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In InDesign CS5 you can still scale an image with the mouse right in the layout just like in earlier versions. So let me review that. If I select this image with the Selection tool and I drag on a handle, just the frame resizes. That's the normal action. Let me put this back. If I hold down the Command or Ctrl key and then drag, the image scales as I drag. If I hold down the Shift key, it scales proportionally along with the frame. All right, so that still works. But check this out; Look at this image.
If I click on this image and then drag a handle without holding down any modifier key, the image scales automatically. No matter how I twist and turn the frame, the image is scaling proportionally. Now how is that working? It's because of a new fitting option called Auto-Fit and you might have noticed that it's turned on here for this image in the Control panel. So we have some new widgets in the Control panel for fitting and for turning Auto-Fit on and off. Now this image was normal. It did not have Auto-Fit turn on.
This image did have Auto-Fit turned on. Auto-Fit remembers the frame fitting option that you set for that image, and it tries to maintain it. If you'd look at the second page on this spread, I've created 3 examples, alright. The image has been set to Fit Frame to Content, which is kind of the same as Fit Content to Frame. In other words it's supposed to fit but it doesn't care if it's proportional or not. Let me close this. This one has been set to Fit Content Proportionately, and this one to Fill Frame Proportionately.
All of them have Auto-Fit turned on. So if I select them all, you can see the checkmark is turned on next to Auto-Fit. So if I drag out Fit Frame to Content and just start dragging, now I'm not holding down any modifier keys, you see that the image automatically scales as I drag. Nothing is being cropped out and the image can scale disproportionately. I would have to hold down Shift key to keep things proportionate, which is not bad. And then Fit Content Proportionately, it will always fit that content proportionately because Auto-Fit is turned on. That's pretty slick.
Normally you would have to resize then turn on Fit Content Proportionately. Here it's doing it constantly. Probably the one that's most useful is when you choose to Fill the Frame Proportionately and then you turn on Auto-Fit as well. Then the drag will always create a proportional scale and InDesign will make an internal decision about where to crop in order to fill the frame proportionately. I think it's pretty cool. You can also get to this command not just from the Control panel but of course from the Object Fitting command.
If you go down to Frame Fitting Options, you'll see the new checkbox is right there: Auto-Fit. Auto-Fit is a handy tool and a welcome addition to InDesign CS5.
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