Selecting and Scaling Frames and Images in Adobe InDesign

When it comes to scale (watch always Links panel for information about scale rate and resolution) or move image inside frame in InDesign, you must navigate cursor to the center of frame to appear circle (content grabber) which allows you to select image inside frame.
Select image inside frame using content grabber
Select image inside frame using content grabber

Select, resize, scale and move image inside frame

This is somehow boring to repeat each and every time. There is easier way to accomplish same task: with Selection Tool (V, Esc) active, navigate cursor inside frame and when square appear below black arrow (Selection tool) double click to select image (click once to select frame).
Double click to select image inside frame
Double click to select image inside frame

To move image, navigate cursor inside frame and when it turns into Hand tool, click and drag- or navigate cursor to the image bounding box (brown color) and when cursor turns into black triangle - click and drag.
Move image inside frame
Move image inside frame

To resize image navigate cursor over any of 8 squares which appears around image bounding box, when cursor turns into double sided arrow - click and drag. To keep proportions, actually to scale image - and you always want this when working with images - press Shift key on your keyboard to constrain proportions, add and Alt to scale from the center.

Another way to resize or scale image is with image selected to change Width and Height numbers in Control panel - pay attention to chain icon, ensure it is not broken to scale image or in other words to change both width and height according to original image size (to constrain proportions).
Scale image from Control panel
Scale image from Control panel

After you finish with scaling or moving image inside frame navigate cursor near the edge or bounding box of frame (cursor will turn into black arrow with square below it) and click only once to switch back to frame selection (or press Esc if that is easier for you).
Switch back to frame selection
Switch back to frame selection

To deselect everything move cursor outside frame and when cursor turns into black arrow without square below it click once or move cursor and click anywhere on pasteboard.
Deselect everything
Deselect everything

Move, resize or scale frame

To move frame first click it once with Selection tool, when bounding box appears - click and drag. To resize or scale frame you need to select it first (click once with Selection tool) in order to appear frame bounding box (blue color) and everything else is exact same as for image inside frame.

Move or scale image using Direct Selection tool

Another way to move or scale image inside frame is using Direct Selection tool (A) - first make it active, navigate cursor over image, click and drag to move image, or click once in order to appear image bounding box, navigate cursor to any of 8 squares which appears on image bounding box and when cursor turns into double sided arrowclick and drag. Hold down Shift key to constrain proportions or Alt to scale from center. Holding down Alt + Shift you will scale image from center and keep defined proportions.
Move image using direct selection tool
Move image using direct selection tool

Auto-Fit

If you want to resize image along with frame, make active Selection tool (V, Esc) and turn on Auto-Fit option in Control panel.
Note: Resizing mean to change Width or Height, Scaling means to change both, Width and Height by percentage according to original image proportions.

Here is link to some tips how to select and scale multiple frames on InDesign Secrets - Changing sizes… mixing scaling and sizing

Reference:
InDesign / Transforming objects

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe InDesign CS5

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