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I PERSONALLY dont use bridge....but it does work.....i export Jpgs from aperture to a folder on the desktop, and then just drag and drop from there...if you drag a photo onto the spread, it appears at 300dpi.....then you can either drag it out larger or smaller by holding Cmd+Shift and clicking the corner and making it smaller....then you just position where you want....you can hold option and click and drag to copy objects and then just drop new photos on top of the copied frames, and it swaps them over automatically....
and i always use jpgs...never raw or Psd...so yeah, it's that simple...that tutorial i posted earlier is amazing...write down the shortcuts and leave them next to your monitor, and you'll learn them eventually.....the ones i use all the time are
Command+Option+shift+E: Fit object proportionally within object box
Command+Option+C: Fit object box to object
W: hide guides and box frames
Command+[ : Move Back
Command+] : Move Forward
Command+G : Group
There are two different arrow tools, one is a normal selection arrow, the other is the direct selection tool...one black arrow, one white...that was really my only source of confusion at the beginning...The black one (normal) will drag and object around (or resize), box and all.... the direct selection moves stuff around (or resizes) within an object box...
There is almost no reason to work with layers within indesign....the only time i use layers is to drop a PSD template for a cover layout over top of my layout, so i can line up the spine, what wraps, and the center of the front and back covers....that's the only time i use layers...