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Having the animation presets to work with is great. It saves you the time and effort of creating animations from scratch. The downside of working with presets is well, they are preset to do specific things, and if those aren't the specific things you want, then you have to do some customizing. One way to customize an animation is to create your own motion paths. So if I select this frame over here on the left, and look in the Animation panel, I can see that it's currently using the Preset Fade In and the Event is On Page Load. So it appears one second after the page loads.
But we could experiment with other kinds of animation to bring people's attention to this person's name. For example, we could have that text frame come up by choosing Fly in from Bottom. Let's choose that from the Preset menu, and we'll Preview. Now that was a little too fast for my taste. So let's go back to the Animation panel, and change the Duration. Let's change it from 1 second to 5 seconds, and Preview again, and there's a slower effect.
Another thing we could change is to make the name start out lower on the page, but end up in the same place. Go back to the panel again, now with the frame selected, I can see the motion path, and I can click on it, and interact with it like I can with any InDesign path. So I can press the A key on my keyboard to get my Direct Selection tool. I can click on one of the end points, and I can drag down. I'll hold Shift to constrain it, and let's preview again.
Now the animation starts right down here where I left that control point. I didn't change the direction of that path, just the length. So the animation still last 5 seconds, but now it covers more distance in that time. If I wanted to change the direction of the animation, I can select the end point and say, I'll drag it up here to the top-left corner of the document. So now the name will come down like this. Let's preview again. I can also add a curve to the path, so if I don't want the animation to move in a straight line, I can change it.
This time, I'll hold Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt on the PC to get my Convert Direction Point tool and I'll click and drag to make this path curve. So now the animation will follow this line. Preview again, and it's a different effect. I can also draw brand new paths and convert them to motion paths. I'll hide the Preview panel, and take my Selection tool, and click on the motion path, and I'll delete it. So now this animation has no motion path, but I'm going to draw a new one.
I will take my Rectangle Frame tool, and click and drag out a square. Take my Selection tool and select both my new square and the animation. Go to the Animation panel, and down at the bottom, I have this little curved arrow which is Convert to Motion Path. I'll click on that, and now you can see my square looks green like one of the motion paths. Let's preview. I couldn't see that very well because the fade in is still part of this animation.
So let's take that off. Hide the Preview panel, go to the Animation panel, and we'll take off Fade In, and preview again. Now that was really fast because the animation is covering a lot of distance in just a few seconds. But you get the idea. Whatever path I draw, the animation will follow when I convert it to a motion path. You can also convert paths that you draw with the Pen tool or the Pencil tool to motion paths the same way. You can even copy and paste paths from other applications like Photoshop and Illustrator, and make them into your motion paths.
So when it comes to putting objects in motion, you really can do just about anything you can imagine since you can take any path and use it as a motion path for your animation.
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