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InDesign is an essential tool for design firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, book publishers, and freelance designers around the world. This course presents the core features and techniques that make this powerful page layout application fun and easy to use. Author David Blatner shows how to navigate and customize the workspace, manage documents and pages, work with text frames and graphics, export and print finished documents, explore creating interactive documents, and much more. He also covers popular topics such as EPUBs and long documents and includes advice on working with overset text, unnamed colors, and other troublesome issues that may arise for first-time designers.
What if you want to put a picture inside of a table cell instead of text? Well, remember that each cell in a table is sort of like a mini text frame. So, the only way to get a graphic in there, is to paste it as an anchor object. I'll zoom down on the bottom part of this page, and I'm going to go grab a graphic. Choose the File menu. Choose Place, and then go grab one of these pictures. I'll drag out a small frame over here to the side of the table. In general, when you are placing pictures inside of cells, you want to make sure they're small.
That is, about the size of the cell itself. If you have a really big picture, then remember to scale it down before you try and put it into the cell. Let's say I want to put it into this cell here. I'll go ahead and double click on this, and delete the text out of it. I'll go grab the selection tool, select my graphic, and I'm going to make it an inline object, by dragging this little anchored box in the upper right corner, that little red box here. I'm going to hold down the shift key to make it an inline box. If I don't hold down the shift key, then it becomes an anchored object, instead of an inline object.
And I talked about the difference between the two in an earlier chapter. But here, you can see that as soon as I drag it in, it becomes an inline object, and it places the whole graphic inside that cell. You'll notice that there's extra space around the graphic. That's kind of annoying, and that's because this cell has a cell inset value. So to get rid of that, I'm going to double click inside the cell itself. That switches to the Type tool, and allows me to get the Cell Options dialog box. Table > Cell Options > Text.
We can see that the cell insets for this cell are all set to four. We want this to be zero. So I'll simply type zero into the first field and then I'll click on this little link button to make them all match. The other thing I'm going to do is turn on Clip Contents to Cell. That means when the cell is smaller than the graphic, it will clip it down, much like an image gets clipped or cropped inside of a graphic frame. The last thing I'm going to do is get rid of this extra space on the right side. I could do this by dragging this column edge over. Or, I'll press Undo here.
I could make this graphic frame larger by holding down Command-Shift, or Control-Shift on Windows, and dragging until it's large. Notice that I made it larger than the cell, and yet it's clipping. That's because we turned on that, Clip Content to Cell checkbox. But this cell and the whole row that it's on is just too big, so I'm going to make that smaller by cropping this slightly differently. I simply changed the height of the graphic frame, and that changes the height of the row. Of course, to move the graphic inside here, I can double-click on it, that grabs the image, and then I can click and drag until it looks the way I want.
Let go, and that looks pretty good. Our table is done at last. But wait! Someone just emailed us with some new updated information! What are we going to do? Well, in the next movie, we're going to look at how to take data from Excel files and even get that data into our finished table without having to start over from scratch.
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