Working with Images in FrameMaker
Many writers include images when producing documents using Adobe FrameMaker. Most writers typically insert images into Adobe FrameMaker source documents in one of the following ways:
Copying images directly into in Adobe FrameMaker source documents, also known as embedding images
Importing images by reference, which creates a link to the source image in the Adobe FrameMaker source documents
If you copy an image into an Adobe FrameMaker source document, Adobe FrameMaker copies, or embeds, the image in the Adobe FrameMaker source document, and the image becomes a part of the document.
If you import an image by reference in Adobe FrameMaker source documents, Adobe FrameMaker creates a link to the image and displays the image in the Adobe FrameMaker source document. The link becomes a part of the document, but the actual image file is not inserted into the document, although the actual image files is displayed in the document. If you update the image file referenced by the link, Adobe FrameMaker displays the updated image referenced by the link automatically.
There are benefits and drawbacks to copying images directly into Adobe FrameMaker source documents and importing images by reference.
For example, if you copy images into Adobe FrameMaker source documents, you do not have worry about breaking the reference, or link, between the Adobe FrameMaker source documents and the image files. If you import the image by reference into Adobe FrameMaker source documents, you must ensure that you keep the same file structure for the image files in order to not break the references, or links, between the Adobe FrameMaker source document and the image file.
However, importing images by reference in Adobe FrameMaker source documents, rather than copying images into the source documents, provides the following benefits:
You can update image files without recopying the image into your Adobe FrameMaker source documents.
If you have one image used in multiple places, you can update the image in one place, rather than recopying the image into multiple places.
You can manage your documentation files and image files separately, which makes organizing images easier.
Source documents with images imported by reference in Adobe FrameMaker are smaller than source documents with copied images.
When you work with Adobe FrameMaker source documents that you will use to generate output, ensure you follow the guidelines specified by the Stationery designer for the following items:
Method used to insert images
Correct DPI to use for inserted images
Correct image file format to use for inserted images
For more information about image considerations, see the WebWorks ePublisher Writer Guide.