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Adobe InDesign CS3

Graphics: An Overview

Graphics add interest and variety to your publication. InDesign allows you to crop, size, and move graphics, but no changes can be made to the graphic itself. To alter images, use a graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop. For information on cropping, moving, and sizing images, refer to Working with Independent Graphics.

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Graphics can be obtained from a variety of sources, but it is important to pay attention to their format. Not all formats are suitable for use in InDesign publications (refer to Graphics Formats). Some can be converted to a compatible format using a graphics program. Sources for graphics include:

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InDesign typically uses these graphics formats

InDesign suggests using EPS for vector graphics and TIFF for bitmapped graphics. These file formats support precision output for text and high resolution graphics; however, the file size is significantly larger in these formats. For a smaller file size or for web publishing, JPEG or GIF images are feasible alternatives.

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The type of document and the nature of the graphic that you are working with will generally determine the kind of placement that you use for your graphics. When placing graphics (not including InDesign lines or shapes), you place them as either inline or independent graphics. Independent graphics are placed by using the Selection Tool while inline graphics are placed using the Type Tool.

Independent vs. Inline Graphics

Independent or Placed Graphics
Independent or placed graphics are graphics placed outside of a text frame. Regardless of how you alter the document around the graphic, the placement will not change unless you move it. To learn more about independent or placed graphics, refer to Working with Independent Graphics.

Inline Graphics
Inline graphics become a part of the text block. As you edit the text, the graphic retains its same position relative to the text and will change position on the page (or may actually change pages) as text is edited. Inline graphics are appropriate for documentation and reports, and can be modified just like independent graphics. To learn more about inline graphics, refer to Working with Inline Graphics.

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