6. Insert Your Best Images
With your frames in place, and when you’re happy with the layout, you can think about inserting the images. There are several ways to go about this, but you must know that InDesign does not embed images by default. Before you place them, make sure they are in a location where they’ll stay, and make sure they are in the best most adaptable format. Photoshop documents (PSD) are the best.
If you want to keep the images completely editable, you can embed your Camera Raw images into a PSD, so you can make adjustments to the original and it they be updated in the InDesign document.
You can use the Place option under the File menu in InDesign, but that’s no fun. Let’s use the Adobe Bridge to find the images (see Figure 6). After you select the images you want to place into your template, select File Menu > Place > In InDesign. InDesign will open and give you a loaded place cursor.
If more than one image is selected in the Bridge, that number will be displayed at the top of the place cursor. Now go to page 1 and click on the empty frames; the images will populate them automatically.
If you want to skip a certain image, press the right arrow on your keyboard. If you want to delete an image from the cursor, press Escape; if you want to undo anything, press Command+Z (Mac) or Control+Z (PC)—you can repeat it as many times as you like.
After you finish, you can easily add new pages and place the images on them. If you want to replace any, just hold down Alt (PC) or Option (Mac) when you click on a frame that already has an image in it.
Figure 6 Sort and find images using the Adobe Bridge; then place them in InDesign.