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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.
In order to let you move from slide to slide, it is crucial to create a simple and efficient navigation system. We are going to put our navigation system on the master page. A master page is a special page that automatically applies information to specific pages in a document. We are going to begin by going to the A-Master page in our document. Inside our Pages panel, double-clicks on A-Master. Now, let's rename the A-Master to something a little more specific. Mouse over the words "A-Master", right- click or Ctrl+Click your mouse and choose Master Options for "A-Master".
We are going to leave the A, but we are going to name this "Nav". Now that we are in on the Nav master, we need to create the buttons. Click and hold down the Rectangle tool and choose the Polygon tool. When you click and drag, you might have a hexagon or a different shape, but we are just going to change a number of sides. In previous versions of InDesign, you could use the arrow keys to change a number of sides. But in CS5, if you try to use the arrow keys, you might start adding more shapes. Well, to change this behavior, press the Spacebar. When you tap the Spacebar, it changes to the old way of working.
When you use the Down button, it will change the numbers side down. If you use the Up button, it adds more sides. We are going to go down to three sides to draw a triangle. After drawing the triangle, I want you to swap the stroke and fill and switch to your Selection tool. We are going to move it to the center of the page and then most to the corner and rotate. Hold the Shift key to rotate in 90-degree increments until we get it on its side. Now, let's resize this to a smaller size and place this in the lower right-hand corner. Let's change its color from 100% black to 15% gray. Click on Tint and type in 15%.
Now, let's zoom in so we can see this closer. To help soften this triangle, we are going to go to Object > Corner Options to give it rounded corners. We'll put in a five-pixel rounded corner, and we'll click OK. Let's move this to the side because we've finished creating our Next Page graphic. Now we have to create our Last Page graphic. Hold down your Option or Alt key and drag a copy to the right. Now, we have to add a rectangle to make it look like it's the last page. I am going to click and hold the switch to the regular Rectangle tool, and we'll draw a rectangle the same height as the triangle.
Now, we'll switch to our Eyedropper tool and sample the formatting. You can see it picked up the rounded corners and the same color. Let's group these two objects. Now we have a Next Page button and the Last Page button, but we want to create a Previous Page button and a First Page button. We'll hold the Shift key and select both of them. Make sure your reference point is in the middle-left. Then Option or Alt+Click the Flip Horizontal button. This will put a mirrored copy of them to the left of the images. We can drag this over to separate them, and let's mouse over so we can see.
Now, I want to separate these graphics from our layout. Let's choose the Rectangle tool and click and drag a rectangle larger than all of them. Let's swap this stroke and fill and give them a nice 45% tint background. We are going to go to Object > Arrange > Send to Back to move them all the way to the back. We'll grab our Selection tool and resize it so it's a nice appropriate distance. Now, let's add a rounded corner. Object > Corner Options. We'll put a five- pixel rounded corner.
With all of these selected, let's move it to the lower right-hand corner and preview the layout. If it looks too large, we can always make it smaller, but I think it's appropriate right now. We can close the Preview panel. Now, let's create functional buttons. I am going to select the Next graphic and open the Button panel. I'll click on the appearance Normal to create a button, and I am going to name it "Next". I want to give it the Action, so when the user clicks on it, it goes to the next page. We are going to add an appearance to let you know when you roll over the button.
So we'll click on Rollover, and we are going to change it fill to 100% black. Let's leave its appearance at Normal, and now let's repeat the process for the other buttons. Let's select the Last Page button and add the action Go to Last Page. We'll name it "Last", and we'll add a rollover of 100%. We'll put it back to normal, and then we'll repeat the process for the remaining two. This will be the Previous page.
We'll name it "Previous" and add a rollover of 100%. Then finally, First page and rollover of 100%. Now, let's test. As you can see, they work. As we roll over, each of them change. If we had extra pages in the document with different content we'd be able to see that.
Whenever you find yourself creating new interactive content, it's a good idea to get in the habit of testing it with the Preview panel. This way if something that you have created isn't working properly, you can go back and fix it while it's fresh in your mind.
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