Interactive Adobe InDesign CC
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Interactive Adobe InDesign CC

A tour of all the amazing interactive elements you can add to your documents with Adobe InDesign CC
4.5 (7 ratings)
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43 students enrolled
Created by Mark Gatter
Last updated 12/2018
English [Auto-generated]
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 8 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • These videos cover the use of all the interactive elements available to users of Adobe InDesign CC. Some you can export as a PDF, and some via other methods.
  • The course assumes you already know the basics of layout creation in Adobe InDesign CC.

Hyperlinks, buttons, an interactive table of contents, bookmarks, adding video, animation, slideshows and more – whatever kind of interactive element you want to add to your InDesign documents, this course will tell you how to do it. Want to make an interactive PDF form? Here's how – and the only thing you'll need Adobe Acrobat for is to see the end result. You'll be amazed at just how easy it all is.

Who this course is for:
  • The course is mainly aimed at people who want to put materials they've created in Adobe InDesign CC online so that viewers can interact with them.
Course content
Expand all 23 lectures 01:38:38
+ Introduction
1 lecture 01:34

This short video tells you all about what we'll cover in the course: hyperlinks, buttons, an interactive table of contents, slideshows, adding video, animation, interactive PDF forms, page transitions, email links, bookmarks and more. It's very cool stuff.

Preview 01:34
+ Adding Hyperlinks
2 lectures 09:08

This video gets you started with the three 'basic' types of hyperlink: Page Links, Text Anchors, and links to URLs.

Preview 04:11

This second video completes the Hyperlinks section. You'll now know all about hyperlink destinations, and how to fine-tune your hyperlink settings so they look how you want, and do what you want.

Preview 04:57
+ Interactive Buttons
4 lectures 16:38

This video shows the creation of the first button with three interactive states: normal, rollover and click.

Interactive Buttons, 1

Three more buttons are made, based on the first, and the colours and text are finalised for all of them.

Interactive Buttons, 2

Next is to add the events, which in turn trigger behaviours. We also create destinations for two of the buttons.

Interactive Buttons, 3

Last is to give everything a final check and then make a PDF to see if it all works.

Interactive Buttons, 4
+ An Interactive Table of Contents
4 lectures 18:37

This video covers the creation of four separate InDesign documents complete with automatic page numbering, and then combining into a single document using the 'book' feature.

Table of Contents, 1

This video takes a closer look at the Book window and how to use it, and generate the Table of Contents across all four documents.

Table of Contents, 2

Here we fine-tune the appearance of the Table of Contents and give it a preliminary test drive.

Table of Contents, 3

Finally, adding a hyperlink to the master pages to ensure an easy way back to the Table of Contents from anywhere in the document.

Table of Contents, 4
+ Creating an Interactive Slideshow
2 lectures 10:32

This video shows how five images are cropped to the desired view and size in Adobe Photoshop and then imported simultaneously into a grid in Adobe InDesign CC.

Slideshow, 1

Buttons to control the slideshow are added from the Buttons and Forms library and the result is exported using Publish Online.

Slideshow, 2
+ Adding Video
3 lectures 12:21

In this video we'll import a video and add a 'poster image', then begin setting up the buttons we'll need to control it.

Adding Video, 1

Here we'll complete collecting the buttons we need and begin assigning behaviours to them. This means first deleting the behaviours that are already there!

Adding Video, 2

We'll also add a 'skin', a set of video controls with a rollover event – which is an alternative option to using buttons – before test driving the PDF to see if everything works.

Adding Video, 3
+ Animation
2 lectures 08:37

One of the limitations encountered when animating InDesign elements is that you can only apply a single animation event to each object. However...these videos appear to show a butterfly flying in, landing, and then flying out again. Or do they?

Animation, 1

You can export animations as Flash, ePub, or Publish Online. But you can't export them as PDFs. Oh well – Publish Online is a pretty good alternative!

Animation, 2
+ Email Links, Page Transitions and Bookmarks
2 lectures 07:40

These videos show you how to add an 'email link' (i.e. a link that allows them to send you an email), 'page transitions', so that you can choose a variety of transitions between the pages of your PDF, and Bookmarks – a really easy way to create an interactive Table of Contents for your document that appears in a sidebar in Adobe Acrobat rather than on one of your document pages.

Email Links, Page Transitions and Bookmarks, 1

In this video we complete the assembly and test drive the result in Adobe Acrobat.

Email Links, Page Transitions and Bookmarks, 2
+ Interactive PDF Forms
3 lectures 13:31

There are lots of different form elements available from the Buttons and Forms library. You can use them as-is, edit them to fit your needs, or even create your own.

Interactive PDF Forms, 1

This video shows you how to edit form elements in more detail and also points to potential problems in the end result.

Interactive PDF Forms, 2

In this video we complete elements such as the 'submit' button, and test drive the result so you can see how things will look as a PDF.

Interactive PDF Forms, 3