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Import Images into InDesign Creative Suite 5 Documents

You can add several kinds of image files to an InDesign CS5 document. Some of the most common formats for import are GIF, JPEG, AI, PSD, and TIF. Images are imported into graphic frames. You can create the frames before importing, or if you don’t have a frame, InDesign creates one for you instantly when you add the image to the page.

When you import an image into your InDesign layout, the original image is still needed when you print or export the final document. You use special controls to keep track of the linked image and to work on specific settings, such as those that modify the quality and color. You find additional settings at the time you import an image, which you access using the Image Import Options dialog box.

For now, follow these steps to import an image into your InDesign layout:

  1. Make sure that nothing on the page is selected.

    If an object on the page is selected, click an empty area so that everything is deselected before you proceed.

  2. Choose File→Place.

    The Place dialog box opens, where you can browse your hard drive for image files to import. You can use this dialog box to import various kinds of files into InDesign, not just images.

  3. Select the image you want to import and click Open.

    The Place dialog box closes and the cursor displays a thumbnail of the image you selected.

    You can import multiple images at a time into an InDesign layout. Simply hold down the Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) key and select multiple files in the Place dialog box.

  4. Move the cursor to wherever you want the upper left corner of the first image to be placed on the page and then click the mouse.

    If you’ve selected multiple images, you can use the left and right arrow keys to navigate the thumbnail images in your loaded cursor before clicking on the page. After you click on the page, the next image is placed, until there are no more images to place.

    Images are imported and placed into the publication inside a graphic frame. You can resize, move, and modify the image using the Selection or Direct Selection tool or modify the frame and image together using the Selection tool.

It’s sometimes easier to create an empty graphic frame and then add an image to it than to import the image and create the frame at the same time. You can create an empty frame and even set fitting properties before you import an image — so that the image fits correctly at the time you import it. To set the fitting properties in a blank frame, choose Object→Fitting→Frame Fitting Options.

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