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Looking at the Links panel

From: InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

Video: Looking at the Links panel

The Links panel shows you everything that is linked in your document, and let's take a look at that now. If I open up my Links panel, I can see there are 11 linked images in my document. I notice at the very top there's an image with a triangle next to it. When I click on that, I can see this image was used twice, once on page 3 and once on page 6. When I click on the 3, it takes me to that page and shows me the image. Again, I can do the same thing for page 6. Now, the other thing I can do with the Links panel is I can see if anything is missing or modified.

Looking at the Links panel

The Links panel shows you everything that is linked in your document, and let's take a look at that now. If I open up my Links panel, I can see there are 11 linked images in my document. I notice at the very top there's an image with a triangle next to it. When I click on that, I can see this image was used twice, once on page 3 and once on page 6. When I click on the 3, it takes me to that page and shows me the image. Again, I can do the same thing for page 6. Now, the other thing I can do with the Links panel is I can see if anything is missing or modified.

I notice next to this image here I have a Stop sign. That means InDesign does not know where this image is located. It's either been moved or changed since I saved my document. To re-link it, I'm going to click on this image, and then I'm going to go up here and choose Relink from my flyout menu. I can also double-click on the image to re-link it as well. When I do that, I notice that it had a slight name change, but it's the same image. So I'm going to select that image and hit Open. The other thing I can do with my Links panel is if I click on the Triangle down at the bottom, I can show the link information.

So I can tell the color mode here is RGB, the effective resolution is 334 pixels per inch, and I can also tell where this image is located on my hard drive. The Links panel shows us a lot of information, all the documents that are linked in our file, and if they're missing or modified. It also shows us what page they're on, and by clicking on here, allows us to navigate to that page.

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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

42 video lessons · 15560 viewers

James Wamser
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  1. 3m 19s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      31s
    3. Asking the right questions before starting your document
      1m 54s
  2. 21m 59s
    1. Building documents correctly
      3m 9s
    2. Understanding facing pages vs. non-facing pages
      2m 8s
    3. Creating a four-page spread with a left-hand page 1
      1m 48s
    4. Creating a gatefold layout
      2m 7s
    5. Creating a letterfold layout
      2m 27s
    6. Creating a book cover layout for a perfect bound book
      3m 11s
    7. Creating a calendar layout
      3m 13s
    8. Creating a drill edge
      3m 56s
  3. 11m 16s
    1. Understanding the preflight settings
      4m 55s
    2. Creating profiles
      2m 26s
    3. Loading and embedding profiles
      1m 18s
    4. Looking at the results
      2m 37s
  4. 10m 13s
    1. Understanding process colors, spot colors, and the Ink Manager
      1m 57s
    2. Using overprint vs. knockout
      1m 46s
    3. Using rich black (percentages of CMYK)
      1m 44s
    4. Checking for unnamed colors
      2m 4s
    5. Using mixed inks and registration
      2m 42s
  5. 4m 25s
    1. Using layers
      2m 25s
    2. Understanding Conditional Text and GREP
      2m 0s
  6. 6m 6s
    1. Understanding document fonts
      1m 33s
    2. Avoiding common font problems
      2m 57s
    3. Choosing the best font formats
      1m 36s
  7. 9m 0s
    1. Looking at the Links panel
      1m 32s
    2. Customizing the Links panel
      1m 56s
    3. Understanding resolution and scaling
      2m 4s
    4. Understanding actual resolution vs. effective resolution
      1m 53s
    5. Choosing file formats
      1m 35s
  8. 6m 47s
    1. Understanding RGB and CMYK
      2m 13s
    2. Using ICC profiles
      2m 13s
    3. Converting from RGB to CMYK during PDF export
      2m 21s
  9. 7m 44s
    1. Understanding accurate soft proofing in Acrobat
      2m 32s
    2. Using the Separations Preview panel
      3m 16s
    3. Using the Flattener Preview panel
      1m 56s
  10. 11m 43s
    1. Packaging your files
      2m 0s
    2. Using Adobe PDF presets
      2m 2s
    3. Understanding PDF/X-1a vs. PDF/X4
      3m 20s
    4. Understanding when to create an Acrobat layer
      1m 25s
    5. Using single pages vs. spreads
      2m 56s
  11. 2m 14s
    1. Final thoughts: 10 things to keep your printer happy
      2m 14s

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