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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents
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Creating a title and content slides


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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

with Mike Rankin

Video: Creating a title and content slides

To create a consistent look for our presentation and to build up different slide types quickly, the best tool for the job is master pages. We can start with a foundation that includes just navigation elements and then create variations for our title and content slides. For this job, we want to create two new master pages: one really simple design for the title and end slides and one that can be the basis for the rest of the slides in the presentation. So we will start in the Pages panel. I'll go up to the Master Pages area and right-click and choose New Master, and I'll give it a Prefix of T and a Name of Title.
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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files and scripts
      43s
  2. 22m 41s
    1. Case study: tomaxxi's InDesign shortcuts guide
      4m 19s
    2. Case study: The Magic of Reality app
      3m 20s
    3. Exploring PDF digital magazines: InDesign Magazine
      2m 45s
    4. Looking at digital newspapers: BostonGlobe.com
      3m 44s
    5. Reviewing digital magazines: National Geographic
      4m 58s
    6. Exploring iamboundless.com
      3m 35s
  3. 21m 56s
    1. Setting preferences for interactive documents
      6m 32s
    2. Customizing the workspace
      5m 48s
    3. Understanding intent and presets
      3m 5s
    4. Working with images and swatches
      5m 2s
    5. Installing scripts
      1m 29s
  4. 37m 24s
    1. Using Liquid Layout
      9m 17s
    2. Creating alternate layouts
      4m 4s
    3. Using primary text frames
      3m 49s
    4. Using the Content Conveyor
      5m 42s
    5. Linking text
      4m 32s
    6. Linking page items
      3m 19s
    7. Fitting frames to content
      3m 33s
    8. Using style mapping
      3m 8s
  5. 49m 48s
    1. Reviewing what we're going to build
      1m 56s
    2. Previewing with the SWF Preview panel
      4m 51s
    3. Presentation design tips
      2m 41s
    4. Setting up a presentation file with layers
      4m 53s
    5. Creating a navigation system
      8m 32s
    6. Creating a title and content slides
      7m 57s
    7. Overriding master page items
      5m 59s
    8. Setting page transitions
      4m 34s
    9. Creating hyperlinks
      3m 40s
    10. Using the slug for notes
      4m 45s
  6. 37m 40s
    1. Understanding what we're going to build
      1m 11s
    2. Building an interactive table of contents
      5m 9s
    3. Building a navigation system
      4m 5s
    4. Creating PDF-only buttons
      3m 33s
    5. Using a SWF slideshow in a PDF
      9m 33s
    6. Placing a video and using the Media panel
      5m 44s
    7. Setting navigation points
      4m 28s
    8. Placing a video from a URL
      1m 21s
    9. Creating hyperlinks from URLs
      2m 36s
  7. 18m 6s
    1. An overview of PDF forms
      2m 6s
    2. Creating text fields and signature fields
      3m 13s
    3. Creating list boxes and combo boxes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating checkboxes and radio buttons
      3m 47s
    5. Creating tab order for PDF forms
      3m 14s
    6. Creating Submit, Print, and Clear Form actions
      1m 51s
  8. 53m 36s
    1. Exploring the Animation Encyclopedia script
      10m 57s
    2. Using the Animation panel
      6m 56s
    3. Animating on a motion path
      3m 57s
    4. Animating a list
      4m 29s
    5. Creating navigation buttons
      5m 15s
    6. Creating a multi-state object
      6m 23s
    7. Creating a page number indicator
      2m 57s
    8. Animating an opening page
      3m 9s
    9. Creating a multi-purpose button
      3m 11s
    10. Exporting your presentation and embedded fonts to SWF
      3m 46s
    11. Working with transitions and animation
      2m 36s
  9. 40m 34s
    1. An overview of the DPS workflow and the publishing process
      4m 31s
    2. Creating hyperlinks
      5m 17s
    3. Creating slideshows
      3m 25s
    4. Using the Image Sequence feature
      4m 58s
    5. Adding audio and video
      5m 6s
    6. Creating panoramas
      4m 21s
    7. Adding web content
      3m 56s
    8. Panning and zooming
      4m 1s
    9. Creating scrollable frames
      4m 59s
  10. 27m 18s
    1. Using the Folio Builder panel
      5m 28s
    2. Creating a folio
      5m 28s
    3. Adding articles to a folio
      5m 47s
    4. Using the Content Viewer to preview a folio
      3m 53s
    5. Using the Folio Producer
      4m 54s
    6. Viewing a folio on an iPad
      1m 48s
  11. 49s
    1. Next steps
      49s

