How to Resize Images in InDesign

In this walkthrough, we've shared how to resize images in InDesign, so that they fit seamlessly into your project. Depending on your creative needs, you have the option to resize the image, the image's frame, or both at the same time.

Resizing an Image
First, launch your current InDesign project and then choose the Selection tool (black arrow) from the Tools panel. When you click on the frame, you should see the Content Grabber icon in the center of your image (it looks like a ringed circle).

Click the Content Grabber, and a brown-colored frame will appear around your image. This frame represents the image's original size. Hold the Shift key and drag on the corners of your image to resize it as needed.

Resizing a Frame
Choose the Selection tool from the Tools panel. Then, click on your frame to display the corner handles. Click and drag on any of these handles to make your frame smaller or larger. If you hold down the Shift key while you drag, your current frame proportions will be preserved. 

As an example, if you make the frame smaller than the image inside, the frame reduction will actually hide those sections of the image. This allows you to use it like a cropping tool. 

Resizing an Image and Frame Simultaneously
Click on the frame with the Selection tool, and then check the box for "Auto-Fit" in InDesign's Control Panel. Then, hold the Shift key and drag on the frame's corner handles to make everything (image and frame) smaller or larger. 

Fitting Content to a Frame
To quickly match your content to a particular frame size (or vice versa), click on the frame with your Selection tool and then go to "Object" > "Fitting". Here are the fitting options you can select:

  • Fit Content To Frame: Adjusts the image size so that it fits your current frame dimensions. In some cases, the content can be stretched in an unflattering way if the frame proportions are vastly different from the image.
  • Fit Frame To Content: Adjusts the frame size so that it fits the full image. If you've made some changes to frame size and cropped your content in the process, this option is a useful way to go back to your original image. Another way to do this is by double-clicking on any of the frame's corner handles. 
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