Import Graphics into a InDesign CS5 Publication - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

The content you use when creating publications with InDesign Creative Suite 5 is mostly imported from other programs. You can import text, formatted tables, and graphics, then use InDesign to organize, modify, and integrate text and graphics into a layout.

The steps for importing graphic images into a new InDesign document is similar to the process for importing other content.

  1. Choose File→New→Document.

    The New Document dialog box appears.

  2. Review the settings and click the OK button.

    A new document opens. Feel free to alter the settings to change the number of pages or page size before clicking the OK button.

  3. Choose File→Place.

    The Place dialog box opens, enabling you to browse the contents of your hard drive for supported files.

    If you were to select the Show Import Options check box, another dialog box opens before the file imports. Leave this option deselected for now.

  4. Click the file you want to import and then click the Open button.

    Certain files, such as bitmap photo, graphic, and PDF files, show a thumbnail preview at the bottom of the dialog box.

    When you click the Open button, the Place dialog box closes and the cursor becomes an upside-down L.

  5. Click the location on the page where you want the upper left corner of the imported file (for example, an image) to appear.

    The imported file is placed on the page.

Click and drag to place the file into a specific frame size, or if you have created an empty frame on the page, clicking on top of the frame causes the object being imported — whether it’s text or an image — to be placed inside the frame.

You can Ctrl-click (Windows) or Cmd-click (Mac) to place multiple files. After you select the images and click OK, each click places an image on the page, or you can hold down the Shift+Ctrl (Windows) or Shift+Cmd (Mac) while dragging a rectangle to have all selected images placed, spaced evenly, in a grid.

Note that when you’re placing multiple images, you can see a thumbnail of each image before it’s placed. You can also scroll through the loaded images by pressing the arrow keys on your keyboard.