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Working with images

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Video: Working with images

When designing for print, we use CMYK for images and color. But when we're creating digital documents, we need to use RGB because our ultimate destination for these documents will be on the computer screen. By default, when there's no document opened and we go to our Swatches panel, you'll see that there are CMYK images in here. But if we make a new document--I am going to File > New > Document--and we change our Intent to Web, and click OK, you'll see they all switch to RGB. There's no need to have to worry about changing these beforehand. Let's say we make a brand-new color swatch, and it happens to be CMYK.

Working with images

When designing for print, we use CMYK for images and color. But when we're creating digital documents, we need to use RGB because our ultimate destination for these documents will be on the computer screen. By default, when there's no document opened and we go to our Swatches panel, you'll see that there are CMYK images in here. But if we make a new document--I am going to File > New > Document--and we change our Intent to Web, and click OK, you'll see they all switch to RGB. There's no need to have to worry about changing these beforehand. Let's say we make a brand-new color swatch, and it happens to be CMYK.

I am going to change its color to something like this. If we want to convert this back to RGB, all we have to do is double-click and go to Color mode, and change it to RGB and click OK. Something else to look out for is our Transparency Blend Space. By going to Edit > Transparency Blend Space, we want to be sure we're using Document RGB. The Transparency Blend Space helps you avoid color mismatches when you use transparency effects inside your document. Because our document is going to end up onscreen, we want the Blend Space to render correctly into RGB.

We also have to pay attention to our images. I am going to deselect and close this. Let's bring in an image. I am going to go to File > Place, or Command+D or Ctrl+D on the PC, and I'm going to go into my Links folder. Inside my Place dialog box, I am going to scroll down and select bird.jpg. Now, I could use a TIFF or EPS, but JPEGs work just fine for onscreen. I am going to click Open and then click and drag and place this image. Now, when I go to my Links panel and look inside the Link Info, you'll see the Color Space is CMYK.

CMYK is useful for printing, but if this is going to be going onscreen, it needs to be RGB. Now, if I leave it at CMYK, and I output it to a PDF or a SWF file, InDesign will convert it for me. But I prefer to have Photoshop do the conversion, because it can do a better job. So to convert it myself, I am going to go to the Panel menu, choose Edit With > Adobe Photoshop. Inside Photoshop, I am going to go to Image > Mode > RGB. Now, I can go to File > Save, and close the image.

Back inside InDesign, you'll see it's updated, and now it's an RGB image. When we're designing for digital documents, it's going to end up onscreen, which means we can use a smaller resolution. Normally for print, we want around 300 DPI, but for onscreen, it only has to be 72 PPI, which is pixels per inch, so we can get away with using smaller file size. You can use larger ones if you like, but they are going to be downsampled when you export to your final output. Well, it may seem strange to work with RGB if you're used to only working with CMYK, don't let it bother you because they really aren't that different. I think you'll find that over time working in RGB will seem as natural as CMYK.

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InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations

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  1. 1m 56s
    1. Introduction
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 11m 45s
    1. Interactive documents: Born Magazine
      1m 49s
    2. Annual report case study: Unitus
      1m 44s
    3. Self-publishing
      1m 59s
    4. Digital books: iBooks, ePub
      2m 15s
    5. Digital newspapers: Times Reader
      1m 51s
    6. Digital magazines: Wired, iGIZMO, The New Yorker
      2m 7s
  3. 12m 32s
    1. Setting preferences for interactive documents
      2m 36s
    2. Customizing the workspace
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding intent and presets
      2m 21s
    4. Working with images
      2m 37s
    5. Installing scripts
      1m 52s
  4. 9m 40s
    1. Comparing PDF and SWF presentations
      2m 5s
    2. Presenting from InDesign: Presentation mode
      2m 2s
    3. Presenting a SWF
      1m 50s
    4. Presenting a PDF
      1m 8s
    5. Creative tip: Practice your presentation
      2m 35s
  5. 33m 42s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 28s
    2. Previewing your layout with the Preview panel
      3m 25s
    3. Creative tip: KISS (Keep It Super Simple)
      3m 11s
    4. Setting up a presentation with layers
      5m 21s
    5. Creating a navigation system
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a title and content slides
      4m 40s
    7. Overriding master page items
      3m 21s
    8. Setting page transitions
      2m 31s
    9. Creating hyperlinks
      2m 26s
    10. Using the slug for notes
      2m 14s
  6. 23m 30s
    1. Adding a Full Screen button with a tool tip
      4m 15s
    2. Creating PDF bookmarks in InDesign
      3m 19s
    3. Using a button to go to a specific page in a PDF
      3m 11s
    4. Using animation inside a PDF presentation
      6m 15s
    5. Exporting your presentation to interactive PDF
      4m 6s
    6. Creating a PDF Portfolio presentation
      2m 24s
  7. 29m 50s
    1. Exploring the Animating Encyclopedia Script
      6m 24s
    2. Using the Animation panel
      3m 38s
    3. Animating a list
      2m 28s
    4. Designing an alternate navigation
      3m 35s
    5. Creating a multistate object
      4m 25s
    6. Creating a page number indicator
      1m 59s
    7. Animating an opening page
      1m 53s
    8. Using Page Turn vs. Page Curls
      2m 4s
    9. Exporting your presentation to SWF
      2m 21s
    10. Watching out for transitions with animations
      1m 3s
  8. 24m 3s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 43s
    2. Creative tip: Breaking down a complex animation
      3m 2s
    3. Taming the Timing panel
      1m 43s
    4. Animating on a motion path
      3m 2s
    5. Creating a sound hot spot
      2m 34s
    6. Creating a slideshow with a multistate object
      1m 50s
    7. Creating a loaded button
      2m 43s
    8. Creating an interactive map
      4m 25s
    9. Creative tip: Have fun!
      3m 1s
  9. 15m 38s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 19s
    2. Creating the opening transition
      4m 20s
    3. Creating a logo slideshow
      2m 34s
    4. Animating the color palette
      3m 44s
    5. Combining multistate objects and buttons
      3m 41s
  10. 28m 45s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 26s
    2. Building an interactive table of contents
      4m 19s
    3. Building a navigation system
      2m 9s
    4. Creating PDF-only buttons
      3m 1s
    5. Using a SWF slideshow in a PDF
      4m 14s
    6. Placing a video and using the Media panel
      3m 59s
    7. Setting navigation points
      3m 24s
    8. Placing a video from a URL
      2m 2s
    9. Creating URLs from hyperlinks
      4m 11s
  11. 22m 40s
    1. Preparing your layout for Export
      5m 7s
    2. Handing off your InDesign layout to Flash
      3m 11s
    3. Opening the FLA file in Flash CS5 Professional
      2m 33s
    4. Adding a stop command and testing the movie
      2m 22s
    5. Fixing the buttons
      3m 8s
    6. Importing a video into Flash
      1m 45s
    7. Editing the animations
      2m 59s
    8. Publishing a SWF
      1m 35s
  12. 17m 0s
    1. Avoiding legacy media
      1m 11s
    2. Converting a video into FLV with Adobe Media Encoder
      1m 52s
    3. Using the JPG Pass-Through filter
      2m 32s
    4. Avoiding compatibility issues
      3m 7s
    5. Slimming down your FLA
      2m 41s
    6. Sharing motion presets
      3m 40s
    7. Testing hyperlinks in a SWF
      1m 57s
  13. 34s
    1. Further Recommendations
      34s

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