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In InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations, Adobe Certified Instructor and designer James Fritz shows print designers how to use InDesign by itself and in conjunction Flash Professional to layout and design a wide range of digital documents. The course provides a tour of digital publishing trends, showing real-world examples of what can be achieved through InDesign. Several start-to-finish projects are also included, such as creating a presentation with transitions and animations, and building an interactive microsite. Exercise files accompany the course.
So far, we've learned how to create a series of animations form motion presets, which are pre-built animations with some configurable options. But what if you want an object to moving away that isn't listed in the Animation panel? If you want to have direct control over the path of an object's motion, we can create a motion path. On this page, we're going to grab the Zoom tool and zoom down to these flies. I want to have these flies flying around the Pocket Mulch. To do that, we are going to create a motion path. I am going to grab my Pencil tool and tap D on my keyboard to switch to my default fill and stroke.
This way I won't have a fill, and I'll have a black stroke. Now for this fly, I am going to draw a line that I want the fly around. So I am going to start by the fly and click and drag and just draw a nice little loop from the fly around. Next, I am going to grab my Selection tool and click and drag to select both the fly and the path. Inside my Animation panel, I am going to go to the panel menu and choose Convert to Motion Path. The path is now green and the fly can move along this path. Let's preview the animation. Did you see that? I am going to hit that one more time. That was quick.
That fly moved really fast. In fact it was going a little too fast. Let's open the Animation panel and increase its Duration to 4 seconds. Now let's preview it. There we go. That looks a little better. Let's animate the other flies. I am going to grab my Pencil tool again, and this time for this fly I am going to have him do a loop de loop. With my Selection tool, I am going to select the path and the fly, and I am going to go to Object > Interactive > Convert to Motion Path.
Let's open the Animation panel and we'll give him a Duration of 4.5 seconds. For our final fly, I am going to grab the Pencil and we'll draw a one last loop for him. We'll grab our Selection tool and select both and we're going to right-click our mouse. Go to Interactive > Convert to Motion Path. We are going to set this Duration to 3 seconds. Let's preview.
We'll see the first fly around, but the other two are not flying and then the next one goes, but the other one stopped. They are going one after another taking turns. How polite! But in reality these flies should be flying the entire time. Let's fix this. I am going to close the panel and hold the Shift key and select all of the flies. Inside the Animation panel I am going to loop their animation so they play continuously, and then finally inside the Timing panel, with all three selected, I am going to have them all play together. This way all the animations will be playing at the same time and they will never stop.
Let's preview it. Now that we have animated the flies on a motion path, our next step is to add sound to this animation. In the next video, we'll learn how to create a sound hotspot that adds the buzz noise when we mouse over the Pocket Mulch.
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