The First Law of Images in InDesign

Grace Fussell
A free video tutorial from Grace Fussell
Graphic Designer & Adobe InDesign Instructor, InDesignSkills
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Learn why and how images are placed and linked in InDesign.

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English [Auto] Hi Guys welcome back and a big welcome to Section 8 of our course becoming Indesign pro in 10 skills in this section. I'm going to be giving you an induction into working with images and in design images are such a fun way of expressing a bit more interest more color and more visual focus to your design layouts. And once you get to grips with the basics of placing linking and seeing them you can start to get really creative and playful and enjoy experimenting with photos and vector graphics. So check out page 10 of your course handbook 10 essential in design skills if you want to. Perhaps after you've completed the section this is a good basic summary of all the things that we'll be covering in this section of the course. OK. So let's get started by just considering that there are two laws to working with images in design in the Sasson. We're going to consider the first law and that is that images are placed and linked in InDesign. OK so what do these terms mean. Well let's think about how you would work with an image in a different program if you're using something like Microsoft Word. You are probably either working with graphics that you've pasted directly into the document or you could have imported that image and created an embedded version of that image. Which means that you're dealing with a copy of that image that sits permanently in the program. And this is the same sort of principle that you might encounter when editing images in something like Photoshop. Any edits you make to that image will be made to the original images. That's why it's always good to keep a backup copy of the image. Now Indesign works a bit differently rather than embedding an image instead place a preview of the image which establishes a link back to the original image which sits in your computer's folder. So basically you can see the image in your in design layouts but you're not seeing an embedded version of that graphic design remember the linked that image is location in whichever folder you have the image saved and what that means is you can work quickly and efficiently without having to deal with a very large quantity of heavy images slowing down your workflow. And anyone who uses Photoshop can sympathize that this has very high quality embedded images can make the program slow down quite considerably. So let's see this in action up in the supplemental materials for this lesson. You'll find an Indesign folder called foody magazine working with images so you can navigate that now and download it to your computer then get the Indesign file open and open your screen if you want. For long as we work in design of course this is as per usual optional. So if you just prefer to watch me as I go through the steps that's also absolutely fine. So go ahead and download that. Now if you want to get the file opened up and pause the video if you need to. OK so we've got of Fuji magazine working with images in design file opened up and the text is all looking good. If we scroll down we can see that there are a few blank spaces where images could sit. And we've also got some empty image frames that have been given a block called fill so we can see them a bit more clearly. We'll be placing some images in the layout quite soon. But let's not focus on that for now. I want first show you how images are linked and in design after this. Scroll down to page 8 the lay out and look at the left home page of the spread which has this lovely big image of a Roth pretax on it. If we head up to view on the top menu bar and display performance and then select high quality display rather than the default typical display mode you can see the image much more clearly in sharp focus and also a nice way of making sure your image is looking clear and crisp and not too pixilated. If you're viewing some pixilation or blurring that suggests that the image is probably just not of a high enough policies to be passive of print layout so you might need to hunt down high resolution images if you encounter that sort of problem. So if we click to just select the image frame we can find out more information about this image and where it is linked to on our computer by opening up the links panel. You can find this either by going to window links upon the menu bar. But it's normally hanging around anyway in the same group of panels as the pages panel. So if you pull out the pages panel and expand it you can see links just hiding behind pages and layers and click the far right tab at the top of the panel to expand it. So you'll see in the top half of links panel this long list of all the image files that are linked to in our document and the image we have select some page 8 is highlighted in this list and pulled out in a blue tent in the lower half the panel down here we can see details about this image. We can see the name. We can see the file format which Here is Jay. The file size of the original image. And down the bottom you can also see something called Path which details the location of the image file on your computer. So what happens if we move the file from its original folder Sauerbrey it might find a window and the folder which contains the image and just move it into a different place to demonstrate to you and go backwards one folder. So its not in its original place and then go back again into Indesign and we can now see that something is not quite right down with the bottom left edge of the workspace. We can see that in design is Flucht up one error. And in the links panel we can see a small red questionmark symbol has appeared next to the name of the image file. And what this means is that Indesign is now unable to locate the image file that has been made and can't do it by itself. So it needs to intervene and help us out a bit to do that. We click on the button at the bottom at the top half of the links panel which looks like a broken chain link symbol. When you hover over it this little message pops up telling you that this is the real link button. So let's click it. This then opens up a search window which prompts us to navigate the right image file. So we've got the name of the file at the top of the window just here which is really helpful. So you don't remember that long file name by heart. Let's navigate to the folder where I move the image to and click to select it and then click open from the right corner of the window. So that's easy peasy Indesign is now able to find the image file and it updates it is really important. Keep your images links as you work because when you go to export or package you in file at the end of the process when you're ready to send it to the printers in design picks up all the successfully linked images and pulls them into your final layer file and then generates them at a high resolution. If for some reason Indesign can't link back to an image it will just export that image preview as a kind of vaguely remembered version of the graphic as a blurry low resolution image which doesn't look good at all. I a really affect the final quality of your printed products. The other thing to note about linked images is that they will also require updating in the links panel. If you make any ideas to the image outside of Indesign So say you with just an image in Photoshop from full color to a saturated black and white image instead and then save over the colored file then Indesign will flag up a yellow exclamation marks and bold instead of that red questionmark symbol in the links panel and all you have to do here is to double click the yellow exclamation mark and InDesign will automatically update the file to the new version. Now how to even get images into Indesign in the first place. So let's move up to the first page of the document which is the front cover of foody magazine. And we can see that we have all the text and color prepared on the page but we're missing that key element to making a great cover which is the strong full size high resolution image. So let's sort that out. Now just take your standard selection tool cursor and click to select the black background frame which extends across the whole cover. Now head of the menu bar at the top of the workspace and select file and then this option about halfway down. Place. It's not called import or insert. So anything like that in Indesign you insert images by placing them. So this then opens up a new window where we can navigate through all our files and find your way to the Links folder inside the main foodie magazine working with images folder and in the Links folder you'll find all the images you need to populate the magazine lay out and let's find the one whose name begins with the word fakes and it shows. Would you believe a plate of lovely juicy autumnal fakes. Now select the file name and click open and there we go. We successfully placed a file into our layout. The cover is starting to look much more pulled together. So when the next person we're going to build on this knowledge of the first law of work you have and in design which is that images are placed and then linked in in design. I'll take a look at the second law of working with images and that's true of placing images inside image frames. So head up to find save this in design magazine document and keep it to hand for the next lesson. Well we'll be revisiting it. OK. So that's fantastic work worldone. You can call yourself an image master in design. So stick around for the next lesson.