- Using the animation presets are a good way to start working with inDesign's animation features, but I think once you start making your own animations you'll quickly find that you'll wanna tweak the Animations Panel's settings and modify them from the way a preset sets things up for you. You can start with the preset and modify it, or you can just change some of the settings in the Animation panel yourself without evening using the presets at all. And if the settings you create are ones you're gonna reuse again, you can even save most of them and make your own custom preset.
Let's take a look at this animation that was created completely with custom animation. I'm gonna open the EPUB Interactivity Preview panel by using the keyboard shortcut, shift+opt/alt+return key. We have type fading in and our little logos are rolling across the page. I'll close this panel and let's take a look at how this was done. I'm gonna turn to page two of this file where I basically have the same elements, but with no animation applied to them.
Let's start with the headline. I want it to fade in. I'm gonna select my headline and I could choose the Fade In preset here, but instead I'm just going to change the opacity in the Animation panel myself. Down here is Opacity and I'll set it from None to Fade In. The default duration of 1 second comes up, and let's take a look at the preview. It fades in, but it fades in a little too quickly. I'm gonna change the duration to 2 seconds.
I'll just select the 1 second and type 2 right in there and press return. I've set this up completely myself without using any preset, and in fact notice where it says preset here, it's set to Custom, which means that I've set everything up. Now if we preview again, we'll see that it still fades in, but this time a little more slowly. Next, we're going to animate these logos. I'm gonna start with a preset here.
I want this logo to move right and do some other things as well. I could draw my own motion path, but I'm just gonna use the Move Right preset. Here is my motion path going across the page. Now I wanna add some other animation to this. As this logo moves across this page, I want it to rotate 360 degrees, so I'm just gonna come into the Rotate field here and type in 360, and tab or return out of there.
So this is going to move and rotate. I'd also like it to fade in gradually as it's moving and rotating, so I'm going to change the opacity to Fade In. Let's take a look and see what we have here. My headline fades in, and there goes my logo. That's exactly what I wanted. Starting with a built-in preset and then modifying it myself. Now, the nice thing about this kind of customization is if you have an effect that you're gonna use on multiple other objects, such as I have two other logos here, or even in another file, you can save these presets.
With the panel set the way I want it, I'm gonna come to the top of the Animation panel and choose Save. This lets me save this preset and I like to name them with a description of what they do. Move Right, Rotate 360 degrees, Fade In. Makes for a long name, but at least I know what it does. So I'm gonna click OK and save this preset. Now to apply it to this next logo, all I have to do is go to the Preset menu and choose my custom preset.
That has all of that animation applied to it. My third logo, I'll do the same thing. I'll apply my special custom preset. Makes it very quick to use these custom settings. Let's take a look at what we have and I'll open the Preview panel. There's my headline. Logo one, logo two, logo three. There's a lot more to customizing and especially saving these motion presets and we're gonna talk about that more in a different video, but for now you can see that the animation presets are handy, but don't let yourself get stuck in thinking these are the only animation options that you have.
Think outside the animation preset box. Presets can be easily modified by making any changes to the settings in the Animations panel.
- 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."