Adobe InDesign CC - Essential Training

How do I put an image inside other shapes like a circle - cropping

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi there, in this video we're going to look at getting images inside of shapes. Circles, Pentagons… It's pretty easy, let's go and do that now.

So there's two ways, let's do the easy way. Let's have nothing selected, 'Black Arrow', click in the background. Let's go to 'File', 'Place'. In your exercise files, go to '04 Long Document', and go to 'Cafe', let's bring him in. Obviously, you can bring in any image you like. Now, I'm going to click, hold, and drag it out to an appropriate size. You might click once, and then have to re-size it. To get it into something, because it’s going to go inside this circle, right? So what I'd like to do is—

So this is an easier way, because you can work on this image separately. Then kind of get it positioned over where you want it. Make sure it's big enough to actually cover the circle, otherwise we'll see a strip of the pink through there. So I'm going to make it a little bigger. Roughly, we can adjust that afterwards. Then we're going to 'Edit', 'Cut'. Select on the 'Circle'. And go to 'Edit', 'Paste Into'. We can do some adjustments afterwards by grabbing the 'Content Grabber'. Move it around, or just double click anywhere, then move it around. So that's how to paste inside.

Couple of things you might run into with problems. I'm going to 'undo' that. He's back, if you don't have it above where you want it to go-- if I just leave him kind of way, willy nilly, and go to 'Cut' here, go to 'Edit', 'Paste Into', it goes inside, but you can only see the corner of it. Worse, it might even be tucked down here, and you'll never see it. And you can keep pasting into it, but it will never work. So just make sure that before you actually cut it, put it exactly where you want it to go, then cut and paste it.

So, I said there was two ways, there's another way. With it selected you can go to 'Edit', 'Place'. And you can go to 'Cafe'. And what will happen by default is that it will paste inside of it, and that's fine. The problem is it's comes through as actual size, and it's a really big image. You see, it's that big, it's way bigger than our Spread. So it's just a little bit hard now to zoom out, and then to start scaling it. You have to be a, not a Pro, but it's a bit fiddly to do it that way. I find it's easier to do it separately. Get it to a planned position, cut and paste it inside.

Before we go, last thing we'll do is get the text to run around here. So with it selected, 'Window'-- actually I want you to do it by yourself. I want to see if you can get it going. I'm going to do it. 'Same as Clipping', this one here, I'm going to push this out. I said go and do it by yourself, I just totally did it in front of you. That's all right. We'll do another image, we'll replace this blue one but we're going to look at something called Adobe Stock, and how that works. Let's go and do that now.