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This tutorial shows how to add images and graphics to an InDesign poster.

Creating Frames for Your Graphics

To place an Image in your poster, you will first want to create an approximate layout of what you want your poster to look like by making a frame for each graphic.

Graphics can be added to an InDesign poster without using frames, but using frames will keep you from having to do unwieldy resizing of large images.


  1. Select the Frame Tool in the tools panel (rectangle with an X through it).
Select the frame tool
  1. Click-and-drag out the approximate frame shape that you want using the pink and purple guides in your project.
click and drag to create frame

It can be adjusted later as needed.


  1. Continue drawing all the frames you expect to need for your poster.
Poster with all frames drawn

If you want to duplicate a frame, hold down the “Option” key on your keyboard and click-and-drag the frame where you want it.

duplicate frame

Each frame can then be adjusted separately.

duplicated frame

The same can be done with text and shapes.


Adding Your Graphics to Your Creative Cloud Library

When you add an image to your poster, the image does not embed automatically. InDesign instead references the original image on your computer with a thumbnail version.

To make sure you don’t lose the original images, add them to your Creative Cloud (CC) Library.

creative cloud libraries window

NOTE: If you do not see the CC Libraries window, refer to the Starting an InDesign Project tutorial for interface set up instructions.


  1. With InDesign still open, navigate to the folder where your graphics are stored using either Finder (Mac) or File Explorer (Windows).
navigate to graphics for poster
  1. Drag and drop your images onto the CC Libraries window in Design.

Tip: You can add images individually or use a shortcut (CTRL+A or Command+A) to select all of them.

drag graphics into creative cloud libraries window

Your images will automatically upload to your My Library folder in your Creative Cloud account.

NOTE: Do not delete any graphics from the CC Libraries window or your Creative Cloud account until you have completed your poster and are 100% certain that you will not need them again.

graphics in creative cloud libraries window

Placing an Image

  1. Click-and-drag the image you want to place from the CC library to your poster.
drag image to poster
  1. Click the frame that you would like the image to be placed in.
insert graphic in frame

Fitting Your Image in Its Frame

If the image does not fit in the frame the way you would like, you will need to resize it.

graphic fitting frame wrong
  1. Right-click the image you want to adjust and select Fill Frame Proportionally from the Fitting selections.
fill frame proportionally
  1. Check that your image is now fitting in its frame correctly.
image filled correctly

If the Fill Frame Proportionally cuts off some of your image that you want to be able to see, you will want to choose a different Fitting option.

frame filled proportionally not correct
  1. Right-click the image again, this time selecting Fit Content Proportionally from the Fitting selections.
fit content proportionally
  1. Check that the image now fits better in the frame.
fixed graphics on poster

For additional image adjustments, see the next tutorial: Making Adjustments to Images in InDesign

Save your work by selecting Save in the file menu (ctrl/cmd + s on the keyboard).


save indesign file