Inserting Images in FrameMaker
Before you insert images into Adobe FrameMaker source documents you plan to use to generate output, review image considerations. For more information, see “Working with Images in FrameMaker” on page 100.
When you insert images into Adobe FrameMaker source documents, insert the image into an anchored frame. The anchored frame allows you to specify the image alignment and position. For more information about anchored frame options, see the Adobe FrameMaker documentation.
The following procedure provides an example of how to use an anchored frame to insert an image by reference in an unstructured Adobe FrameMaker source document using Adobe FrameMaker 7.2. Steps for inserting an image by reference in Adobe FrameMaker may be different in other versions of Adobe FrameMaker.
To insert an image in an Adobe FrameMaker source document
In your Adobe FrameMaker source document, insert your cursor on a blank line below the paragraph where you want to insert your image.
Note: Inserting an image on a blank line allows you to customize the paragraph tag applied to the line. Many Adobe FrameMaker templates have a special paragraph tag for you to use when you insert graphics. This paragraph tag specifies the space above and below the paragraph and the alignment of the inserted image.
Apply the appropriate paragraph format for images to the blank anchored frame line. For more information about the correct paragraph format to use for image anchored frame lines, consult with the Stationery designer.
On the Special menu, click Anchored Frame.
Specify the position, alignment, and size of the anchored frame, and then click New Frame. Adobe FrameMaker inserts an empty anchored frame into the source document.
For more information about anchored frame options, see the Adobe FrameMaker documentation.
On the File menu, click Import > File.
Click OK to continue.
Browse to the location of the file you want to import and select the file.
Click Import by Reference, and then click Import.
Specify the size of the graphic.
Note: Most writers do not select the Fit in Selected Rectangle option. This option resizes the image to fit inside the selected anchor or graphic frame. When you select this option, Adobe FrameMaker sets the DPI to unknown, and the imported image is usually distorted.
If you want to use the DPI from the graphic, do not change the setting in the Custom dpi field. The number in the Custom dpi field is the DPI of the imported graphic.
If you want to change the size of the graphic, click the button for the dpi setting you want to specify.
Note: If you do not use the same DPI setting as the source image, the image in your output may be distorted.
Click Set. Adobe FrameMaker imports the image into the source document.
If you have white space between the graphic and the anchored frame, you can shrink-wrap the frame by completing the following steps:
Shrinking-wrapping an anchored frame removes the white space between the graphic and the anchored frame and changes the anchoring position of the frame to At Insertion Point and displays the frame 0 points above the baseline of the text. If the anchored frame is on the same line as the text, the 0 point baseline can cause the image to cover the text of the preceding lines. For this reason, many writers prefer to insert images on a separate line below the text. The image may also be distorted if you don’t shrink wrap the image.
Click the anchored frame or the image in the anchored frame.
Press ESC+M+P. Adobe FrameMaker shrinks or expands the anchored frame to fit the contents of the anchored frame and positions the anchored frame according to the paragraph pagination settings.
After you insert an image, you can assign alternate text or a long description to the image. For more information, see “Assigning Alternate Text to Images and Image Maps in FrameMaker” on page 163 and “Assigning Long Descriptions to Images in FrameMaker” on page 167.