4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 13, 2018 11:22 AM by Jeff Witchel, ACI

    Data Merge



      when I use Data merge to create multiple records in InDesign, it shifts all images to the top left. Anyone know if there's a way to auto center the images?

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        • 1. Re: Data Merge
          jane-e Adobe Community Professional

          Moved from Forum comments to InDesign

          • 2. Re: Data Merge
            Steve Werner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            In the Multiple Record Layout dialog, click the Options tab choose Content Placement options:


            Merge data to create form letters, envelopes, or mailing labels in Adobe InDesign



            Content placement options


            The following options appear in the Content Placement Options dialog box:


            Fit Images Proportionally


            Maintains the image’s aspect ratio but scales the image to fit within the frame (default).



            Fit Images To Frames


            Scales the image so that its aspect ratio is identical to the frame’s aspect ratio.



            Fit Frames To Images


            Preserves the image size but adjusts the frame size to match it.



            Preserve Frame And Image Sizes


            Places the image at its intrinsic size into the frame, aligned to the upper-left corner of the frame. The image is cropped if too large for the frame.



            Fill Frames Proportionally


            Places the image so that its height or width fills the frame, leaving the rest of the image cropped.



            Center In Frame


            Aligns the center of the image to the center of the frame.

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            • 3. Re: Data Merge
              Colin Flashman Adobe Community Professional

              Steve's answer is referring to the alignment of variable images during a merge. A visual reference can be found here: https://colecandoo.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/framefit.pdf


              Looking at your post, it appears that you want the merged multiple record results themselves (not just the images) to appear aligned based on the centre of your page. This is controlled in the Multiple Record Layout tab of the Create Merged Document dialog box during a data merge, specifically the margins panel.

              Yes, it always merges with the first graphic (and subsequent graphics based upon this) to the top left.

              I'm guessing this centering is being done for imposition purposes? If so, there may be better ways to accomplish this task.

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              • 4. Re: Data Merge
                Jeff Witchel, ACI Adobe Community Professional

                Here's the best video I've ever seen about Data Merge: http://www.theindesigner.com/podcasts/tid43_theindesigner_43.mp4


                It was produce by Michael Murphy, who now works for Adobe.

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