I know there must be a way to do this, but for the life of me I can't find a crop tool.
Use the selection tool (black arrow) to drag any control handle on a selected image frame to crop the image.
Duh, I should have figured that out. It was too easy!
You won't find a crop tool because it isn't needed. Every image placed on an InDesign page is automatically (or otherwise) placed in a frame. The frame is by default, independent of the image. To crop, simply reduce the size of the frame.
Thanks. I get it now. My problem (or what I thought was a problem) was that the content wasn't filling the frame. But I want it to remain proportionate, so I used Fit Content Proportionately. If it's proportionate, it won't fill my large frame.
Her are two similar fitting options. Fit Content Proportionally puts the entire image into the frame, but may leave some blank area (and you can easily remove this by using Fit Frame to Content). Fill Frame Proportionally useas as much of the image as possible without leaving any blank space, so it may crop. You can re-position inside the frame if you want a different crop.
Yes but you are then including an image that is much larger than necessary. If embedded it will change the size of the document signifigantly.
What you have to wind up doing is right click>edit with> (Photoshop or Illustrator). I'm assuming you mean to crop an image so that the data of a much larger image isn't still present. A crop tool within inDesign is absolutely needed. If you need to peace out an image it's now easy to do so to a .pdf in Adobe Acrobat, but it would be easier to do so right within inDesign. Not being able to do so leaves large amounts of unneeded data that causes the program to slow, problems during printing, and issues with file transfers. If I had the ability to crop an image I could turn an ad that is 1gb to 200mb real quick instead of having to use 2 to 3 separate programs to do so.
You can post a feature request, but I wouldn't bet on it happening. I don't know of any publication that doesn't take PDF where you have the option to crop on export. With disk space running at $25 a terabyte cropping the original doesn't have much value and has the downside of permanently lost data.
I completely agree that this should be a feature of InDesign. If you are using portions of the same asset multiple times, you end up duplicating data. In addition, when you use pdfs as assets and export the indesign file as a pdf, the type is preserved in the new pdf (not visible), which makes searching and highlighting nearly impossible for the new document.
Yes. They have included a crop feature in Illustrator so hopefully it will be a future feature for InDesign as well?
Illustrator NEEDS a Crop feature because it DOESN'T put objects into frames the way InDesign does.
Without a crop feature, in Illustrator you have to do a two-step process of creating clipping mask and applying the mask.
As noted above, it's unnecessary in InDesign.
I understand what you're saying about InDesign putting photos into frames, but I disagree that a crop tool isn't needed in InDesign and this has to do with workflow.
Sharing an original file is often necessary with my clients, and for a variety of reasons I don't always want to share the full size image assets. I also hate sharing files that are unnecessarily large. This then requires me to use two different programs to crop images down to intended sizes. Adamantly stating that cropping isn't necessary in InDesign fails to take into account potential user workflow, among other reasons listed in the above user's posts. If there is a better solution to what I have described in my process, I'm willing to learn.
Thank you! Looks like a great resource. I'm about to try it out.
Sharing an original file is often necessary with my clients, and for a variety of reasons I don't always want to share the full size image assets. I also hate sharing files that are unnecessarily large.
You can also export a selected frame as a JPG to any resolution and color space.
This cropped link’s image size is 1.1GB, scaled to 19% at an Effective res of 1526ppi. I can Export the selection to a JPEG at 300ppi which gives me a 5.4" x 5" 300ppi, 7MB image
The JPEG opened in PS with the Properties panel
Think of any photo you place in InDesign as being two objects - the photo itself, and the frame it is in. If you choose the top tool (Selection Tool) you will select the frame. If you select the next tool down (Direct Selection Tool) you will select the image. Even quicker, double-click on the frame to select the frame's content.