Join Anne-Marie Concepción for an in-depth discussion in this video Content-aware fit, part of InDesign CC 2019 New Features.
- [Narrator] Content aware fit is a new method of fitting pictures into picture frames. But why are we looking at this page called Adobe Sensei on Adobe's website? Because content aware fit is the first time that InDesign is taking advantage of this kind of technology from Adobe. Other programs have had it for a few versions and you can read this if you'd like, but mainly, Adobe Sensei is artificial intelligence and machine learning.
And it actually looks at the contents of images and automatically puts the important stuff right in the middle. So, let's see how that works. So I'm going to go to InDesign and we're looking at two spreads from a magazine. Some pictures I've already placed, some I haven't. So here's a picture I've placed inside of a portrait sized frame. And if I press and hold on it, you can see that the image content is actually more landscape. And when I place it in here, we're not really seeing the important parts of the image.
So, before content aware fit, to get this to fit, you would go to object fitting and maybe choose fit and maybe choose fill frame proportionally, which really doesn't do much of a better job. Or let me just right click here. Choose fit content proportionally so now we can see the whole image. But we really want to fit this frame. So, instead, what we could do, is go to object fitting and choose content aware fit.
Look at that. It put the important parts of the image right in the middle. So let's try that again with some of the other image frames here. I want you to take a look at the original images which I have queued up here in Photoshop. We're gonna put this olive oil technician in one. Here's a conveyor belt full of olives. And Adobe stock image of an olive hanging from a branch. And then, just a nice little still life of olives and olive oil. Alright, so back here in our layout, in the upper right, I'll select this frame, and we'll place the picture of the technician, this guy, and just click it right in there.
That does a very poor job, but now I can right click and choose content aware fit, or choose the keyboard shortcut cmd + option + x or control + alt + x in Windows. Good job, Adobe Sensei! This one down here I'm gonna place an image of the conveyor right here which is pretty much already centered. Right click, choose fitting content aware fit, it doesn't make that much of a difference. So, really, sometimes content aware fit will make major changes to what's showing in your image frame.
Sometimes it just makes a little adjustment; it really depends on the content of the image. Let's take a look at this spread, here. So down here, we're going to place the picture of the olive hanging from the branch. So I'll comd + d, I'll ctrl + d, and that's Adobe stock photo. It actually came out good. Let me right click and choose fitting, content aware fit, it did a poorer job.
So sometimes Adobe Sensei kinda fails and you actually need to go in here and edit it yourself. But in this last one, let's place that image of a table with olives and olive oil. This guy right here. And click inside. Yikes! And right click, choose fitting content aware fit. Great job, Adobe! So it's a new fitting option. Couple things you should know: It can be made the default for placing images.
So if you go to preferences at the bottom of the general panel you'll see content aware fit make content aware fit the default frame fitting option. Which could make your production go very quickly. If you have that turned on by default. Or, you could use the keyboard shortcut or mini command. What you can't do, unfortunately, is include it in an object style. If we come here, go to fitting and choose frame fitting options under auto fit content fitting, it's not an option here.
And these are the options that show up in object styles. So that's a feature request for the next iteration. But for now, I encourage you to give it a try in your next publication and see how quickly it speeds up your layout production.
- Using Adjust Layout and Content-Aware Fit
- Working with the Properties panel
- Importing PDF comments
- Visual font browsing
- Converting endnotes and footnotes
- Export enhancements