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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.
Now that we've created the masters, let's begin to place content on these pages. If I try to select this text, I can't seem to grab it. The reason is it's a master page item. You notice these small dots? These means it's connected to the master page, and it isn't currently editable. I'm going to hold Command+Shift on the Mac, or Ctrl+Shift on the PC, and click on each of these frames. Now that they are overridden, I can edit them or delete them if I wish. I'm going to double-click in, and I'm going to type in "CALIFORNIA" and "explore".
Let's change their colors. I'll select explore, go to my swatches, and choose Explore Pink. Let's select CALIFORNIA and choose Explore Gray. I will grab my Selection tools, and I will move this around to position this better. Next, I hold Command+Shift or Ctrl+Shift on the PC, override this frame, and then deselect, select it again, and delete it because I don't need it. Next, I need to add an image for the background. Now, you might me tempted to override this background frame and then place a graphic in it, but there is another way to do this.
I'm going to go to File > Place and grab goldengate.jpg. With my loaded cursor on the pasteboard, you'll notice that there are two straight lines: there is one vertical and one horizontal. This means that it's going to make a brand-new frame. But when I mouse over a frame that's connected to a master page, you'll see it will have the curved lines on either side. The curved lines on either side of the paintbrush means it's going to override the master page frame and place the graphic inside it. I'll click and it goes inside. Now I can mark this background frame, so I don't have to accidentally grab it.
Now our title page is done, and it looks really nice. Let's move on to the third page. On the third page, I need to override a quite of few frames. Now, rather than doing them one by one, I'm going to hold down the same shortcut command--Shift on the Mac or Ctrl+Shift on the PC--but I'm going to click and drag to select the items that I want to override. When I release, all of these items are override. The background graphic wasn't overridden because that layer was locked. I'm going to unlock that layer, deselect, and then we are going to place ocean.
I can click on that frame, and it goes inside, and now I can relock that layer again. Let's select the background graphic and change its color to Desert Green, Tint 100%, and then this other graphic to Desert Tan, Tint 100%. I'm going to select the text. I'm going to change it to "DURATION", "1 week", "COST", "$2500/person", and "DEPARTURE", "01/13/10 and 07/04/10".
I'll select all of this and make it be Paper. If you want to override everything on the spread, you can also do this from the Page Panel menu. Be careful overriding everything because sometimes you may not want to.
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