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Maddening image issue in InDesign - why can't I make the image box and cropping boxes work together!!!!????

Community Beginner ,
Feb 01, 2017 Feb 01, 2017

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I know this is a total rookie mistake, but when are there two boxes I have to move every time place and image and want to move it? It seems there's a cropping rectangle and a sizing rectangle. How do I get them grouped together so I can just drag the corner of both and size the image up or down.

This has cost me HOURS of time.

Please tell me what I'm sure is the very simple answer to this question that's driving me nuts! Thank you!

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Participant , Feb 01, 2017 Feb 01, 2017
Hi Ben,It sounds as though you need to hold down modifier keys to do what you want.Using the solid arrow selection tool, dragging a handle of your image frame resizes the frame only - not the image contained within it.Using the open arrow selection tool, dragging a handle of the image inside the frame resizes the image, but not the frame.Use the solid selection tool and hold down control (or command) if you're on a Mac and drag the handle. This resizes the image and frame together. Because you a...

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Feb 01, 2017 Feb 01, 2017

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Hi Ben,

It sounds as though you need to hold down modifier keys to do what you want.

Using the solid arrow selection tool, dragging a handle of your image frame resizes the frame only - not the image contained within it.

Using the open arrow selection tool, dragging a handle of the image inside the frame resizes the image, but not the frame.

Use the solid selection tool and hold down control (or command) if you're on a Mac and drag the handle. This resizes the image and frame together. Because you are dealing with images, holding down the shift key too constrains the image proportions.

Regards,

Malcolm

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 01, 2017 Feb 01, 2017

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Malcolm is correct.

It's worth memorizing: Cmd+ Shift (Mac) or Ctrl + Shift (Win) to visually scale a graphic (including both a frame and contents) and keep in proportion.

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Oct 18, 2021 Oct 18, 2021

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This is also been driving me ABSOLUTELY insane. I se how holding down control scales them together when resizing, but this does not help when moving images around. Any advice for this? Or is there a way to turn this off? 

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Oct 18, 2021 Oct 18, 2021

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Use the regular Selection Tool (black arrow) to move the frame to a new position. Just be sure you don't click on the little donut in the center of the frame.

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Feb 01, 2017 Feb 01, 2017

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Scale with Ctrl-Shift (PC) or Cmnd-Shift ((Mac) and drag the corner points. Or use the scale tool in the Control Panel the one on top) or Tools the one on the left).

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Feb 01, 2017 Feb 01, 2017

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There's also the Transform tool (E). It lets you scale, rotate, or skew the frame and graphic together.

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Feb 01, 2017 Feb 01, 2017

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How do I get them grouped together so I can just drag the corner of both and size the image up or down.

And, that's what the Auto-fit button does when activated (outlined in orange).

If you have images that don't fit well in their frames, try the two Frame Fitting buttons (outlined in pink).

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Feb 02, 2017 Feb 02, 2017

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Use BarbBinder's Auto Fit option if you want them to stay together proportionally.

Additionally if you prefer a list of controls should images not fit their respective frames then right click on the crop frame and choose the desired option under "Fitting".

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