- Never use any GIF in InDesign.
- Show us with a screen shot, what you did and what you want to accomplish.
You cannot paste into an image.
However, you can paste into a shape of an image.
That shape must be already present (a path that is already drawn and available, in fact clickable with the direct selection tool, the white arrow). If your plane image is providing a path you can make it available with the Clipping Path options when you selected the image. Or you could build a new one with that options by "Searching Edges". That would work or would work not depending of the image itself.
Alternatively you can draw a new shape of the plane by yourself.
Eg. using the pencil tool. Or maybe using PhotoShop with its advanced tools for selecting areas of pixels by color etc.
4. You can only paste into an empty frame. Delete the image from the frame and paste into that.
You're going to need a clipping path probably to get this to work the way you want.
Laubender (and also Bob),
This worked! It's interesting that neither of the links I provided above, which are official Adobe Tutorials and/or Help, discuss what is needed to make this work. They both just show someone Pasting Into image 2 into image 1, with minimal instructions to perform: Direct Select image 1, cut, Select image 2, and Paste Into. No description of required clipping paths, certain types of image files, etc. The Adobe Help system should be updated for beginners like me, to included complete, not partial (and ultimately very confusing), step-by-step instructions.
For anyone else with this confusion, here is what I did (and I did it with the plane.gif file):
1. Place image 1. (In this case, plane.gif, which I grabbed off of Google Images and which I noted previously looks almost exactly like the image the InDesign Tutorial shows being used, which is a black-filled plane shape surrounded by white.)
2. Place image 2. (In this case, desert.jpg from Windows 7 Sample Pictures.)
3. Direct Select image 1.
4. Object / Clipping Path / Options / Type: Detect Edges, take the defaults (Threshold: 25, Tolerance: 2, Inset: 0) / OK. (Note that changing Threshold either up or down doesn't seem to do anything, and changing Tolerance distorts the outline of the plane. The best results are just to take the defaults.)
5. Right-click image 1, and choose Convert Clipping Path to Frame. This places a blue outline around the black shape of the plane.
6. Direct Select image 2, right-click, Copy. (Or, Edit / Copy.)
7. Select (not Direct Select) image 1 (the outline of which is now apparently melded into the frame), right-click, Paste Into. (Or, Edit / Paste Into.)
8. Voilà! Image 2 now overwrites the black-filled plane, but ONLY the black-filled plane, and occupies the shape of image 1 (the plane) and does not overwrite the entire frame. You can now Direct Select image 1 and transform it as needed, and it will do so all within the shape of the plane.
And Willi, here is the screen shot directly from the Adobe InDesign CC "Essentials for Beginners" (lol) tutorial, as to what the presenter is going to do: Cut and paste the blue background into the image of the plane. (Note that the presenter never says a word about clipping paths.)
And here is the result that the presenter makes looks so easy. Or at least it ought to be so easy:
The Adobe Help system should be updated for beginners like me, to included complete, not partial (and ultimately very confusing), step-by-step instructions.
The help page is pretty explicit about selecting a frame or path (not an image) before using Paste Into. Paste Into is grayed out when an image is selected.