Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® Intermediate: Beyond the Basics


Lesson Info

Working with Images: Image Options

We're gonna jump in start working with images. So, we're gonna be placing some images, and doing some automation to placing those images as well. I'm gonna assume, everybody, since we're in the the second, kind of level of class here, an advance sort of thing, we know how to place images. So, if not, be sure to shout out in the chat rooms, I guess. How'd she do that? Alright, so I'm just gonna create a new document, and I'm gonna start placing some images. And, once of the things that I see when I place images sometimes, is that they don't fit in the frame just right. So, we're gonna look at how to change the fitting, how to get that to fit in the frame better, and also, how to automate that. And again, you're gonna hear that throughout the day. Automate, automate, automate. And, as Chris mentioned, it's a way to save time, and when you save time, you're actually making money, if this is your job, right. So, we wanna be able to get our work done. I always joke, we wanna get our work do...

ne, so we can go to our coffee choice, coffee house of choice, get our drink and be done. But for me, it's not just about getting it done quickly, but getting it done properly, and knowing that when I do the same thing, over and over again, I'm not actually doing all the work over and over again. I always joke, if I can do it, if I can train a monkey to do it, there's probably a button or script for it, that I can do it in design. So, I don't wanna be a trained monkey, I wanna set this up, and have, let's make InDesign be my trained monkey for me. Alright, so, I'm sue Adore loves that. If anybody from Adobe's listening, I didn't really mean it. (laughs) So, I'm gonna go ahead and place an image, I'm gonna use Control or Command D, and I'm actually enter it, so we can see what the keyboard shortcuts are, that we're using. And, I'm going to just place some images. So, I'm gonna grab, let's actually grab some travel images, I guess here, we'll grab these, and, where haven't we gone? We haven't looked at anything in Colorado lately, let's do that. We're gonna look at a continental divide picture, and a Mesa Verde, and okay, we're also gonna go into Utah, just so you know, we're gonna look at the arches monument here. And I'm gonna go ahead and say, open. And, I've got a couple of different things that I can do. I can either click to place, and so, everybody kinda knows that, click to place. We can click and drag to place. But sometimes we either have to put it into a frame that doesn't fit the image, or vice versa, or we're creating a frame on the fly and we realize, oops, we need this to be a tall frame, but we got this wide picture ready to go. So, that's gonna create something that's gonna give us weird fitting, inside the frame. So, in this case, let's say I wanna create a tall frame, with this image. And I'm just gonna click and drag, and I wanna hold down my shift key, so that I can actually choose, the proportions of my image frame. If I don't hold that down, it automatically wants to draw a proportional shape for me. But I'm gonna hold down the shift key, so it becomes this tall shape, and I'm gonna let go. And, well what it did, is it still placed it wide, and I just made a tall frame, why is that? Well, let's actually look at what's happening here. I need to turn on my frame edges, keep saying I wanna do this when I have no document open, so that everyone will automatically have the frame I just turned on, I haven't done that yet, but I will. So, I've got this frame, and here's that tall frame, I created. But, it fitted, entire inside the image. And that's the default, is that the image wants to fit entire inside the frame, proportionally, but it didn't fill it. I wanted it to fill it, so I don't have these white gaps on the top and bottom. So, I can change this after the fact. So, select the frame, go up under the object menu, and choose fitting. And I have several different options here. I can fill the frame proportionally, which is one that I use a lot. And what that is, is it grew the image, it didn't distort it, but if I click on the image, I can see that the image is here and it's wide, but what it did, is it centered up that image, inside that frame. And that's fine, if that's what we wanted to do. Let's actually undo that, we'll bring it back to the way it was when I first placed it. And go back under the fitting menu again, I can also fit the content proportionally, which is exactly what it's done. It's fitted on all sides. So, what the fill does, is it fills it, so that you don't have any white space, it automatically fills it to the edge of the frame, fitting it means, it's gonna fit, so the whole thing is showing, instead of cropping it like it was before. So, that's what it does by default. I can also say, fit the frame to the content, when I do that, it makes the frame, the size of the image that was there. If I had this bigger, as I did before, if I back this up, and we get back to, oops, let's actually place that back. And if I change this, so that the fitting, is filling that frame proportionally, and then I say, fit the frame, to the contnet, it now shows the whole entire content. That basically gave me the same thing as if I had just clicked, to place. Which is exactly what it does, is it fills the frame, fills it, and puts a frame around it exactly. So, why do I look at that? Well, sometimes I've made it skinnier, like that, and then I realized, actually, I wanna show the whole thing. So I might change it that way.

Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® enables you to create rich documents and layouts that combine graphic elements, images, and text. Advance your design skills with Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® Intermediate: Beyond the Basics with Erica Gamet.

In this class, Erica will help you tackle complex design projects and share best practice techniques in Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud®

You’ll learn how to:
  • Manage multi-page documents and use master pages
  • Automate your workflow and save time
  • Select character and paragraph styles
You’ll learn about advanced exporting options and she’ll offer tips on taking advantage of the extensive selection of assets in the Creative Cloud® Libraries.

If you’ve mastered the basics are are ready to advance your design skills, don’t miss Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® Intermediate: Beyond the Basics with Erica Gamet.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced. Recommended prerequisite: Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® for Beginners

Software Used: Adobe InDesign CC 2015.1



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