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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents
5h 11m Intermediate Jun 11, 2012

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Join Adobe InDesign and publishing expert Mike Rankin as he explains how to use InDesign to design a wide range of digital documents, including interactive PDFs and apps for the iPad. This course provides a tour of digital publishing trends and shows how to bring these trends to bear in various projects, such as a slide presentation, a PDF form, and an interactive portfolio. Mike also introduces the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and shows how to publish dynamic interactive documents to the iPad and other mobile devices.

Topics include:
  • Examining trends in digital design
  • Setting preferences for interactive documents
  • Understanding intent and presets
  • Working with images and swatches
  • Creating and working with interactive PDFs
  • Creating alternate layouts for multiple screens
  • Linking text and page items
  • Fitting frames to content
  • Setting up a file with layers
  • Creating a slideshow with transitions and hyperlinks
  • Building a table of contents
  • Adding a SWF slideshow to a PDF
  • Placing video
  • Creating PDF forms
  • Adding animation
  • Working with the Digital Publishing Suite
Subjects:
Design Digital Publishing PDF Projects
Software:
InDesign Digital Publishing Suite
Author:
Mike Rankin

Creating a title and content slides

To create a consistent look for our presentation and to build up different slide types quickly, the best tool for the job is master pages. We can start with a foundation that includes just navigation elements and then create variations for our title and content slides. For this job, we want to create two new master pages: one really simple design for the title and end slides and one that can be the basis for the rest of the slides in the presentation. So we will start in the Pages panel. I'll go up to the Master Pages area and right-click and choose New Master, and I'll give it a Prefix of T and a Name of Title.

I will base it on the N-Nav master and click OK. Now I want to add a background image for some texture. So I will go to my Layers panel, target the Background layer, press Command+D or Ctrl+D, I will navigate to my Links folder, and scroll down and select texture.psd. I'll click Open and click to place the graphic. I will drag it over to center it a little bit. And this is a little too dark for my taste, so I want to lighten it a bit.

I will go up the Control panel and select the Opacity controls and decrease the Opacity of the graphic to 30%. That's a little better. I actually don't want this huge page number on the title and end slides and nor do I want it on my Nav master either. That page should only contain navigation elements. So in the Pages panel, I'll double- click on the Nav master, select the text frame, and cut it. Now I need to create the content master, and remember, we have that big page number in the clipboard. So again, I'll right-click in the Pages area, select New Master, and this one I'll call C, Content.

And I'll base it on the Title master. I'll click OK. Now we get that background image, because I based it on the Title master. And I do want the giant page number on the content slides because for this presentation, I have eight slides for the 8 reasons to study at Roux Academy and I don't want to type out those numbers when I can have InDesign do it for me so easily. So to paste the page number in the same location as before, I'll target the Background layer and choose Edit > Paste in Place. Now I would like to change the font.

So with the frame still selected, I'll go to my Type tool and change from Minion Pro to Adobe Garamond Pro. And I want this even bigger, so the top and the bottom of the numbers get cropped off. I am going to go all the way to 1200 point type. I will zoom out and make the frame larger so I can see it. Try to center it a little bit. The next thing I want to do is make these page numbers very subtle since otherwise their sheer size would overwhelm everything on the page.

I'll reduced the Tint to 25% Black by going to my Swatches panel, selecting Formatting affects text and Tint of 25%. And I also want the numbers to blend into the background texture. So I will switch to Formatting affects container and then I can go up to my control panel and change the Opacity down to about 25%. Now, let's apply the masters we created to our document pages. First, I will do the title and end slides. So I will go back to the Pages panel, I will right-click, and choose View Pages > Horizontally.

