Join Diane Burns for an in-depth discussion in this video Animating a textbook, part of InDesign: Creating Animations.
- InDesign animations are a great way to enrich the experience of reading a textbook. In this video, I'm going to walk you through a textbook example, an original publication all about the moon. Let's take a look. I'm going to open the EPub Interactivity Preview panel, using our keyboard shortcuts shift and option or alt and the return key. When you open the panel this way, it's set to only view single pages at a time, the current page in your document. But this is a multiple-page document, so I'm going to come to the lower right-hand corner here, and click on this document mode icon.
When I do that, I need to reload the preview. So I'll click the play button here. And now, we can go through the pages of this document. Here's our cover, but inside are questions. The format of this book, is that there are questions that when clicked upon, give the answer. And, as you can clearly see, each answer has InDesign animation, and who knew, made of cheese it is. Again, the same format continues. But in each answer, different kinds of animation are used to give the answer.
So it really mixes it up a bit. And the important question, is there life on the moon? Well, we don't know. This is just a couple of pages of the overall project, but it gives you an idea of how the book was designed. I'd like to show you the construction of this document. Let's take a look at this first page. And on each page, each question is designed as a button. The button plays a state in a multiple-state object that's at the top of the page.
This is where all the answers are. There's always a start frame that doesn't have a button linked to it, but for example, question one is linked to state one. Let's take a quick look at how this was animated. I'm not going to animate it for you, but I want to show you how it was constructed. Let's look at the timing panel. First of all, the very first thing that you see when you click on this MSO, which is this moon image, and actually the left side of this red line right here isn't animated. Because, just by going to the MSO, you're going to land on those anyway.
They're just going to be there, visible. But immediately, this line starts growing. If we take a look at that line, it was created using our scaling trick. It goes from zero width to the current appearance and draws across the moon. And then finally, the text, which is grouped with this final right-hand bar, comes in and it is set to appear. So it all comes in, in sequence. Let's take a look at a question on the next page, and the animation that's associated with that.
I want to look at question five here. So, I'm going to click on the object state, and we'll go to question five. Notice that each state in the MSO is carefully named. And in the layers panel, things are carefully named as well. Each question has its own layer, and then the MSO has each state in its own layer as well. In this case, for this particular state, again, we originally have the moon image show up. But if we look at the timing panel, these are the pieces.
First of all, these little vertical lines use our scaling trick to draw themselves. Next, the horizontal lines for north and south draw themselves, and they're linked together, just like the vertical lines were. Next, the photographs of the south pole and the north pole of the moon appear, they're linked together, and then the legends come in. Finally, the type comes in. The type uses our scrolling text trick. There's a frame here that has a directional feather on it.
And the type is set on a custom motion path to move to the current appearance. So it actually starts down here and comes through that gradient to change its opacity as it comes in. Pretty clever. We've covered all the techniques used in this document in other videos in this course. But I wanted to give you the opportunity to see these techniques used together in a more extensive project, creating a really interesting experience of presenting what are just some basic facts and figures in a way that I think is engaging and fun.
Learning should never be dull, and InDesign animations help ensure that it never will be.
- Setting up an animation workspace
- Working with the Animation panel
- Viewing and editing animation presets
- Working with rotation and scaling
- Creating motion paths
- Adjusting timing
- Animating type
- Animating infographics
- Adding buttons and sounds
- Building more complex animations
- Exporting animation
- Creating, saving, and sharing custom motion presets
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 03/23/2016. What changed?
A: We updated the video "Supported format overview" and added a new movie, 'Using animations with Publish Online."