Join Diane Burns for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating and saving custom motion presets, part of InDesign: Creating Animations.
- Throughout this course, I've been showing you all kinds of custom settings in the Animation panel. One of the nice things is that, as we covered briefly in another video, you can save these custom settings to reuse again and again. That's really handy, because then you don't have to keep resetting the Animation panel all the time. Let's take a look at how it's done. I'm gonna select this logo, and apply some settings to it. I'll start with Move Left, but then as it moves left, I'd like it to Rotate counterclockwise 360 degrees.
I want it to spin all the way around, and I also want it to fade in as it rotates. Let's take a look at it in the Preview panel, and see if that's what we want. Perfect. Now, if this is a setting that I'm going to use again on other objects, I can save myself a lot of time by saving it as a Custom Preset. To do that, I simply keep the object selected, with the settings in the Animation panel the way I want them. Then, I'll go to the top of the Animation panel here, and choose Save. That means save the settings as a Custom Preset.
Now, I like to name these settings with names that give me a clue about what they do, so I'm gonna call this MoveLeft-Rot-360FadeIn It's a long name, but it's descriptive, and I'll know what it can be used for later. Once I save that preset, it appears at the top of the Preset panel. Here's the preset I just created, and here's a preset we saved in a previous video. I'm gonna select this object, and I'm gonna use the other preset that we made.
MoveRt-Rot360-FadeIn I know exactly what it does. Works great! So now, I wanna apply the same preset to this object that I have on this one: very easy, I don't have to change anything in the Animation panel. All I need to go is go to my Preset MoveLeft-Rot-360FadeIn, and I'm done. Very convenient.
When you save these presets, you're saving them to your hard drive, so they're always available, and you can use them on any object you want. I'm gonna turn to the next page of this file, and I can select the soccer ball, and again, I'll use one of our custom presets. I'm gonna have it move right, rotate 360 degrees, and fade in. Once I apply these custom presets, just like the built in presets, I can come in and change any other setting on the Animation panel that I want, and then it says Custom with the name of the preset behind it. Let's make another custom preset.
I'm gonna remove the animation from this, and I'm gonna make a Custom Motion Path. It's really nice that these custom presets will save custom motion paths. I'm gonna draw a diagonal, and then I'll select my soccer ball, and convert that diagonal line to a Motion Path. I think I'd also like this object to scale down as it moves, and fade out at the same time. Let's take a look. Great. It sort of disappears into the horizon.
It's not quite on the horizon, but all I need to do is move the soccer ball up, and then it will work perfectly. At any rate, I now wanna save this preset. I like the idea of something moving at a diagonal, and receding. It's like it's going away in the distance. So I think I'm gonna use this one a lot. Again, I'll go to the top of the Animation panel, and choose Save. I'm gonna call this one "Diag," for "diagonal," "00," which is always my scaling, and "FadeOut" and save it.
And, it appears at the top of my Presets here. Notice, by the way, that these custom presets do not appear on your menu in alphabetical order, rather, they are saved in the order, and display in the order that you created them. So, the last one you create will always be at the bottom. This is a really handy feature, but there are some limitations that I want you to be aware of. There are some settings that can not be saved in a custom preset. I'm gonna go to the last page in this file, and I've actually made a reference guide for you and put it right here in the exercise file, because I think it's really important to have access to this, and keep it in mind as you work with these custom presets.
Otherwise, you're gonna get really frustrated. So there are four settings that do not save in custom presets. We can not save the Start Event, it's always gonna revert to On Page Load. Now, you can save other settings in the panel, and apply that custom preset, and then just reset your Start Event if you want to, but you can't save, for example, On Page Click. If you have a custom preset that you want to loop, you can't do it. Looping will not be maintained, and you'll always have to reset that Loop On.
Animate will always revert to From Current Appearance, and that's one I wish we could save, because I do a lot of animations to current appearance, but I can't save them as part of a preset. Again, though, I could make other settings saved as part of the preset, and then just change that one setting. Still would save me some time. Finally, we can not set Hide Until Animated, or Hide After Animating as part of our preset. But still, they're very very handy, and we can use them on any file, on any object. In fact, let me switch to another file here, with this type selected, I'm gonna apply one of our presets.
Let's take a look. See how handy that is?
- 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."