Adjusting the image size

When you import an image, it sometimes appears much larger or smaller than you expected. (Refer to Figure 5-2.) If your imported image is too large or too small, you can correct the problem by following these steps:

1. Import your Image (see the "Importing an image file" scction), and when you arrive at the Import images dialog box, click the Move and Transform tab, shown In Figure 5-6.

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2. Make sure the Keep Aspect Ratio check box Is selected.

This helps maintain the original aspect ratio (the ratio of the width and height) of your image. In other words, it ensures that your image isn't squashed, stretched, or distorted when you resize it.

3. Click the Auto Adjust button.

A new dialog box, shown in Figure 5-7, opens with these options:

• Position: This drop-down list enables you to adjust the image relative to the page, print guide, or basic frame by selecting among the Page, Outside Print Guide, Inside Print Guide, or Basic Frame. (The latter three options are applicable only if you're using the print guide and basic frame.)

• Page: If you're using a double page, you use this drop-down list to select whether to position the image on the left or right page by selecting the Left Page or the Right Page option.

• Direction: Selecting the Up, Left, Right, or Down option button positions and sizes the page relative to either the top, left, right, or bottom of the page.

Pixel Ratio to the Original Image: This is an optional drop-down list that resizes the page according to the percentage you select, from 100% to 800%. You can't add your own percentage to this dropdown list.

Align to the Previously Loaded Position: This button pretty much works only if you have previously imported and resized an image. Clicking this hntton adjusts the position and size of the image exactly like the previously imported image. The aspect ratio of the image is ignored, so this choice will squash or stretch your image.

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4. The Auto Adjust dialog box doesn't have an OK or Cancel button. To exit this dialog box, just click your mouse on the Import Images dialog box.

5. Click one of the boxes along the edges of the preview pane and drag the box to resize the image.

If you look carefully at the image in the preview pane, you'll notice that it's surrounded by a thin border with tiny boxes along the corners and sides. The boxes are where you can grab and resize with your mouse. Using one of the boxes along the perimeter, drag the image in and out until it fits approximately within the borders of the finish frame.

Resizing the image may move it out of the page. If that happens, just click the image and drag the image to the center of the page, and continue to resize until the image is where you want it to be.

If the image was scanned in crooked, you can use the Rotate tool until it lines up properly to the page. In the Import Images dialog box, select Rotate from the Processing Types drop-down list. Then, just like scaling, use your mouse to grab the image (or use the angle's absolute/relative values) and rotate until it looks right.

To manually position the image, just click your mouse anywhere within the black border and move the image to your desired place.

If you don't wish to use the mouse to resize, position, or rotate the image, you can enter the values in the Scale, Position, and Angle text boxes in the Import Images dialog box.

6. If you're happy with the settings, click OK.

If you're feeling experimental, you can use some of the other options from the Processing Type drop-down list, such as Distort, Perspective, or Free Transform. These options can create effects you may not have thought of before, so have fun and play around. If you don't like what you see, you can always start over!

It's possible that you may have imported your image and clicked OK in the Import Images dialog box before you adjusted anything. The best thing to do in this instance is to undo the action by pressing Ctrl+Z (86+Z on the Mac) and import the image again.

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