Chapter 5. Understanding Page Layout

In This Chapter

  • Working with and importing image files

  • Selecting images on the page

  • Knowing page layout settings

  • Using text and graphics in your layouts

  • Working with pages

  • Using master pages and spreads

This chapter shows you how to put graphics and text together so that you can start creating page layouts. Interesting and creative page layouts help draw interest to the pictures and words contained within the publication. An interesting layout motivates more members of the audience to read the text you place on a page.

Importing Images

You can add several kinds of image files to an InDesign document. Some of the most common are GIF, JPEG, AI, PSD, and TIF. Images are imported into graphic frames. You can create the frames before importing, or if you don't have a frame, InDesign creates one for you instantly when you add the image to the page.

When you import an image into your InDesign layout, the original image is still needed when you print or export the final document. You use special controls to keep track of the linked image and to work on specific settings, such as those that modify the quality and color. You also find additional settings at the time you import an image, which you access using the Image Import Options dialog box. In the "Importing other InDesign documents" section, later in this chapter, you find out how to change various import options.

For now, follow these steps to import an image into your InDesign layout:

  1. Make sure that nothing ...

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