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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.
When we created this document, we included a slug off to the right-hand side. We're going to use this area to keep our presenter and audience notes. On the right-hand side of our page, we're going to grab our Type tool and click and drag and draw a large text frame. Inside here I can enter any notes that are relevant for this particular slide as a presenter. For example, on the first page I'm going to enter "Don't forget to mention the coupon code 'explorecal10' for 10% off your order". After entering this, I'm going to select the frame and apply the object style Notes.
Now that I've created presenter notes, let's create another layer for audience notes. Now I'm going to hide this layer and Option+Click or Alt+Click to create a new layer and type in "Audience Notes". On this layer, I'm going to use my type tool, click and drag, try another text frame, but this time I'm just going to hit Enter quite a few times and then select all these enters, go to your Control Panel's menu and choose Paragraph Rules.
Move it out of the way and click Preview, and we're going to add a rule below and turn it on. Next, with all of these selected, we're going to go into Space After and increase the amount of space after, until it fills up the page. Now your audience would have a space to keep track of notes as you're giving your presentation. If I want to print out this presentation and include the notes, I would go to File > Print. In the Print dialog, I'm going to go into Setup, and I'm going to choose Scale To Fit.
Next, I'm going to go to Marks and Bleed and then turn on Include Slug Area. This way the slug area is included when I output. That way when I print out my presentation my notes are included for the audience so they have a place to keep track of their own notes. Before you print, don't forget to check your layers. If you have the wrong layer active, you may find yourself wasting a lot of paper. In addition, you can create custom print preset for presentations that includes your slug area. Now that we have finished creating a simple presentation, we can move on to some more advanced techniques in the next chapter.
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