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Image Tips from CreativePro Week

Big news! Last week on Facebook Live, David and Anne-Marie announced that CreativeProWeek 2018 will take place June 4-8 in New Orleans!

CreativePro Week 2018 New Orleans

You can see the recording of the announcement here.

Mmmm, I can almost taste the beignets. In honor of this announcement, I thought I’d share a few of the tips from my session on working with images in InDesign from this year’s CreativePro Week in Atlanta. By the way, if you didn’t make it to Atlanta, you can still grab a Virtual Pass for all the session recordings and speakers’ handouts.

5 Quick Tips for Working With Images in InDesign

1. Customize the Links panel display to show just the information you want about your placed files. For example, to see the current folder where your linked files reside as a column in the Links panel, go to the panel menu and choose Panel Options. Then click the checkbox next to Folder 0 (Folder 1 is the next level up in the file directory and so on).

Notes: if an image is embedded in the InDesign document, Folder 0 will be the location where the image file was when it was embedded. No folder is shown for images placed from a Creative Cloud library.

InDesign Links panel Folder 0

2. Want to see the effective resolution of placed image without the Links panel taking up a big chunk of your screen? Use the Info panel.

InDesign Info panel showing placed image effective resolution

3. I’m not a fan of the Content Grabber but it is good for one thing. It will show you if an image has been rotated. The angle of the straight line in the center of the grabber matches the angle of rotation.

InDesign Content Grabber showing placed image rotation

4. Use a custom preflight profile to flag low-res images. InDesign’s default Basic preflight profile does not check images at all!

InDesign's Basic preflight profile does not check images

5. A super-quick way to open the Links panel (and select an image in the panel) is to Option/Alt-click the link adornment on the frame of a placed image. The image does not have to be selected first.

Mike Rankin

Mike Rankin

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