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Working with Copied Graphics

In this section, I discuss two methods you can use to copy graphics into FrameMaker documents.

  • Using the Import command

  • Using Copy/Paste commands

Importing via the File Menu

You can use the Import command to copy graphics into a document. This method works well if graphics are in individual graphic files stored on a local disk, external disk, or network. Before you get started, you should have a good idea of the graphic filename and where it's located.

Here's how to import graphics via the File menu:

  1. Place the insertion cursor at the location you want the graphic to appear.

  2. Select File, Import, File. The Import window appears.

  3. Navigate to the graphic file you want to import. Click one time on the filename to select it.

  4. Select the Copy into Document radio button.

  5. Click Import. If FrameMaker does not recognize the file type, the Unknown File Type window appears. Select the correct file type from the scroll list; then click Convert. If FrameMaker does recognize the file type, you bypass this window. The Imported Graphic Scaling window is displayed.

  6. Select the correct DPI scaling for the imported graphic. For instance, if the document is for online viewing only, 72 dpi is a good setting. If the document is for print, a higher dpi setting works better. Experiment with various dpi settings and their results rather than randomly determining what dpi setting to use.

  7. Click the Set button. The selected file appears in the document inside an anchored frame.

Importing via Copy/Paste

You can use the Copy and Paste commands to copy graphics into a document. This method works well when graphics are embedded in other applications and no original graphic file exists. For example, if a graphic is included in a Microsoft Word file, but no source graphic file exists, you can copy the graphic from an open Word document into your FrameMaker document.

Here's how to copy/paste a graphic from other applications or FrameMaker documents:

  1. Select a graphic in another open FrameMaker document, other publishing application, or graphics program.

  2. Select Edit, Copy to copy the graphic to the Clipboard.

  3. Switch back to your open FrameMaker document. Place the insertion cursor at the location you want the graphic to appear.

  4. Select Edit, Paste. The copied graphic appears in the document inside an anchored frame.

For all you Windows users, let's kick it up a notch with yet another method to copy/paste graphic into FrameMaker documents. You can determine how you want a graphic pasted into a document—linked to or independent of its native application.

Let's take the example of a graphic copied from Adobe Photoshop to FrameMaker. In this case, the graphic is GIF format. Here's how to gain more control over copied/pasted graphics:

  1. After the selected graphic is copied to the Clipboard, select Edit, Paste Special. The Paste Special window appears. The name of the copied file is displayed next to Source near the top of the window.

  2. Select the appropriate copy method from the Paste Special window (see Figure 2). The methods shown in the list vary according to the type of file copied. In this case, the following methods are available:

    Figure 2 The Paste Special window provides you with various methods to insert the contents of the Clipboard.

    • Embedded Adobe Photoshop Image Object: You can activate this graphic from inside FrameMaker. Just double-click on the graphic and Photoshop opens, enabling you to make adjustments to the graphic.

    • Device Independent Bitmap

    • Bitmap

    • Metafile

  3. Click OK when you have finished. The graphic appears in the document inside an anchored frame.

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