Join Anne-Marie Concepción for an in-depth discussion in this video Retaining special effects in images, part of Creating a Fixed-Layout EPUB.
When you're exporting individual images from InDesign to use in your…fixed-layout EPUB, sometimes it just isn't good enough to export all the images…to HTML or to select an image and export it to JPEG, because a lot of times the…designers will use special effects in InDesign that involve two or more objects.…Like, look at this picture of the saguaro cactus.…It has a caption down here, but the caption--let's zoom in a bit--is on a…text frame that's filled with a color that's partially transparent.…
If I look at the Effects panel, you can see that the Fill of this frame is 75%,…and it is filled with black.…So if we just exported the picture, we're not going to get that special effect.…And we could put the caption here in white. We could do that with…CSS, but it wouldn't show up as nicely, because it's not against a darker…background. That's why the designer did that in the first place.…Now if you're doing special effects in Photoshop like here, I've opened up one…of the images and I've sort of imitated what Nigel did there by putting a black…
- Comparing fixed-layout and flowing EPUBs
- Replacing placeholders in the fixed-layout template
- Extracting content from PDFs with Adobe Acrobat Pro and Reader
- Using free scripts to streamline fixed-layout production
- Extracting text and its formatting from InDesign layouts
- Exporting InDesign layouts to single-page HTML files
- Adding viewport and orientation instructions
- Embedding your own fonts
- Creating faux text wraps around background images
- Validating the EPUB
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: What's new in the 11/12/2013 course update?
A: Since this title was first recorded, many commercial third-party solutions have come to the marketplace that help InDesign users convert their print layouts to the fixed-layout EPUB format. We added a video about one of these, Rorohiko's ePubCrawler, to the "Starting with InDesign" chapter.
Q: This course was updated on 7/03/2014. What changed?
A: The author added and revised movies to reflect the June 2014 updates to InDesign's EPUB handling features, including fixed-layout support and EPUB exporting options.