so we don't end up with some empty frame. So we will click that button. This is probably the button I use the most, because now my frame is a fixed size.
It's usually the case where you are fitting a frame into a column design and you want that to be a fixed side. You want the content to fill the frame as large as possible without stretching and then crop it if it needs to, to accomplish that. Once it's in the frame, you can just double-click and then click and hold with the hand and just reposition it to change the crop if you want to and then just deselect when you are done. Get my Selection tool again and there you have it. The last button is just the Center button. Center the image inside the frame, if it isn't already.
I will go ahead and click that button and it just does a center crop. So five buttons that come in really handy to change how content interacts with its frame. If you haven't discovered them on your own, hopefully after this video you are like wow, those are awesome! I can use those everyday.
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