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Lesson 8. Importing and Linking Graphics > Using a library to manage objects

Using a library to manage objects

Object libraries let you store and organize graphics, text, and pages that you frequently use. You can also add ruler guides, grids, drawn shapes, and grouped images to a library. Each library appears as a separate palette that you can group with other palettes any way you like. You can create as many libraries as you need—for example, different libraries for each of your projects or clients. In this section, you’ll import a graphic currently stored in a library, and then you’ll create your own library.

If not currently on page 5, type 5 into the page navigation box at the bottom of the InDesign document window to go to that page, and then press Enter or Return.

Choose File > Open, select the file 08_k.indl in the Lesson_08 folder, and then click Open. Drag the lower right corner of the palette to reveal more of the items it contains.

In the 08_k.indl library palette, click the Show Library Subset button (). In the last box for the Parameters option, type tree, and click OK.

Make sure that the Links palette is visible. In the Layers palette, make sure that the Graphics layer is targeted.

Out of the two objects visible in the 08_k.indl library palette, drag Tree.psd to page 5. The file is added to the page, and notice how the file name appears in the Links palette.


Because you copied the Tree.psd from its original location to your hard drive, InDesign may alert you to the fact that the file is in a new location by displaying an alert icon () in the links palette. You can remove the warning by choosing the Update Link command from the Links palette menu.

Using the Selection tool (), position the Tree.psd image as shown below.



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