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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.
Sometimes it's a good idea to wow your audience at the beginning of your presentation. Let's create a complex animation at the start, to get the audience's attention. Using a variety of InDesign's tools, we can create this effect without having to write a single line of code. I am going to begin by selecting all of these placed images. These are thumbnails of every single page in a presentation. I am going to go to the Animation panel and go to Preset > Move and Scale > Move Right and Grow. I am going to change the scale percentage to 450% in both the Width and Height. I am going to change the Animation to To Current Appearance.
I am going to deselect and select the first image. When I turn On Show Animation Proxy, I'll see a preview of where the animation will begin. I want this to begin filling up the entire screen, so I am going to click to select the motion path, switch to my Direct Selection tool, and align this at the center of the page. The pink lines that you see are the smart guides that help you with your alignment. Let's preview the animation. I can see the first slide animated the way that like.
Now I need to change the motion path for the rest of these images. I am going to switch to my Selection tool and then continue the process. Now that I finished animating these, let's preview our animation again. Each of the images are starting at the center of the screen and going into their position. But I don't want them to come in this straight order; I want more of a random effect. For that, I am going to open the Timing panel. Inside the Timing panel, I can see I have each of them appearing one after another. Let's put these in a different order.
I don't want to have any numbers that are sequential next to each other. Now, let's preview. There--a nice random appearance of our pictures. This complicated animation may take some time, but by using Smart Guides to help you with alignment it shouldn't be too hard to get his animation pixel-perfect.
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