Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Add or replace graphics, part of InDesign CC 2018 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] I'm starting up where I left off in the last movie, and you can see that we are still zoomed in. So I'm going to zoom back, by going up to the view menu and then choosing 'Fit Page in Window.' There we go. Now, it's easy to get graphics in the In Design, and you may be tempted to Copy them out of one program and then paste them in here, but don't do it. Resist the urge. Instead, you want to place them. That is, go to the File Menu, and choose Place. Now, before I do that, I'm going to come back over here and choose my selection tool.
That the black arrow tool at the top of the tool panel. Now, I'm going to click out here in what's called the paste board area. Where there is no other objects. That's just to make sure that nothing is selected on my page. Now I'll explain why in just a moment. Okay, now I'll go back to File Menu and choose Place. When you do that, In Design gives you a list of all the different files that you can place inside this document. And in this case, I'm going to choose this graphic, PixelFordlogo light. It's a pdf file from Adobe Illustrator.
Now, when I click Open, In Design loads up what's called the place cursor or the place gun. This place cursor lets me insert or place the graphic inside of a frame that I already have, or, it will create a frame for me. But it's very important to pay attention to the place cursor icon. Now right now, if you look closely in the upper left corner, I see that the place cursor has these little dotted lines. For example, if I move the cursor up here on top of this empty frame, you'll see that the cursor has these curved lines around it, kind of like parenthesis, and that means if I click right now, this image is going to go into that empty frame.
But if I move it down here, to where there is no frames, the cursor changes. Now it shows me a sharp corner. That means if I click, it's going to create a new frame for me. So, I'm simply going to click, and you'll see in comes the graphic. You'll see that it made a frame, and then put the image into it, but it's too big. So I'm going to undo that, by pressing Command Z on the Mac, or Control Z on Windows. That reloads the place cursor. And now, I'm going to click and drag out here. That way I can specify exactly how big I want this graphic to be.
Okay, let me go get another graphic, but before I do, notice that this frame, this graphic frame is still selected. So I'll go to the File Menu, and choose Place. This time, I'm going to choose a different graphic, the Pixelfordlogo dot AI file. This is a native Adobe Illustrator file, which I can import into In Design. Now in this case, it didn't load the place cursor. Instead, it replaced the graphic that was on the paste board with my new image, and that's because the graphic frame was selected when I placed the new image.
Now this is not what I intended to do. I wanted to put the logo over here inside this frame, but that's okay. In Design has a very robust Undo feature. So, in this case, I'm going to go to the Edit Menu and choose Undo. Or of course, you could press Command Z or Control Z in Windows. In this case, that loads the place cursor for me. Now, I can place it on top of this graphic and click. So, the graphic goes into that frame. It's too large for the frame, but I'll deal with that later. Now, there is one issue that I want to fix right away.
The graphics that I just replaced are really jaggy and they shouldn't be. To fix that, I'm going to go to the View Menu, come down to Display Performance, and then choose High Quality Display. There we go, that's much better. Okay, I'm going to bring in one more image, but this time I'm going to deselect this by clicking out here on a part of the page that has no objects. Now, I'll go back to my Place Dialogue box, and I'm going to do that by pressing Command D on the Mac or Control D on Windows. And in here, I'm going to choose this JPEG image called Blur of Activity.
When I click Open, it loads the place cursor, and now I can simply click and drag. So, this is great, but there is something important going on here that you don't see immediately. And that is that In Design is linking to the files on disk, that is, every time you place an image into In Design, it doesn't actually embed the image into your document. Instead, it links to it. It creates a link between the In Design document and the high resolution file on disk. Now you can see that link by going to the links panel.
That's over here on the right, in what's called the doc. The doc contains a bunch of the panels that I often use. So in this case, I'm going to click on links to open the links panel, and then here in the links panel I can see all of the images that I've placed. Because that photoshop JPEG image is selected on the page, it's also selected here in the links panel. There is much more to say about pictures and graphics and links, and I'm going to cover all of that in detail in a later chapter. But for now, we finally have a document that has text and graphics, but it's definitely far from finished.
Next, I'm going to show you how to move all of these objects around to get just the look that you want.
- Creating a new layout
- Inserting pages
- Adding text
- Inserting graphics
- Applying color and transparency
- Drawing and editing frames and paths
- Formatting objects
- Formatting text
- Creating styles for uniform formatting
- Building tables
- Adding links and interactivity
- Printing and exporting InDesign documents