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Part 7: Graphics > Scaling Graphics Precisely

29. Scaling Graphics Precisely

When you place a picture in InDesign, the program sees it as two objects: the frame and the graphic nested inside of it. If you choose the Selection tool, you can manipulate both at the same time. If you choose the Direct Selection tool, you can manipulate the frame or the content—the graphic itself. Fortunately, InDesign displays the graphic bounding box in a different color (the inverse of the current layer color). Unlike QuarkXPress and PageMaker, when you apply numeric scaling to a graphic, InDesign gives you access to both the frame and the graphic bounding box, in some cases each may have a different scaling value!

So, when you manipulate a picture in InDesign, always pay attention to which tool is selected. Select an image with the Direct Selection tool to adjust only the image, or select it with the Selection tool to adjust both the image and its frame together. If you want to change the frame but not its contents, first Option/Alt-click on the frame with the Direct Selection tool, or use the Selection tool and turn off the Scale Content option in the Transform or Control palette’s flyout menu.


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