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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.
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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