How to insert a photo using Adobe InDesign

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How to insert a photo using Adobe InDesign
Adobe InDesign lets you create customised page layouts. (Adobe Systems Incorporated)

You can liven up an Adobe InDesign document by inserting an image into an existing frame or by inserting the image straight into the document. The first method works well if you already have an established page layout, while the second technique is best if you're using images to guide your page layout. InDesign also has tools for tweaking the image placement and size so you can achieve a neat, attractive layout.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Insert images into a new frame

  1. 1

    Click the “File” menu. Select “Place” to open a standard file browsing window.

  2. 2

    Browse or search your PC or cloud storage services to locate the image that you want. Double-click to open the image. This turns your cursor into the “Loaded Image” image icon.

  3. 3

    Position the image using your cursor. Drag it to where you want to place the top-left corner of the image. Once you let go, the image will appear on the page in the selected position.

  4. 4

    Drag the image to reposition it if necessary. Inserting the image this way automatically places it inside a frame. The frame functions as a buffer, so no other images or text can conceal or otherwise affect the image. You can also use the frame to crop the image, by moving the edges of the frame to make it smaller.

    Insert images into an existing frame

  1. 1

    Click to select the frame, and then click “File” followed by “Place” to open the browsing window.

  2. 2

    Browse or search for your image, then select it by double-clicking or clicking and selecting “Open.” This inserts the image into the existing frame. Creating a frame before inserting the image is useful if you want to plan the page layout before image selection. However, you may experience a discrepancy between image size and frame size. If the image is too large for the frame, only the portion that fits inside the frame will be visible, starting at the top-left corner of the image.

  3. 3

    Resize the image using the “Direct Selection Tool,” accessible from the Tools menu. Ensure you resize the image and not the frame. If you resize the frame, you might mess up the page layout.

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