Join Bob Levine for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating content for basic MSOs, part of InDesign: Multistate Objects.
- For those of you with access to the exercise files I've opened a file in chapter two, 02-01 called creating content.indd. Now if you don't have access to the exercise files that's okay. You can work along with your own content. Multistate objects can range from the most basic of slide shows up to very complex layouts containing text, images, and interactive content. There are however certain techniques you'll be using with almost every one of them.
Let's go through some of those simple steps that we'll be using. I've got a file open here, and there's just five images sitting here. One thing that I want to do is I want to make sure they're all in the same place. So I'm going to select them all. I'm going to come up to my Window menu. Go up to the Object & Layout menu and click on Align to open up the Align panel. And that's going to give me all the alignment tools that I need to get these lined up nicely. So I'm just going to click on the Align Left and I'll click on the Align Top and that's going to get them all pretty much lined up where I need them to be.
And I'm going to be using this Align panel quite a bit. What I'm going to do right now is maybe tuck this in here for future use and I'm even going to come up to my workspace. I'm going to say New Workspace, call it bob's mso workspace. And that's the same name I gave it before. I'm going to say OK, and I do want to replace that. So I'll have that Align panel for use in all of the future exercises that we'll be doing here.
So I've got everything aligned and now I'm going to pull out my Object States panel. You can see I've got a little sentence of text in here and it says, Click the new button to make each object a separate state. And that's exactly what I want to do. All right, so I've got this button down at the bottom here and that's the one that says Convert selection to multi-state object. So I'm just going to click on that and sure enough I've got a real quick looking slide show. I can click on these so you can see those various pictures.
Go back to State 1, and that's it. Congratulations, you've just created your first MSO. And as you'll see in the upcoming lessons by keeping these simple steps in mind, even the most complex MSOs will be fairly straightforward to construct.
- Working with the Object States panel
- Creating content for basic multistate objects (MSOs)
- Using layers and pages to create MSOs
- Adding and removing states
- Adding content
- Adding objects as states
- Controlling MSOs with buttons
- Using MSOs for interactive content
- Nesting MSOs