Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Placing the images and positioning with the Gap tool, part of Designing a Brochure.
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- In this movie I'll be placing pictures into the frames I've created and then crop and scale those images as necessary. And use the Gap Tool to adjust the relative sizes of those images. I'm referring to my rough sketch to know where the images go. You can refer to the final PDF if you want to put the same images in exactly the same locations. So I'll press Command or Control+D to go to Place and then from the Assets folder I'm going to select all of the images.
All of the files in that folder with the exception of the text file. So I have 21 images on my loaded picture cursor. I'm on the first spread, the outside panels. And if a picture on my picture cursor is not one that I want just yet, I'll just press my right or left arrow to move to the next one. So I'm just clicking inside each of the picture frames. Moving to the next picture if that picture is not going on this particular spread.
When I get to this one I didn't draw a picture frame for this in the previous step. So I'm just going to create a picture frame on the fly by clicking and dragging and we'll come back and adjust that one in a moment. For the map of Great Britain, that too I didn't create the picture frame for. Just clicking and dragging to create a frame on the fly. I'm now going to move to the next spread. And there's going to be some reconfiguration of these images quite a bit when we actually get them into the frames.
This is just a starting point. Okay. So now with all of my pictures placed, let's reconfigure them using the Gap Tool. In the case of this panel, I actually want this image to be a landscape image. I'm gonna move that one across to there. Move that one up to the top. Let's delete that empty frame. Select this one and reconfigure it like so. I have my auto-fit option turned on. So that the picture fitting updates according to the new frame size.
And then I need to close up the gap between these two images. So I'll choose the Gap Tool, a much under-used tool in InDesign, and to close up the gap hold down the Command key as you drag those two together. And we see on my smart cursor it currently says 1p6, I want that to say 1 pica as being the space between those two images. I'll press "v" to go back to my selection tool and select this image.
And this image requires some cropping and some of these images will require cropping this being one of them. I'll select the picture inside the picture frame by clicking on the content grabber. And then tap my up arrow to move the picture within the frame. Over on this panel, some more Gap Tool action needed I'll delete that empty frame, tap "u" to go to my Gap Tool, and then with the Gap Tool hold down the Command key, and bring these two images together with a 1 pica gutter between them.
And because the auto-fit option is on part of that object's style that is applied to the images then the fitting updates. I'll switch now back to the previous spread. So now on my outside panels, I have some major reconfiguration to do on the cover panel. I'll select this image. And move this up and I'm gonna size that up, like so. Select this image, move it up to that guide.
Switch to my Gap Tool by pressing the "u" key, and then hold down my Command key and close up the gap between these two. A similar thing needs to happen with this image. I'm going to move this up so that it aligns with the top of the image to it's right. I'll resize it from the bottom of the picture frame. Recrop it. And then, I'm also going to just reposition the map and rescale the map slightly.
Holding down Command+Shift. Pulling from it's corner. And on this outside panel, I will delete that empty picture frame, switch to my Gap Tool, hold down the Command key and close up the gap between these two. So my pictures may require some slight cropping and scaling adjustments still but I more or less have the images in place where I want them. And I can now move on to placing the text.
- Generating ideas
- Working with templates
- Choosing the right text and typography
- Choosing colors, images, and printing and folding methods
- Creating single-fold, trifold, double parallel fold, and broadside brochures
- Placing and styling text
- Scaling and cropping images
- Preparing a brochure for print