That way I can see more pages at once. I'll Command+Click or Ctrl+Click on the first and last pages and then I'll Option+Click or Alt+Click on the Title master to apply that. Now I'll apply the Content master to my other slides. So I will select page 2 and Shift+Select page 9 so I have all those pages selected, and I'll Option+Click or Alt+Click on the Content master. So, now I have all the right masters applied, but I have a little problem. If I go to page 2, I want the number here to start at 1, since this is the first reason to apply at the Roux Academy, so I need to change the page numbering.

First of all, I am going to go to the this little black triangle here over page 1 and double-click it to open up my Numbering & Section Options, and I am going to change the Style from Arabic to lowercase Roman and click OK. I am going to right-click on the second page and choose Numbering & Section Options and I am going to have Start Section selected, Start Page Numbering at 1, Style Arabic. I can't have two Arabic page number ones, so that's why I had to create a separate section for the Title and use Roman numerals there.

I'll click OK and now we have our numbering starting at 1. Next, I want to add some placeholder elements for the text and photos on my content slides. I want three main elements on each content slide: some text on the left that says reason number one, reason number two, and so on; I want a text frame with the slide title and supporting text in the middle; and on the right side, I want a photo. And furthermore, I want some branding and contact info to go down here at the bottom. So, I am going to go to my Content master and to do all of this quicker, I did some work ahead of time to create styles to apply to the text in the objects.

If you need help understanding how to create and edit styles, I recommend you watch Michael Murphy's InDesign Styles in Depth videos in the lynda.com online training library. So the first thing I will put on my Content master is the text frame for the smaller reason numbers here over on the left. So I will go to my Layers panel. I will make sure I have my Text layer selected. I'll get my Type tool. I will press the W key so I can see all those columns I created, and I am actually going to select the large frame with the page number in it and lock it by pressing Command+L or Ctrl+L, just so it doesn't get in my way.

Now I'll draw the text frame for the reason numbers. I have it occupy two columns and I will position it up a little bit higher, at about 130 pixels. Then I will double-click to get my Type tool in there. Let's zoom in and I'll type Reason No., press Return, and then I'll press the keyboard shortcut for the current page number, which is Command+Shift+Option+N, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+N. Now, I'll apply those styles I created.

So I'll open Window > Styles > Paragraph Styles, and apply Reason Sidehead Title and Reason Sidehead Number. And I'll zoom out a little. And next, I want to create the main text frame. I'll drag out a frame and have it occupy six of my columns: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and all the way down to the bottom.

I'll nudge it up a little bit, to about 250 pixels, and make it go all the way to the bottom. I'll add some placeholder text. I will just type in "Slide Title" and "Slide Text" and apply a couple of styles, so again, Window > Styles > Paragraph Styles > Slide Title, and Slide Text. Next, I want to add a photo frame over here on the top right and I am going to take my Rectangle Frame tool, click and drag over five columns. And again, I have a style that I can apply to it.

I'll pick the Object Style by going Window > Styles > Object Styles, and this one is called Picture. It gives the frame a white fill and a drop shadow. So far, we have got our presentation file off to a great start. We have it nicely structured with master pages for Title and Content slides. And what we need to do next is place the photos and text on our Content slides, add some branding and contact info, and work on our title and end slides.

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Q: I'm following along with the movie "Using a SWF slideshow in a PDF," but when I go to the Tools menu in Acrobat, there is no Multimedia option. Can you help me complete the tutorial?
A: With each new version of Acrobat, Adobe seems to enjoy moving commands to different menus, and sometimes renaming them. To remove the background in Acrobat XI, take the Selection tool (black arrow) and right-click anywhere in the window and choose Properties. This opens the Edit SWF dialog box where you can select Transparent Background in the Launch Settings. You can do the same thing by choosing Tools > Interactive Objects > Select Object and then double clicking anywhere on the SWF.
 
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