How to Make Animations in Adobe InDesign?

The charm of animation has always attracted me, just like many others whom I know. No doubt, we all like watching a good animation every now and then. And the idea of a moving cartoon around the screen is still a source of great pleasure for all of us. The Adobe InDesign offers some great presets to create a good animation. Further, in this article, you will learn how to create animation in Adobe InDesign.

Creating good animations is as fun as watching them.

There are a number of design parameters that allow the user to create a good animation. There are objects, path settings, and timers to help you execute the animation. It allows you to create new documents with all the animation you need. There are several effects and objects to play around. It is part of the fun of creating an animation.

how to make animation with InDesign

These files are created with an extension of .indd which resembles its parent tool, InDesign. Many a time the transferring of animated document, execution of animation in a corrupt tool/computer, using the .indd file in the incompatible tool may corrupt the files or drive. This leads to the deletion or loss of these files. When a situation arises, you must be equipped with the solution to recover deleted and lost .indd files. Here are some of the important points to guide you through the process of animation:

Create Animation File

To create a new form for the animation, you need to open a fresh document. To open a new document in InDesign;

Launch the tool

Go to File > New and then select Document

Select The Web from the drop down menu as intent

Set the size of the page and click ‘OK

Open the Document and go to Application menu bar > From the Switch Button Select ‘Digital Publishing’.

Move Your Objects

There are several motions presets in the tool that are default settings for the movement of objects in the form. This panel provides with a number of options for the animation. It allows you to change the opacity, size and other properties of animated objects.

To use this function, Go to Windows > Interactive

Click Animation to open the animation menu.

Use the selection tool to choose the object for animation.

Define the Name of the object in the Animation panel.

Select a motion from the Preset Dropdown – This will allow you to apply preset motions to the object.

An event window appears on the interface which has some options like duration, playtime, speed etc. make desired changes to the default settings like ‘on page load’, animation time etc.

Click Preview and watch the animation.

Select the Motion path that is displayed on the object and define it using the selection tool. You can adjust all the motion path with the use of this selection tool.

Change the duration from default.

Making animation with the help of these presets is easy in the Adobe InDesign. There are a number of functions you can browse through the wide menu. Most of the animations have an object and a predefined motion path. This predefined motion path has a defined motion which collectively makes a basic animation.

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