Thursday, 17 January 2013


On screen on inDesign, the images shown are low resolution previews, which show a preview of the high resolution image.

The links palette shows information on the images inserted in the document and the page number placed on. InDesign needs to know the location of the document, to ensure printing is of a high quality.

Images should be saved in the same folder to allow high quality printing.

If a file/photo is missing, a red hexagon with a '?' inside, will be displayed on the blue box surrounding the image preview. The image may need to be 'relinked'.

This is due to keeping the indesign file a small size, so it's easier to work with. If many high resolution images were included the file would be too large to operate.

When changed to 'high quality' the image looks a higher resolution, this is shown below. 

When changed to 'fast display', no images are shown, only a grey box showing location.

Ensures faster running of large files.

Placing a large image in an indesign file. The image below has not been resized.

Details on resized image (using the grabber tool), showing scale of image, location, resolution, etc.

Images can be edited via right clicking the image, and selecting 'edit with' or press Alt and click the image twice; this will then open up on photoshop.

In photoshop the image used in illustrator needs to be resized to the same percentage as in indesign, and the colour mode needs to be changed to CMYK if not already in place. Once the photo is edited as desired, when saved the image will change itself in indesign also due to the linked images.

The scale is now 100% and the colour mode is CMYK, altering the appearance of the image slightly.

.psd files allow opacity and translucency to be in place, and images can be edited with layers, however when merged and save as a .tiff layers are lost and everything is opaque.

In photoshop, convert the background, to a layer to ensure transparency can be altered.

Once saved as a .psd/.tiff the image can be placed into the indesign file being used.

By pressing 'W' whilst on indesign, the guides, grids and pasteboard will disappear, to show how the file will look when printed.

Presentation View.

Images and text placement and arrangement can be changed via the Object tool bar on indesign.

Text wrapping:

'Alpha Channe' wraps the text around the transparent areas of the image.

'White border' around the image between the text, created by altering the top/bottom offset of the text.

Frames can be used to create more interesting layouts and text placements.

The pen tool can also be used for the same purpose, and can be used to fill text or image.

Indesign has the same vector qualities of which illustrator does.

Illustrator files can be copied and pasted directly into indesign, unlike photoshop files which need to be linked. It will be original size and of high resolution without further editing or image manipulation. 


Colour can be added via stroke/fill depending on the desired look of the document.

Colour can also be applied to text.

Pantone colour swatches can be selected, or CMYK colours can be mixed/inserted.

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