Interactive PDFs with Adobe InDesign: No-Code Digital
What you'll learn
- Set up buttons. Create and edit appearances for each state, specify events, and add actions.
- Create hyperlinks that take users to web URLs.
- Add video content, specify how it will appear when not playing, and add controls for the user.
- Add bookmarks that can be integrated into a button's action, to specify which pages users can access.
- Manage, test, and preview changes to design and interactive elements.
- Use InDesign to easily simulate a mobile environment on a desktop or laptop, for presentation and assessment purposes.
- Students need to know the essentials of Adobe InDesign.
- Adobe InDesign. Free trial at https://creative.adobe.com/products/indesign
- Adobe Reader. Free download at http://get.adobe.com/reader/
InDesign is the industry standard for print publishing, but did you know that you can use it for digital materials, too? Exporting to Interactive PDF format is one of the easiest ways to get working in the digital world. Explore the foundations of common interactive elements, like buttons and hyperlinks, and see how to add video content.
Interactive PDFs with Adobe InDesign is made up of several lessons from my larger course, Create Your Own iPad & Android Publications, which covers other topics, including design principles, Adobe DPS, and eBooks. Interactive PDFs with Adobe InDesign is for you if you know InDesign, and just want to get started exploring digital interactive materials.
Download templates and lesson files if you want to follow along and re-create the examples shown in the video lectures. There's also an exercise that you can do to practice your skills once you've completed the course, or work on as you watch the lectures, instead of recreating the exact examples shown.
Need to boost your InDesign skills? Check out my course, Intro to Adobe InDesign.
Who this course is for:
- Students with a strong grasp of InDesign fundamentals, who want to start exploring digital publishing.
- Digital and UX Designers who know InDesign, and want a solution to present ideas to teams and clients during the design process.
- Print designers who want to start building digital skills and increase their marketability.
I'm Joseph Caserto, a design professional, educator, and consultant. I have over 30 years of experience as a publication art director and designer and worked on the staff of several national magazines before starting my own business. Since then, I've worked with many publications, including BusinessWeek, Marie Claire, PC, TV Guide, and Vibe. My projects have included helping to produce several issues of the iPad edition of Fortune, and consulting on the launch of Parents for iOS (Apple iPad) and Android (Samsung Galaxy).
I'm also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Digital Communications and Media, at New York University, School of Professional Studies, and an Adjunct Instructor at Pace University in the Masters in Publishing program. Formerly, I was an Adjunct Lecturer at the City College of New York, in the Art Department's Electronic Design and Multimedia Program. I have several online tutorials published and have been a guest critic and speaker at Cooper Union, and SUNY Fredonia.
I've consulted with clients including FP Design, The Archdiocese of New York, and The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York to help them learn and maximize the potential of their software, and to explore graphic design principles.
I earned a BFA, with Honors, in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute, where I completed one of the first classes that explored graphic design produced with a Macintosh. I'm a member of AIGA, Freelancers Union, the Graphic Artists Guild, and The Society of Publication Designers. A lifetime resident of New York State, I've lived in Brooklyn since the late 1980s.