How do you scale images in InCopy

While InCopy offers robust text editing features, it lacks the direct image editing capabilities of its sister software, Adobe InDesign. Therefore, scaling images directly within InCopy is not possible. However, there are a few workarounds you can employ to achieve the desired image size:

1. Leverage InDesign placement:

  • If you have access to InDesign, the recommended approach is to place the image into the InDesign layout first.
  • Within InDesign, you can then use the Free Transform Tool (E key) or the handles around the image frame to scale the image proportionately or non-proportionally.
  • Once you're satisfied with the size and positioning in InDesign, you can link the text frame in InCopy to the corresponding frame in the InDesign layout. This ensures any edits to the image in InDesign are reflected in the linked InCopy document.

2. Pre-scale the image in another software:

  • If InDesign is unavailable, you can pre-scale the image to the desired size using another image editing software like Adobe Photoshop or GIMP.
  • Once scaled, you can then place the pre-sized image into the InCopy document.

3. Modify the InDesign layout template:

  • If you're working with a pre-defined InDesign layout template, you can request the designer to modify the template to include the image frame with the desired size. This eliminates the need for individual image scaling in InCopy.

Important considerations:

  • Remember that scaling an image down might not be an issue, but scaling it up can result in a loss of quality due to pixelation.
  • It's essential to maintain communication and collaboration between writers, editors, and designers to ensure everyone is aware of the image size requirements and any necessary modifications within InDesign.

In conclusion, while InCopy itself doesn't offer direct image scaling functionality, by leveraging InDesign or pre-scaling images, you can achieve the desired size and maintain a smooth workflow within your collaborative project.

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