InDesign Image Basics in under 2 Minutes – [Video Tutorial]

InDesign Image Basics

Images are a major part of publication design and publishing. It is essential to learn how to correctly bring them into InDesign, resize as needed, apply effects, and more. In this short tutorial video we go over InDesign image basics: placing and resizing images. Stay tuned for part two in the images mini-series where we will discuss styling and more. The full text from the video is below if you prefer to follow along that way.


Lesson 3.1: Images – Basics

Placing Images

To bring images into InDesign click File > Place and select the files you want. Similarly, you can also drag the files from wherever they are stored on your computer into the program. Both of these methods create dynamic links to the image files which we will go over more in a later video.

After selecting the images you want, InDesign will load your cursor with all of the files. To add them to the page, simply click anywhere.

If you want to insert images into a shape simply create the shape and then click on whichever shape you would like when placing the image.

Resizing Images

Images are contained in frames in InDesign. Frames can be useful for cropping and because you can add styles to them later.

To resize an image frame simply click and drag the blue outline and hold shift if you want to retain the proportions. To resize the actual image, double click and you will see an orange outline. This is the actual image outline contained inside the frame. To resize the image and the frame simply hold down Command + Shift (on Mac) while scaling.

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