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By David Blatner | Thursday, July 31, 2014

Import Folder of Images to InDesign — One Per Page

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Today’s episode of InDesign Secrets was inspired by a question from a fan who asked, “How do I import a folder full of pictures, and place just one on each page?”

The truth is it’s a difficult task to perform with InDesign alone. But there are two (non-intimidating!) scripts that make it possible.

In this week’s free tutorial, I’ll pop out the Scripts panel and show you how to get to the Image Catalog script, which comes built into InDesign.

Simply double-click the script, locate your folder of images, and use the options to set how many images show up per page.

But sometimes Image Catalog isn’t enough. It doesn’t allow you to control the size of the graphic frame on each page or style the frames. Luckily, there is another, slightly more complex technique that gives you more design choices.

It involves a script called Images to CSV that you can download from our website, indesignsecrets.com. Images to CSV generates a data file that acts like a map to your images. You pass this map to the Data Merge command, and it pulls in your images automatically. This method allows you to control where images are placed, how large the frames are, and how frames are styled (with strokes, borders, etc.).

It’s a longer process, but it goes quickly when you have it mastered. And both these methods are much faster than placing your images manually.

Dive in to learn all the details, and start putting these scripts to work for you.

Come back next week for another free episode of InDesign Secrets.

 

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