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“How do I resize, color, or adjust pictures?”

It’s really important to pay attention to what is selected on your page and with what tool you’ve selected it. If you select a picture with the Selection tool, InDesign chooses the frame and the picture inside it. If you resize now (with the Scale tool, the Control or Transform palette scale fields, or by Command-Shift-dragging/Ctrl-Shift-dragging) you’ll rescale the frame and the picture. Notice that the Control or Transform palette then shows that the image is scaled at 100%—you need to click on the image with the Direct Select tool to see the true scaling of the picture itself.

If you click on the frame with the Direct Select tool, your changes will affect just the frame. If you click inside the frame (on the picture) with the Direct Select tool, you’ll affect the picture but not the frame. To colorize a grayscale TIFF, for example, you need to click on the image with the Direct Select tool. To cut it out and put it in another frame, you also need to use the Direct Select tool; then select Edit>Cut, choose the other frame (with either selection tool) and choose Edit>Paste Inside.

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