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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 useful to work backwards when you're trying to create an animation. In this creative tip, we're going to reverse engineer an animation to learn how it was created and hopefully inspire you to make your own animations. Let's watch this animation closely. The animation begins with a pump slowly fading in. Next you see an electrical vehicle drive in and stop. Then you'll see it get filled up. Finally, we'll see "Charge 'ER Up" rotate up. This may look like a complicated animation, but it really isn't that hard to create. Let's go back to InDesign.
Inside InDesign, let's start with the fuel pump. With the pump selected, I'm going to go to the Animation panel and choose Fade In. Next I'm going to select the EV Car, go to the Animation panel, and choose Move Left. You can see from the motion path that it wants to move to the left. Well I want the car to end up here. I'm going to change the Animation properties From Current Appearance to To Current Location.
That way you can see the motion path ends where the car currently is. Let's change the Duration to half a second so the car can drive really fast, and then I'm going to click on the car and select the motion path and extend it off into the pasteboard. Let's preview our animation to make sure it's working. Okay, so we have the fuel pump fade in and then the car driving quickly. Next comes the tricky part. We want the fuel line to appear. Now you may think that the animation has something to do with the fuel line. In fact, if I select the square and move it out of the way you can see that it's obscuring the fuel line.
I'm going to press Undo and go back. All I have to do is with the square selected, I'm going to go to my Animation panel and choose Move Right. I'm going to add Opacity to Fade Out, select the motion path, and just make it a little shorter. Now let's Preview. You can see that the car pulls up and it gets filled up with fuel quickly. We can slow this down a little bit. I'm going to open up my Timing panel and I'm going to set a delay on the Reveal Charge Cord.
I'm going to bump this up to 0.75 seconds. Let's preview it. Finally, I want "Charge 'ER Up" to fade up to the pump. I'm going to close the panel, select Charge 'ER Up, open the Animation panel. From the preset I'm going to choose Rotate 90 degrees Clockwise. Next I'm going to add an Ease In on the Speed. I'm going to add the property To Current Appearance, change the reference point to the middle left, add a Fade Out, and Hide Until Animated. Now let's preview.
Woo! That seems like a complex animation, but in fact it really wasn't that difficult. If you have an idea for a complex animation, don't let it stop you from experimenting. Just take the time to break it down into small little pieces.
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