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InDesign CS4: Interactive Documents and Presentations

Course Summary

 Shows print designers how to use InDesign, in conjunction with Acrobat and Flash Professional, to lay out and design a wide range of digital documents.       

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    Course Syllabus

       Using the exercise files
    1. Trends in Digital Publishing
       From print to web
       From web to print
       Print plus digital: Newspapers
       Print plus digital: Magazines
       Digital print replicas
       User-generated content
       Self-publishing: Print
       Self-publishing: Digital
       Digital catalogs
       Digital magazines: iGIZMO and iMOTOR
       Digital magazines: VIVmag
       Digital magazines: FLYP
       Digital portfolios: Studio Q
    2. Setting Up InDesign for Designing Digital Documents
       Customizing the workspace
       Working in pixels
       Other helpful preference changes to make
       Creating an RGB color palette
    3. Creating a Slide Presentation
       What we're going to build
       Choosing a document size
       Adding layers to stay organized
       Creating a title slide master page
       Adding placeholder text
       Creating auto page numbers
       Adding placeholder slide navigation buttons
       Creating a content slide master page
       Creating paragraph styles
       Overriding master page items
       Duplicating and moving pages
       Redefining a paragraph style
       Creating navigation buttons
       Customizing the buttons for the first and last slide
       Applying page transitions
       Adding hyperlinks
       Testing hyperlinks before exporting
       Exporting to PDF
    4. Advanced PDF Presentations
       Setting initial view options with Acrobat Professional
       Adding a button to enter Full Screen mode
       Adding a tool tip to a button in Acrobat Professional
       Creating bookmarks in InDesign
       Making a button to go to a specific page in a PDF
       Creating "remote rollovers" with Show/Hide Button
    5. Creative Effects for Presentations
       Adding a drop shadow
       Creating a reflection effect for placed images
       Creating the sense of a timeline with page transitions
    6. Creating an Interactive Mood Board
       What we're going to build
       Using Proportional Place to scale images while placing them
       Placing multiple files as a grid of images
       Adding the URL hyperlink
       Assigning actions to the navigation buttons
       Using groups to create different button state appearances
       Creating a button that hides itself when clicked
       Toggling the visibility of multiple objects with one button
       Creating buttons to hide and show strokes
       Creating buttons to hide and show color values
       Adding the Interactive Page Curl option for Flash (SWF) Export
    7. Creating a Digital Portfolio
       What we're going to build
       Starting a document with a double page spread
       Creating the illusion of a book with a cover
       Adding the spiral-bound image to the edges
       Adding the illusion of a gap between the open pages
       Creating a clipped button to close the book
       Applying a subtle drop shadow Object Style
    8. Creating a Digital Magazine with InDesign and Flash
       Exporting a SWF prototype for a Flash developer
       Handing off the InDesign layout by exporting to XFL
       Opening the XFL file in Flash CS4 Professional
       Adding a stop action to the first frame
       Animating the masthead with a Motion Preset
       Testing the animation and preventing it from looping
       Creating an invisible button to go to another page
       Creating a button to return to the first page
       Creating the remaining buttons
       Adding a video to the digital magazine
       Exploring the final "developer" version of the digital magazine
    9. InDesign to Flash Production Tips
       The Combine Textfields extension
       Avoid ligatures if you want to edit text later in Flash
       Using JPEG pass-through for better image quality

Course Fee:
USD 25

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5 - 6 hours / week

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