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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.
I want to start of mood board by creating a memorable impression that lets the user know that this is not your run-of-the-mill static document. We are going to create a series of animations that quickly bring all of our design elements into place over a short amount of time. We are going to begin our presentation by selecting the white background, opening the Animation panel, and choosing the preset Fly in and Blur from the bottom. Next, we are going to set the Duration to .75 seconds and set the reference point to the top middle. Now we will select our motion path and then extend it all the way beyond the bottom of the page. Our next step is the banner.
The banner has a front and the back. It might be hard to select the back so if you hold down Command or Ctrl and click, you're able to select the back piece. When you have the back piece selected, we are going to open the Animation panel, and we are going to choose Fly in from Right. We set its Duration to half a second. We will select the motion path, switch to a Direct Selection tool, and extend it to the lower right. Switch to the selection tool and select the banner front. With this selected, go to the Preset panel and choose Fly in from Left.
We will set the Duration to half a second, switch to the Direct Selection tool, and put it off at an angle the same as the banner. Now let's make the cityscape and logos appear. Using your Selection tool, I am going to Shift +Click and select as many elements as I can. With these selected, I am going to change the Preset Fade In. I am going to select the cityscape logo, and I am going to set the Duration to half a second and the city logo background to three quarters of the second. Now let's test our animation. Everything animates as expected, but the timing seems to be off. We are going to adjust the timing in a few moments after we fix the animation of the clouds.
Let's start by selecting the left-hand clouds. With these clouds selected, I will go over to my Animation panel and choose Move Right. I am going to choose Hide Until Animated and Loop. I am going to select the first cloud, set its Duration to 20 seconds, and then select its motion path and extend it to where the other clouds reside. I will repeat the process on the second cloud except for changing its duration to 15 seconds. Then I'll extend that motion path to where the other clouds are. Moving to the right clouds, hold Shift, grab both of those clouds, set the preset to Move Left, Loop and Hide Until Animated, I'll select the top cloud, select its motion path, move it to the other clouds, select that cloud and change its Duration to 18 seconds.
The bottom cloud, its motion path to the other side, and its Duration to 30 seconds. Now that I have my clouds animated, I need to hide them before they begin their animation. I'm going to grab the Rectangle Frame tool and draw a rectangle to cover the clouds. I am going to change its Fill to Paper. Then grab my selection tool and Option+ Drag or Alt+Drag a copy to put on top of the other clouds. I am going to hold down my Shift key, grab both of the frames and group them together. With both of them selected, I am going to name the group opaque rectangles.
I am going to add the animation preset Appear and Hide Until Animated. Now that I have my animations complete it's time to set the proper timing for the page. I am going to go to my Timing panel and I need to reorder everything inside this panel. I am going to select group and banner by holding the Shift key, and I am going to choose to play them together. I am going to grab banner and set its Delay to a quarter second. I am going to put cityscape underneath banner and then opaque rectangles right under the cityscape. I am going to play these two together and set a Delay of a quarter second on cityscape.
I am going to grab Clouds 5 and put that underneath Logotype 1, grab MAGAZINE CITY GUIDE and put that underneath Clouds 5. Next is button 3 followed by line, Clouds 1, and finally Left 1 and Left 2. Now for the delays. Magazine needs a quarter second, Clouds 1 needs 6 seconds. Next, I'll go to the Clouds Left 1 and give it 2 seconds and Clouds Left 2 needs 6 seconds. Now that we have all the delays set I am going to select Clouds 5, hold Shift and click on Clouds 2 and tell them all to play together.
Let's preview our animation. Everything comes in as expected. We have each animated element pop in, and then the clouds will slowly appear. As your animations become more complex, getting everything to play at the right time may seem difficult, but when you use the Preview panel you can test your animations until you've everything timed perfectly.
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