With InDesign’s animation panel you can make objects move, change size, position, or visibility. And your animations can be viewed in EPUB and Publish Online documents. In this video, Mike demonstrates and explains all of the controls in the Animation panel, and shows how to make buttons to control animations.
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- [Instructor] With InDesign's Animation panel, you can make objects move, change size, position or visibility and your animations can be viewed in EPUB and Publish Online documents. So let's check it out. I'll start by opening the Animation panel. It's this one here with three dots as its icon. And I'll select the text frame in our exercise file with the artist name and the little ornament on it. This icon with the three circles, same as the Animation panel, tells me that an animation has been applied to this frame.
In the panel, I can see that this animation has been named artist and it uses the preset fade in and if I move my cursor over the butterfly logo, I can see a preview of the fade in effect. In the Preset menu, I have a list of all the animation presets that InDesign offers and there's also a choice None at the top that I can choose to remove an animation or clicking the trash can at the bottom of the panel accomplishes the same thing. Next, we have the event or events that will trigger the animation.
Note that without an event to trigger it, an animation won't play and there are five events that can trigger an animation, On Page Load when the page is loaded into the window, On Page Click when the user clicks anywhere on the page, On Click Self when the user clicks on the object itself, On Roll Over Self when the user moves a cursor over the object, and On Button Event, which is currently grayed out because I don't have a button triggering this animation. I can create a button trigger using the control just to the right of the Event menu in the Animation panel.
So let's try that out. Below the author's name, I have a simple InDesign frame right here in my layout that'll convert to a button. So with the animation selected, I'll click Create Button Trigger and my cursor changes to a target and I can just click on the frame in the layout to make it a button trigger for the animation. The Buttons and Forms panel opens up so I can check and customize any of the settings. I should give it a descriptive name. So I'll change this to Show Artist.
And I can see that On Release or Tap the animation Artist will play and if I check the Options menu, I can see the other things a button can do with an animation. It can stop it, it can pause it, it can reverse it, it can play it in reverse, or it can stop all animations. Another thing that's key to understand about events is that you can have more than one event trigger an animation and this can trip you up if you're not paying close attention.
If I go back to the Animation panel and select my animation, I can see that the fade in of the artist name will be triggered by both the page loading and the release or tap of the button. To remove the page load event, I just have to select it again from the menu and now the only event that will trigger the artist name to fade in is the button. So let's preview it. I'll open the EPUB Interactivity Preview panel by clicking the button at the bottom of the Animation panel. I'll click to play the preview and then click the button and the artist name fades in.
Now let's close the Preview panel and look at some of the other controls in the Animation panel. Duration is how long the animation takes from start to finish. I can use the play settings to set a specific number of times an animation will play or I can have the animation loop to play continuously over and over. Speed actually means the change in speed, which is also sometimes called easing. Many of the animation presets have easing built into them, which you can turn off here by choosing None or you can have an animation ease in to make it go slower at the start, ease out to go slow at the end or both.
In the Properties section, the first choice is Animate and there are three options here, From Current Appearance, To Current Appearance, and To Current Location and these can be a little tricky so let's go over them. From Current Appearance means to use the object's current appearance at the start of the animation. To Current Appearance means to use the object's current appearance at the end of the animation. So this is the reverse of From Current Appearance. And To Current Location tells InDesign to use the object's current appearance as the starting point and its current location as the end point of the animation.
Let's take a look at each of these options so you can see what it is I'm talking about. On the next page of the document, I have three black squares. Each one has been animated with the preset Move and Scale, Move Left and Grow. And the animations will all happen on page click. Now, this top square is set to animate from current appearance and it has this green arrow called the motion path telling me where it's set to go. So this frame is gonna start here and move to the left and maybe you can see that tiny arrowhead there pointing to the left.
The second square is set to animate to current appearance. Notice the motion path is in the same place, but now the arrowhead points to the right, right in the middle of the object. So it's gonna start on the left and move to where it is right now. The third square is set to animate to current location. Now the motion path is on the other side of the square and the arrow is pointing to the left. So the square's gonna move left, but now it's gonna start out over here and end in its current location.
I'll press the button to open the EPUB Interactivity Preview panel and preview the second page. I'll click to start the preview and we have from current appearance, to current appearance and to current location. Those options are the trickiest ones to master. So if you can understand them, the rest of the controls for animations are pretty straightforward. You can apply a rotation to make an object turn, you can also change its scale and you can set a point of origin for those changes with the proxy points right here.
You can also use the Opacity menu to make an object fade in or fade out. And finally, the visibility settings will let you hide an object before and after the animation plays. At the bottom of the panel, there's the button to open the EPUB Interactivity Preview panel and then next to that there's a control for showing the animation proxy, which is a gray preview at the opposite end of an animation. So if I select my three rectangles one at a time and show the animation proxy, I can see that the top one is gonna start out here and grow and move to the left, the middle one is gonna start big on the left and shrink and move to the right, and the bottom one is gonna start out small on the right and move to the left, but notice there's no proxy on the other end that can show me the change in size.
I also have a button at the bottom of the Animation panel to open the Timing panel and here I can see and change the sequence and timing of animations and I cover the details of using the Timing panel in another movie. And finally, I have a control for converting a regular path into a motion path right here. To see what that does, I'll delete the bottom two squares and I'll select the top one and click on the trash can to remove its animation. Then I'll take my pen tool and click a few times on the page to draw a zigzag path.
I'll select both the square and the path and then click on the button to convert it to a motion path. I'll increase the duration of this animation to five seconds to slow things down a bit and I'll preview. And the square moves along the path that I just drew. So that concludes our tour of the Animation panel. You can create some really fun and interesting effects with it. Just remember that the animations you can create with this panel will work in EPUB and Publish Online, but not in interactive PDF and if you want to get some in-depth instruction on really cool animation effects you can create, definitely check out Diane Burns course Creating Animations with Adobe InDesign CC.
- Overview of interactive document types, including PDF and EPUB
- Creating interactive objects
- Setting up hyperlinks, cross-references, and a table of contents
- Working with media
- Publishing documents with Publish Online
- Creating EPUBs
- Following workflows for interactivity: interactive PDF, reflowable EPUB, and fixed-layout EPUB