Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Integrating InDesign with your Behance profile, part of InDesign CC 2014 New Features.
Another neat little enhancement in InDesign CC this time around is the Behance Integration. Now, if you're not familiar with Behance, it's a social network for designers that Adobe purchased a few years ago and it allows you to create works in progress or actual projects. And share those with the world, either for review or just as an example of your portfolio. And so if you haven't already set up your Behance account just go to behance.net and you can sign in using your Adobe ID and then start creating your profile. For more information on that, make sure to check out my Up And Running With Behance course here in the Lynda.com online training library.
But when you're inside of InDesign, you can actually go to the file menu and you can choose share on Behance when you're on a page of a given document that you're working on. And once you do that, Behance is going to automatically check to see if there's a Behance account associated with your Adobe ID. If there is, you'll see something that looks kind of like this. If not, then you'll be asked to create a new Behance profile, or link your existing account to your Adobe ID. Now in this case, it's showing me a preview of the inside spread of the menu, because I had not selected anything on this other page.
So if you don't see what you want right up here you can just click cancel, and then I can come here and I can click making sure I am focused on this page, then go back to Share on Behance. That's then going to build the same type of thing it did before, except this time it should show me the cover image, which it does, and now I can add in things like a title. So I can say, Parmigianos Menu Cover Design, and so I could tag this menu, design, I could do concept, brochure, red, etc.
Then here I could just say, here is the final version of the Parmigianos Menu design. I can select who this is visible to. Either everyone or I can make it private, making it easy for me to share this with clients, by the way, if you just want to make it private and then share a private URL. So I'll just make this visible to everyone and click Continue. What this is going to do now is it's going to upload it to Behance and it's going to tell me here that my work is live and if i want to check it out i can click right here on this link. And so that's going to take me to Behance and it's actually going to show me this work in progress that I've created.
I can ask for feedback here but i'm just going to click the X and so I can actually see what it looks like, there it is on Behance. I can add different things to it, like more revisions, anytime I make a change to it. I can also go to my profile, and then let's go to the works in progress screen, and I can actually see that this is now listed on my work in progress screen as well. Now you can also publish projects, to Behance, these are finished projects, but you'll have to do that directly on the Behance website, you can't do that from within InDesign, as of right now. Now let's go back into InDesign and let's take a look at how we would share something else.
So I'll click close, and then scroll down. Again, before as I told you, you have to actually be active on the page that you want to share. So in this case, I'll choose something in the middle spread here, then we'll just go to file, share on Behance, and once I do that it's going to load it up and it's going to create the image for me. And the image should pop up right over here on the left hand side. There it is. And so now what I can do. Is I can actually choose new work or I can say revision and I can say menu cover design. All of the same tags come in and so I can hit continue and what this is going to do is show that as a revision.
Now, I can click on this and it's going to take me back to Behance. I could actually see, once I close this, there is the inside spread to the menu and then of course there is the cover design. Right there, so I can cycle through all of these. So I can actually add all of these different pages to this. So let's go back. One more time, we'll hit Close, and scroll down. We'll do this final page here. Click on it to make sure it's active file, share on Behance, and we'll make sure that this is also a revision included in this. This is just an easy way of getting pagination into this, and so there we go.
We'll do Parmigiano's menu, and click continue. And so once this is uploaded it will be live. I'll click here to view it. And so now we have all of the different aspects of our menu placed in a work in progress on our Behance profile making it easy for us to share this with clients or fellow designers to get feedback on how we can better improve our designs. And that's what Behance is all about. So, check it out if you haven't already started your Behance profile, I highly recommend that you do so. And then, as you're working in InDesign or in other applications like Illustrator, for instance, share your work.
Get some feedback and I think you'll be really pleased with the sense of community and constructive criticism that you receive.
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 10/06/2014. What changed?
A: We added a new chapter covering the October 2014 changes to InDesign CC, which includes the new Color Theme panel and EPUB interactivity previews.
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