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Create an interactive corporate brochure in Adobe InDesign

In this tutorial, we'll go over how to create a corporate digital brochure for a fictional marketing and design company.

There are a few ways of creating a custom motion path with animation. In this tutorial, I'll use the Pen Tool to create a custom motion path, however you can also use the Line Tool or any of shape, convert it into an open path in order to set up a motion path.

Let's get started!

Convert to Motion Path

  1. Place the first image in an eclipse frame.

  2. Select the Pen Tool, create the path you want the motion to travel. For this lesson, I used three points to have a bounce effect on page load.

  3. Next, click the Selection Tool and click the path you created, hold Shift and then click the image frame.

  4. Open the Animation panel, which can be found in the Window > Interactive > Animation dropdown.

  5. With both of the objects still selected — path and image — click on the Convert to Motion Path Icon in the bottom right hand corner of the window.

  6. Set the Duration to 1 second.

  7. In the Properties dropdown section, set the Animate: To Current Location.

  8. Create two more copies of the image, which will carry over the same motion path. Replace the two images.

Place the corresponding short bio to go along with the image, as you see in this lesson. For this tutorial, I also added an additional Fade In animation to play after the three images come in on page load. Use the Timing Panel window to rank the order of how the Animation will play.

Next I will go over how to create a pop-out window that can be opened and closed. For this, you will need button icons (preferably up and down arrows).

Pop-out Window

  1. Select the Line Tool and draw a vertical line — which will become a Motion Path — starting from the bottom, going up to the length of your desire.

  2. With he vertical line selection, click on the grouped object that contains the rectangle and text frame and in the Animation panel, click on Convert to Motion Path icon.

  3. Rename this animation to Info Box - or something of your choice.

  4. Click on the text frame that says "Did you know?" and group it with an up arrow to go above (or along the side - your choice!) and create the same motion path steps explained steps 1 and 2.

  5. Rename this to Title Group and set the duration to 0.5 seconds.

  6. Double-click the up arrow with the Selection Tool

  7. Open the Buttons and Forms window (this can be found under Window > Interactive > Buttons and Forms).

  8. Convert the up button object into a Button and rename it to "Up Button". (To save yourself time, go to the down arrow at the top of the layout and also convert the object to a Button, renaming it "Down Button".

  9. The Event will be On Release or Tap.

  10. On the Up Button, click on the + icon to add an Action of Animation.

  11. Select the Animation "Info Box" and leave the Option set to Play.

  12. Click on the + icon to add a secondary Action of Animation, only this time, set the Animation to Title Group and Option set to Play.

  13. Add a third Action to this button — Show Hide Buttons and Forms.

  14. In the Visibility section, Show the Down Button and Hide the Up Button.

  15. Click the Down Button and repeat steps 9 through 14, but instead of having the Option set to Play, set it to Reverse. Also, in the Show Hide Buttons and Forms Visibility section, Show the Up Button and Hide the Down Button.

This is a lot of information to consume and it'll more than likely take you a few attempts to get it all working properly. Take your time and keep going.

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