Adobe InDesign Tutorial – Fitting Graphics to Frames


Adobe InDesign is a widely used program for layout and design. In this tutorial, Adobe InDesign expert trainer Jeff Witchell demonstrates how you can fit graphics into the frame so that they are proportionate, using the frame fitting options available in InDesign.

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Once you place an image into a document, the image might still carry its original large size within the placeholder. If you click on the image, you’ll notice a yellow border spanning across the document – this is the actual size of the image. You can alter this in InDesign by using the various fitting options. Once you go to Object>Fitting, you’ll notice a number of fitting options available, but how do you know which one to choose?

Here’s a brief outline of what each fitting option does:

  • Fill Frame Proportionally – this option will take the image and fit it into the frame, keeping it in proportion. But if the frame is a different proportion than the image, part of the image will get cropped off.
  • Fit Content Proportionally – with this option, the entire picture would fit in the frame and stay in proportion, but if the frame were a different proportion, part of the frame would be left empty.
  • Fit Frame to Content – whatever size the images are now, this option would fit the frames perfectly to that image.
  • Fit Content to Frame – the image will fit perfectly to the frame even if the image has to be taken out of proportion.
  • Centre Content – this option will centre the images to the frames, meaning the centre of the image will be exactly over the centre of the frame.
  • Clear Frame Fitting Options – you will need to set up frame fitting options in order to choose this.

Is there a way to bring the image into InDesign so that it fits the frame better?

In order to do that, you’ll need to set up your own options by going to Object>Fitting>Frame Fitting Options. Under fitting, choose one of the default options. It is also advised to make it so the pictures will be centred to the frame when they’re first brought into InDesign by choosing the centre square in the Align From option. You can also crop off a part of the image right from the very beginning.


If you’d like to learn more about how to place graphics correctly in Adobe InDesign, check out the videos below:





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