Graphic Design / Interactive Design / Fine & Applied Arts / Parkland College

Graphic Design Exercises
InDesign: Importing and Editing Art


To learn different ways of adding art to an InDesign document: cutting and pasting vector art from Illustrator, placing vector art, and placing photos. To learn how to edit, crop, and rotate art on the page. To learn how to add text wrap and drop shadows.


laying out page 1

ICE cover sample

  1. download and unzip the starter files:
  2. open ICE_Cover.indd
  3. type > show hidden characters (cmd+opt+I)
  4. window > layers: new layer "art"
  5. hide "bg" layer
  6. drag a vertical guide that aligns with the left edge of the "I"
  7. open gelato ICE logo.pdf in Illustrator
  8. copy/paste art into InDesign; ungroup (cmd+shift+G)
  9. select the orange parts of the logo: fill=paper; group (cmd+G)
  10. reveal "bg" layer
  11. scale and reposition logo
  12. window > layers: new layer "art ghosted", restack below "text"
  13. copy logo to "art ghosted" layer: opt+drag SQUARE to new layer
  14. hide "art" layer
  15. ungroup logo, delete type
  16. select snowflake, group
  17. window > effects: opacity=20%
  18. scale, rotate, reposition art
  19. lock all layers
  20. save

laying out page 2

ICE cover sample

  1. unlock "art" layer
  2. file > place: welcome1.jpg, welcome2.jpg, and welcome3.jpg)
  3. select all photos
  4. scale images to 3 columns wide
  5. window > text wrap: wrap around bounding box = yes (0p6 all around)
  6. object > effects > drop shadow: opacity=50%, X/Y offsets=0p6, size=0p6
  7. window > styles > object: new style "drop shadow 50%"
  8. apply style to all 3 photos
  9. reposition photos as seen in the example
  10. rotate the photos -10°, 10°, and 5 respectively
  11. direct select tool: adjust the wrap as needed
  12. file > place mark signature.tif, scale
  13. direct select tool: select content of picture frame, fill=orange
  14. add your name and exercise number to both pages and print


  1. submit b&w proof with your name and exercise number on it for grading
  2. file your graded proof in your Process Book for individual review

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