Jill Chittum 2017-08-25 05:25:33
KEEPING IMAGES IN PROPORTION Usually a reader wouldn’t know the difference between a yearbook produced in Online Design and a yearbook produced with Adobe InDesign. Every once in a while, though, a yearbook comes along that makes it easy to see it was produced using InDesign. When resizing photos within picture boxes, it’s important to keep the photo proportional. Too often, it’s too easy for students to resize a photo in InDesign and not realize that they have squashed or stretched the photo’s content. To avoid making your school’s student body look like Stretch Armstrong when you’re designing pages, here’s a simple way to check the proportional scaling of a photo in InDesign. Click on the photograph with the Direct Selection tool (the white arrow). Look at the top of your InDesign application window, in the Control Panel. Just to the right of the Width and Height boxes, you will see the Scale X Percentage and Scale Y Percentage boxes. When you have selected the contents of your frame (the photo), those two percentages should always be the same. If Scale X Percentage is 20 percent, Scale Y should be 20 percent, too. You can also manually type in the percentage you want both axes to be. If you have a spread design checklist that every staffer must complete before turning in their spreads, this scale check should be an item on the list for every photo on the page. Jill Chittum, MJE, is a Walsworth Yearbooks sales representative and field trainer. She previously taught journalism, yearbook and newspaper at Blue Valley High School in Stilwell, Kansas. Chittum has also been a professional newspaper photographer. She teaches at summer workshops.
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