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Using Auto-Fit to set images


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InDesign CS5 New Features

with Anne-Marie Concepción

Video: Using Auto-Fit to set images

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.
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  1. 4m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. The differences between InDesign CS4 and InDesign CS5
      3m 0s
    3. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 22m 48s
    1. Working with the Selection tool
      9m 54s
    2. Learning the live corner effects
      4m 11s
    3. Working with the enhanced Layers panel
      5m 57s
    4. Using Auto-Fit to set images
      2m 46s
  3. 40m 51s
    1. Exploring Mini-Bridge
      12m 59s
    2. Using the Gridify technique
      5m 0s
    3. Working with the Gap tool
      4m 24s
    4. Using Live Distribute
      1m 42s
    5. Getting into Live Captions
      8m 50s
    6. Mixing page sizes with the new Page tool
      7m 56s
  4. 19m 55s
    1. Working in Presentation mode
      2m 51s
    2. Understanding document-installed fonts
      5m 53s
    3. Using multithreading for faster PDF exports
      3m 0s
    4. Managing tracked changes in a document
      8m 11s
  5. 8m 4s
    1. Spanning and splitting columns
      6m 8s
    2. Balancing columns
      1m 56s
  6. 26m 20s
    1. Creating documents with interactive features
      7m 59s
    2. Using the new Preview panel
      6m 51s
    3. Exploring new FLA export options
      6m 19s
    4. Using the Export to Interactive PDF command
      5m 11s
  7. 11m 1s
    1. Using the Media panel
      6m 58s
    2. Creating and using navigation points
      4m 3s
  8. 23m 36s
    1. Animating objects with the Animation panel
      8m 57s
    2. Creating and editing motion presets
      5m 16s
    3. Controlling animations with events and actions
      4m 24s
    4. Managing multiple animations with the Timing panel
      4m 59s
  9. 9m 55s
    1. Creating multistate objects with the States panel
      6m 10s
    2. Navigating states with button actions
      3m 45s
  10. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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Watch the Online Video Course InDesign CS5 New Features
2h 47m Intermediate Apr 12, 2010

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Author Anne-Marie Concepción gives a comprehensive demonstration of the latest features in Adobe InDesign CS5, including desktop publishing tips, workarounds, and practical applications of each feature. InDesign CS5 New Features covers creating interactive documents, tracking text changes with Word, a number of object selection and transformation enhancements, and the ability to mix page sizes. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Adding spanning heads over columns and splitting columns
  • Using the revamped Layers panel
  • Editing and customizing motion path presets
  • Adding interactive features
  • Controlling and managing multiple animations
  • Mixing page sizes in a single document
  • Publishing to a variety of Flash formats using the enhanced Export dialog
  • Creating multi-state objects
  • Using the new Gap tool and Gridify techniques
Subject:
Design
Software:
InDesign
Author:
Anne-Marie Concepción

Using Auto-Fit to set images

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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