Image Import & Placement
All images and vector art should be properly ‘PLACED’ into InDesign
DO NOT copy and paste (from the clipboard) between applications. The reason for this is that these images will not show in the links panel, and will not be easily editable from within the application. Also, moving the InDesign file will result in missing images and links or errors while packaging, saving, exporting or spooling to the print press.
To properly place an image, have your document open in InDesign and choose:
File > Place
Or you can also hit Ctrl+D to ‘drop’ an image in
Next navigate to the folder where the image is kept
Select the desired image and click open/select
It is important to note that every project should have its own file folder and subfolders containing images, fonts etc for easy linking and proper file handling. This proper file structuring and organization should be used when making any document for print.
See [File Handling Practices & Folder Structure] for information on how this should be done.
Once you have selected the image, the dialog will disappear.
Click anywhere in the blank space of the document to ‘drop’ the image.
Note: clicking inside of any shape/object will cause the image to be placed inside the object.
Double Checking that Image Quality & Size Meet Print Standards
Once the image/graphic is placed into InDesign it will then appear in the links panel located at the right of the screen:
(It is important that links correctly show up in the document to ensure that they are exported correctly when packaging the file for the printer)
While working with documents, it is important to ensure that the quality (and size) of images used are appropriate for printing.
As a general rule all images sent to offset printing should be 300 ppi or pixels per inch
This is the image resolution.
Right-click on the image in the links panel and select ‘Show Link Info Pane’
This brings up the links info panel which shows a variety of important info
‘Effective PPI’ is the resolution or size that the image is being used in the current document. Enlarging the image in InDesign will reduce the effective PPI. Reducing the scale of the image in InDesign will raise the effective PPI.
If you image is large enough for proper print use it will read 300 effective PPI or more. Anything less than 300 effective ppi may distort or lose clarity when printed.
Overly large images can bloat your file size unnecessarily and will take extra time to spool/rip during the print process. (This can inconvenience your printer).
If the image is 500+ effective PPI, then it can be sized down in Photoshop to minimize file size when sent to the printer.