Indesign images and text

by Design Workshop Sydney

Placing Indesign images and text is a breeze. Essential to the creation of almost all publications, in our Indesign courses we show you several time-saving techniques for importing text and graphics into your documents.
To bring in a graphic simply go to: File > Place > and browse to where your image is saved. Click outside the page initially – it comes in full print size. Use the Selection tool to move it and scale it – make sure you scale it to the red bleed guides for it to print to the edge of the paper. Press Ctrl and Shift together to scale the frame and the image content.Photoshop-05a
Alternatively you can use the Rectangle Frame tool to create a placeholder, then place the import the image. Right-click > Fitting > Fill Frame Proportionally.
To create a coloured footer, we can select a colour from the photograph itself: make sure the Fill icon is forward at the bottom of the Toolbox, then select the Eyedropper tool and click on the photo – the colour is loaded into the Toolbox. Then use the Rectangle tool to create the footer object.
Type: You can either create text from scratch in Indesign, or import it from a Word document. Select the Type tool > click and drag to create a text box > type your text. Alternatively, go to File > Import > and browse to a Word document. Once imported you can change the font, size, leading (line spacing), colour , etc up in the Control panel at the top.
In later blog posts we will look at each of the above features in more detail, as well as outputting to a printer or PDF.
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