What is the course about?
This course allows you to build on your existing InDesign experience and explore Adobe InDesign’s interactive features for digital media. This is useful for presentations, pdf forms, online portfolios, eBooks, and exporting to html and SWF files. On this course you will explore the advantages, limitations and challenges of designing for digital media.
What will we cover?
- Overview of Adobe InDesign’s Interactive features
- Creating, navigation and controller buttons
- Navigation using Hyperlinks to: web pages, documents and specific points in text
- Setting up Presentation style documents and adding Interactivity to existing documents
- Creating ‘slide shows’
- Adding media – sound, video and controllers
- Designing for different digital formats
- Looking at Liquid and Alternate layouts for scaling documents for different devices/screen sizes
- Set up Tables of Contents, Cross references and their uses
- Setting structure to convert book files for eBooks
- Creating PDF forms – accessibility, defining structure and setting tab order
- Exporting interactive PDFs choosing security and compression settings
- Preparing files for export to different digital media type.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Integrate interactive feature into existing documents
- Create a PDF forms with fields to complete and buttons to print, submit and clear
- Use the Object states panel to set up a slide show
- Create Hyperlinks and buttons for navigation
- Identify the main uses for interactive features in different types of output
- Set up structure and tab order for accessibility to export a PDF
- Prepare interactive InDesign files to export to different digital formats.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need to have some previous InDesign experience and to have covered the outcomes included in City Lit’s InDesign stage 1 course. Please check the full InDesign Stage 1 course outline online if you are unsure.
You are also expected to be a proficient computer user and able to use the mouse and keyboard to save and retrieve files and use drop down menus on an Apple Mac.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with short lectures, demonstrations with practical exercises and handouts and will be supported by the tutor and your peers when developing your course-work. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged.
There will be homework set each week to develop your skills, but this is not obligatory.
Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts, Graphics & Illustration and Photography.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The latest professional equipment and software are available for your use throughout the course.
It would be useful to bring a note book, a pen and a memory stick – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a range of courses in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign to enhance your Design practice.