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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.
Just about every page of InDesign has a tiny letter on it. This means it is connected to a master page, similar to how PowerPoint and Keynote have master slides. We have already created a navigation master that we worked on in the previous video, but now let's create a title and a content slide. Let's begin by creating another master page. I am going to go to our Pages Panel menu and choose New Master. We're going to base it on the A-nav, which we made earlier. Let's name it "Title". We'll make one more. Go to the Panel menu. Choose New Master.
We'll base it on the A-nav, and we'll call it "Content". Now, let's go back to the title master. On the title master, we're going to select the background layer, grab the Graphic Frame tool, and we're going to click and drag and draw a background frame. Let's lock that layer. This way, we have a frame ready to put our background graphic in, but we don't have to accidentally select it. Now that we've finished the background, let's create some text frames for our headlines. I'm going to go to the text layer, grab my Type tool, and click and drag a large text frame.
Let's type out headline, and then we'll come over to our Paragraph Styles. Now, there are already some paragraph styles made in here, which I've made earlier. To learn more about paragraph styles, please watch David Blatner's InDesign CS5 Essential Training. I'm going to select Headline, and apply the paragraph style Title - 1st half. I'll grab my Type tool, I'll click and drag, and draw another large text frame, and I'm going to type out "subhead", apply the paragraph style. Title - 2nd half. With my black Selection tool, I can position these in the nice tasteful appearance.
Finally, I'll grab my Type tool, click and drag, and draw a large frame, right-click my mouse, and choose Fill with Placeholder Text. I don't need most of this text, so I'm going to click and drag and remove most of it. Now, I'll grab my Selection tool, go over to Object Styles, and click on the object style, Intro Text. If all the text doesn't fit, I can come in here and delete some of the extra text. Looks like I need to get rid of a little more. There we go. That looks good. Grab my Selection tool, and I'll place this at a good position.
Now, my title slide is complete, and we can move onto the content slide. I am going to come over to the content master page. Double-click. I am going to unlock the background layer, select it, and draw another large graphic frame. I'll relock that layer, go to the Image layer, grab my Rectangle tool, and click and drag, and draw a large rectangle. I'm going to remove the stroke and apply a 35% gray background.
Next, I'll go to Object > Corner Options. I'm going to unlink the middle, and I'm going to put a rounded 30-pixel corner on opposite sides. Next, with the Rectangle tool, I'm going to draw a rectangle that comes in from the upper-left corner. I will remove the stroke and apply a 55% tint background. Next, I'm going to go to the text layer. Now unfortunately, when I created my layers, I put the text underneath the images, when in reality, text should always be above your images.
So I'm going to grab the text layer, and drag it above the image layer. Now, I'm going to lock the image layer, grab my Type tool, and draw a large text frame to fill in the background. Inside this frame, I'm going to type in "subhead", return, "bullet". I'll select subhead, go to Paragraph Styles, and apply the Subhead paragraph style. I'll select bullet, go inside my Paragraph Styles, and apply the style Bullet Copy. I can select both of these, copy it to the clipboard, and then paste it in a few more times.
Next, with my Type tool, I'll click and drag, draw one more frame up here, and type in "Tour Info" and finally, apply the paragraph style Tour header. With my black Selection tool, I can move this over and position this at the correct place. Now, this master page is complete. We can apply these masters to our document. I'm going to double-click to go to page 1, and now I can click and drag and apply the title page to page 1. I can apply another title to page 2, content to page 3, and title to page 4.
Now, as I scroll through this document, I can see how all of the pages change. Master pages make it easy to keep your layouts consistent. If you need to change the position of something, or put something on a certain page, they'll update across your layout on every page that they're applied to.
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