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How To Add Interactive Page Transitions In Adobe InDesign CC

Daniel Walter Scott || VIDEO: 33 of 71




Hi there, in this video we're going to look at how to do Page Transitions. So when I click on this, and use my arrow keys, it pushes to the next page, click again, moves to the next page. So I'm using pushes there. This one here, another push, then, oh! Comb, you're not allowed to use Comb, and you're not allowed to use Blinds. Let's have a little look at how to do Page Transitions in InDesign.

So the first thing we need to do with Page Transitions, I guess, one of the cons is that the PDF has to open in full screen for this to work. So, doesn't work for everything. Works really good if you're replacing this-- if you're using interactive PDFs for replacing in PowerPoint presentation because that will be used in full screen. You can force it to go into full screen and you can do all your fun Page Transitions.

So to do it, let's first of all switch out. At the moment we're on 'Essentials'. We're going to switch to 'Digital Publishing', actually, let's use 'Interactive for PDF'. What it does is kind of rejects your workspace just to show you the things you can do in interactive PDFs. And the main one here is Page Transitions. So what I'd like to do is-- be on the page that you want to do the transition to. So we're going to be on page 2, and it's kind of weird, this page, how to get to this page? So I would like it from page 1 to page 2, to maybe push down. So I'm going to go to Page Transitions, I'm going to say, I'd like you to push down and what you'll notice is, in your Pages panel can you see this icon up here? That means that this particular page has a transition. This particular page, on page 3 I want to get to this one by going to push, let's go 'Push Left', to see the difference. Jump to the next page, and you can go through and play with them. You are banned from using Comb. You can see, little icons there. Not for any reason other than that Comb. 'Dissolve' works. Some do work, this doesn't. That kind of 3D page turn thing. That only works out of Flash SWF files, and they're just a format you can't use anymore. Fortunately you can use the rest of them except for Page Turn and Comb, because I don't like it. The main ones would be Dissolve, Fade, and Push.

So we'll use Dissolve here, let's see what they look like. So let's go and preview it. Like I said at the beginning, the Page Transitions have-- it has to be at full screen, so let's go 'File', and let's go to 'Export'. Let's have a little look. It's going to be called Catalog still, I'm going to replace the old one. If you've still got it open, like I do, in Acrobat-- I'm going to close this one down. So I'm going to replace it. This is the option you can do. You can say, when this PDF is open, go to full screen. This can be useful, say you're sending it out to your boss, or your colleagues to use as a PowerPoint presentation, to replace it when they double click it, it will open up in full screen, and the Transitions will work. Then it's hard work.

So let's click 'Export', 'Oversee Text', I'm okay with that. It will load, it's going to say, I'm trying to load in full screen, I'm going to say, yes, it's okay. Cool. So I've got my first page here, and you can use your keys, your arrow keys, or just click once with the mouse, and it will move down. So 'Push Down' is not what I wanted. It's kind of, I think I want to 'Push Up'. Let's click on this one, 'Push Left'. That's kind of what I wanted. I want to push over that way, next one's Dissolve. That's almost terrible, you want Fade, not Dissolve, a bit blocky. So that's how to add Page Transitions but remember, it only goes out to breaking PDF. So it doesn't work for Publish Online, and it doesn't work for ePub, but it has to be in full screen. So yes, great for presentations. All right, let's jump to the next video.