A Guide to Placing Graphics in InDesign

If you’re new to InDesign, our Adobe InDesign training course, taught by industry expert Jeff Witchel, is a great learning tool to teach you the basics of the program. In this post, we’ll take you through the process of placing graphics in an InDesign document.

The most common way to place is an image is simply by going to File>Place. Here, you can click on any image you want to place in your document and click open. If you want to place more than one image, you just need to hold down your command key on a Mac, or control key on a PC, and click on the images you’d like to place. Keep in mind that you won’t get to see a preview on the images if you’re placing more than one image into the document, so be sure to name your images accordingly.

A better way to place images:

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A better way to place images in InDesign is by going to Window>Mini Bridge. This will open the mini bridge panel, which allows you to place images very easily. Inside the panel, all you need to do is click on the image you want to place and drag and drop it into the frame you want to put it in. If you want to place multiple images, just hold down your command or control key and click the images you’d like. Once you do this, you’ll notice the images are too big for the frame.

How can you fix this issue? Delete those images and go to Object>Fitting>Frame Fitting Options, and set up fitting options for your empty frames. Click down on the menu and choose fill frame proportionally. In the crop amount area, set all of the fields to 0, that way you’re sure to have as much of your image showing as possible. When you’re done, click ok. Now you can try placing the images again, and have them fit in the frames better. You’ll still be able to make any of the images bigger, or move them around in your frame.

Frame fitting options make it much easier to crop your images and have them fit the way you want them to fit in the frames. If you’d like to watch Jeff demonstrate this process in full, check out the video from our Adobe InDesign training course below.




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