Dominique StGermain
Sr. Executive Assistant / Graphic & Web Designer / Educator

Inserting Images inside letters (text) - Using InDesign

Technical Tutorial Published 4/18/16 Last updated on 6/6/19

Inserting images inside text (or letters) is quite simple in InDesign.

Adding images inside text or inside letters can create a neat, impactful effect. It can easily be used in different type of publications, may it be post cards, brochures, magazines and posters. A similar effect (a few steps less) could be created using contiguous shapes.

This is a small 1 page interactive pdf (ePub in this case) which takes you through the 10 steps on how to insert images inside letters.

Age Levels
1-2 Hours
Content Standards
Print & Digital Media Publication with Adobe InDesign
Custom Standards
Extracurricular Activity

(Updated 2016-05-01)

You will need:

- This Step-By-Step: Inserting images inside letters
- images with good resolution (for better results) 
- InDesign CS6 or CC

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Jill Hamilton

Posted on 12/29/19 12:12:18 AM Permalink

​This is a great resource. Thank you!

Katie Burke

Posted on 10/31/19 7:06:27 AM Permalink


Dominique StGermain

Posted on 11/1/19 11:07:40 AM Permalink

Glad you like! :)​

Glenn Thomas

Posted on 9/19/19 7:29:51 PM Permalink

​Taught this today. Thank you for the instructions.

Dominique StGermain

Posted on 10/15/19 11:35:42 AM Permalink

Glad it was helpful and relevant!

Joel Dolot

Posted on 6/6/19 2:43:04 AM Permalink

​A very nice tutorial Inserting Letter in Text

David Smart

Posted on 12/14/18 6:22:01 PM Permalink

Thank you. Another way to add some "pop" to a message.​

Khuzaima Jallad

Posted on 8/2/18 12:54:57 PM Permalink

Practical and easy to follow! I actually enjoyed doing this tutorial.​

Dominique StGermain

Posted on 10/15/18 11:25:30 AM Permalink

Seeing your comment a bit late - but glad you enjoy and happy to know it is still a valid workshop, meaning across all the latest updates.

mahesh kumar

Posted on 6/25/18 10:38:17 AM Permalink

​Earlier I didn't knew how to release compound path.

Thank you

Dominique StGermain

Posted on 6/25/18 12:17:17 PM Permalink

Glad to read it was helpful to you! Cheers, Mahesh :)​

Kari Horst

Posted on 11/21/17 5:34:49 PM Permalink

Wonderful tutorial. Very easy to follow!​

Dominique StGermain

Posted on 5/15/18 3:19:47 PM Permalink

Thanks - Belatedly :)​

Kylie Wilkinson

Posted on 4/5/17 11:50:04 PM Permalink

​Thanks so much Lukas - works a treat now. Our students will love this.

Dominique StGermain

Posted on 5/15/18 3:22:52 PM Permalink

Glad it worked out in the end - Did you try it with students, yet? I'd be curious to know if they liked doing this!

Kylie Wilkinson

Posted on 4/5/17 12:15:39 AM Permalink

​Hello this works well until Release Compound Path which is greyed out - so I can't separate the letters. Any ideas?

Lukas Engqvist

Posted on 4/5/17 8:13:11 PM Permalink

Did you select with black or white cursor? What word is it? A compound path needs to contain more than one path (that's what makes it compound.) If you select with the direct selection (white arrow) you only select one path, and you can't release that. Also if you have a single letter with no counter (centre hole like the hole on an "o"), say a T, N, H, Y, V, etc then it can be described with just one path and that means there is no compound path to release.

Try selecting with the black selection (v) tool, and see if that gets you on track.

A side note: If you select a text frame and convert to outlines, all text in the frame becomes one object. if you select a letter or a group of letters and convert to outlines then what is selected becomes an "inline achored object", so selecting characters one at the time will give you independant letters that become problematic to combine or split.

I realise that may be a more techy answer than you want, but I don't know how to make it simpler without a specific file to look at.

Linda Troost

Posted on 4/4/17 7:36:43 PM Permalink

​This is great. Thanks for creating this resource.

Kevin Theisen

Posted on 2/21/17 4:43:38 AM Permalink

​Nice simple technique. And easy to learn.

Bhimarao Kulkarni

Posted on 12/9/16 3:04:51 PM Permalink

​good happy

Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 8/31/16 8:48:14 PM Permalink

I appreciate your work thank you for sharing

Dominique StGermain

Posted on 9/3/16 4:54:43 PM Permalink


Renee Byrd

Posted on 7/6/16 7:56:46 PM Permalink

Fantastic! Really enjoyed using it and learning about how to insert images in letters! Great job!

Dominique StGermain

Posted on 7/13/16 2:43:01 AM Permalink

Glad you enjoyed! It's a pretty cool effect, right!?

Paulo Mello

Posted on 5/5/16 7:49:07 PM Permalink

Simple and great!

Dominique StGermain

Posted on 5/6/16 11:25:48 AM Permalink

Thanks :)

Dominique StGermain

Posted on 5/2/16 1:47:42 AM Permalink

I just updated the published walkthrough with screenshot hints (also fixed typoes and other errors) and added an example of the final result. Hope you find it useful as a extracurricular activity for InDesign.

Sue Lemmer

Posted on 4/20/16 12:47:42 AM Permalink

Thanks for sharing this Dominique. Its really simple to follow and I can see its something I could give students to use independently. I like the high impact of your page which adds to the tutorial.

Ana Betancourt

Posted on 4/18/16 5:17:50 PM Permalink

Wow, very informative and interactive. I could learn a lot from this. Nice job.

Lukas Engqvist

Posted on 4/18/16 1:49:32 PM Permalink

Great resource to hand a student when they need something extra. Thanks