How to Insert a Picture in InDesign

In this walkthrough, we've shared how to insert a picture in InDesign using the Place command, so you can quickly embed images in a document. This allows you to edit paths and update the graphic via the InDesign Links panel. 

How to Insert a Picture in InDesign
First, decide whether you want to import the picture into an existing frame, or simply place it without a frame. For the former, click on the frame to select it and then choose "File" > "Place". Find the desired image on your hard drive, and double-click on it. 

To simply place a graphic without a frame, make sure that nothing is selected in your project before choosing "File" > "Place". Finally, if you'd like to replace an existing graphic with something else, you can select its frame and then choose "Replace Selected Item". 

How to Insert Multiple Graphics
You can also use the Place function to insert multiple images at the same time. First, create any frames for the images before placing them. After defining a frame, it will adjust to any image that you place inside, so that the proportions stay the same. If you hold Ctrl (Command on Mac) and press any of the arrow keys, you can adjust the spacing between frames.  

Finally, when you choose "File" > "Place", you can hold Ctrl (or Command) while clicking to select multiple image files, InDesign files, text files, or any other supported formats. If you choose "Show Import Options", you can set specific settings for each image that you import, such as a clipping path or embedded preview. 

Copying and Pasting Graphics
Of course, the easiest way to add images to InDesign is via the traditional copy ("Edit" > "Copy") and paste ("Edit" > "Paste") functions. However, if you use this method, InDesign will not add a corresponding link in the Links panel. During the conversion, image and print quality may also decrease compared to the original graphic. We recommend using the Place function whenever possible, or dragging a graphic into the document window so that it's added to the Links panel.  

How to Change Display Performance
At any point in the creation process, you can adjust the default display performance settings so that individual images are preserved. To do this, go to "View" > "Display Performance" and check the box for "Preserve Object-Level Display Settings". Then, click on a desired graphic with one of the Selection tools. Choose "Object" > "Display Performance", and select a display setting for the graphic. 

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