Placing graphics in InDesign CS6

Placing graphics in InDesign CS6

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To import a graphic without first creating a frame, make sure that nothing in the document is selected.
    • To import a graphic into an existing frame, select the frame. If the new image is larger than the frame, you can refit the frame later by choosing Object > Fitting > [fitting command].
    • To replace an existing image, select its graphics frame.
  2. Choose File > Place and select one or more graphics files of any available format.If you select multiple files, you can click or drag in the document to place the selected files one at a time.
  3. To replace an object you selected, select Replace Selected Item.
  4. To add a caption based on the image metadata, select Create Static Captions.
  5. To set format-specific import options, do one of the following:
    • Select Show Import Options, and then click Open.
    • Hold down Shift as you click Open or Shift-double-click a file name.
      Note: When you place a graphic created in Illustrator 9.0 or later by using the Show Import Options dialog box, the options are identical to those for PDFs. When you place an Illustrator 5.5–8.x graphic, the options are identical to those for EPS files.
  6. If the Image Import Options dialog box appears (because you chose to set format-specific import options), select import options and click OK.
  7. Do one of the following:
    • To import into a new frame, drag to create a frame. Or, click the loaded graphics icon  in the layout at the place where you want the upper left corner of the graphic to appear.
      Note: When you drag to create a frame, the frame has the same proportions as the graphic unless you Shift-drag.
    • To import into an existing, unselected frame, click the loaded graphics icon anywhere in that frame.
    • To import into an existing selected frame, you don’t need to do anything if Replace Selected Item is selected. The image automatically appears in that frame.
    • To replace an existing graphic, hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click the loaded graphics icon on the graphic you want to replace.
    • To place all the specified pages of a multipage file (such as a PDF or INDD file) at the same time, one overlapping another, hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click the loaded graphics icon where you want the pages to appear.
      If you accidently replace an existing graphic with an image you’re placing, press Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (Mac OS) to return the original image to the frame and display the loaded graphics icon.
  8. To place the next graphic or the next page of a multipage PDF, click the loaded graphics icon in the layout where desired. If necessary, you can scroll to a different location or change pages without losing the loaded graphics icon.

Note: The image you place may appear to have a low resolution, depending on your settings. The display setting of an image does not affect final output of the file.

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