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Placing Anything

To get a graphic file into an InDesign publication, follow these steps (see Figure 7-1 and Figure 7-2).

1.
Before you leap to the Place command on the File menu, take a second to think about where you want the graphic to appear.

  • Do you want the graphic to fill an existing frame? If so, select the frame.

  • Do you want the graphic to appear as an inline frame in a text frame? If so, select the Text tool and click it inside the text frame.

  • Do you want to place the graphic in a new frame? If so, press Command-Shift-A/Ctrl-Shift-A to deselect everything before placing the graphic.

2.
Press Command-D/Ctrl-D (or choose Place from the File menu). The Place dialog box appears.

3.
Locate and select a file. You can control certain import options for some file formats. To view the available import options, turn on the Show Import Options checkbox.

4.
If you have a frame selected, and want to place the file inside the frame, make sure you turn on the Replace Selected Item checkbox. If you don’t want to replace the selection (perhaps you forgot to deselect all before selecting Place), turn this option off. When importing graphics, you can ignore the Retain Format and Convert Quotes checkboxes; those are only applicable to text files.

5.
Click the Open button. If you turned on the Show Import Options checkbox, InDesign displays the Import Options dialog box, which looks slightly different depending on the file type you’ve selected. In many cases, the options are grayed out because they aren’t relevant (the clipping path option is grayed out when there is no clipping path embedded in the file, for example). Make any changes you want (or can) in this dialog box and then click the OK button (we discuss the import options for each file type in “Working with Images,” later in this chapter).


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