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Learn how to create interactive rollover buttons in Adobe InDesign

Updated: Jun 23



In this Adobe InDesign tutorial, you will learn how to create interactive buttons with a rollover effect, but also using the Show/Hide Buttons and Forms options.

This is a great technique to use when designing an interactive company brochure, for example. In this tutorial, I will show you how to set up a page and apply rollover buttons to a "Meet the Leaders" menu as well as use rollover buttons to indicator buttons to have information appear in an animation.

Let's get started!

The first step is importing the three profile images and bios underneath at the top of the page, as you can see in the example in this lesson.

Next, let's start making the buttons and adding the rollover effect using the Show/Hide Buttons and Forms panel.


Show/Hide Buttons and Forms

  1. Click on the first image and in the Buttons and Forms panel, select Button under Type.

  2. Change the name of the button to Profile Image 1.

  3. Repeat Steps 1-2 for the other two images, but instead, name the buttons Profile Image 2 and Profile Image 3, respectively.

  4. With the Selection Tool, click on the first information text frame and in the Buttons and Forms panel, turn that into a Button.

  5. Change the name of the button to Profile Information - 1

  6. Repeat Steps 4-5 for the other two information text frames, but instead, name the buttons Profile Information - 2 and Profile Information - 3, respectively.


Now that you've set button actions to the three images and text frames, it's time to use the Show/Hide Buttons and Forms action.

Here are the next steps:

  1. Click on the first profile image and click the + sign next to the Actions field and select Show/Hide Buttons and Forms.

  2. In the Visibility Field, there will be three settings: Show, Hide or Ignore.

  3. Show Profile Information - 1, but Hide Profile Information - 2 and Profile Information - 3, respectively.

  4. Under the Appearance options, click on Rollover once to add it to the selection. Now, you have set a Normal state and a Rollover state to the first image, but you will need to add a setting to one of them to distinguish the two.

  5. Click on Normal so it is highlighted and with your Selection Tool, double-click on the image until the dashed border turns into a solid one.

  6. Go to Properties and in the Opacity slider, turn it down to 70%. This will create an effect that will go from 70% opacity to 100% on roll over.

  7. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 to Profile Image 2 and Profile Image 3, respectively.

  8. As a final step, click on Profile Information - 1 text frame and in the Buttons and Forms panel, select Hidden Until Triggered. This will hide the text frame and will only appear when you roll over Profile Image 1.

  9. Repeat Step 8 to Profile Information - 2 and Profile Information - 3.


Great! I know that was a lot to consume and it can get a little complicated. But renaming the buttons will make everything that much easier.

Following the steps in this tutorial will give you an interactive layout like this:



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