Interactive PDFs with Adobe InDesign: No-Code Digital

You can dive into digital publishing or mock up a UX design by creating a PDF that includes interactive elements.

About this course

InDesign is the industry standard for print publishing, but did you know that you can use it for digital materials, too? Exporting to Interactive PDF format is one of the easiest ways to get working in the digital world. Explore the foundations of common interactive elements, like buttons and hyperlinks, and see how to add video content.

Interactive PDFs with Adobe InDesign is made up of several lessons from my larger course, Create Your Own iPad & Android Publications, which covers other topics, including design principles, Adobe DPS, and eBooks. Interactive PDFs with Adobe InDesign is for you if you know InDesign, and just want to get started exploring digital interactive materials.

Download templates and lesson files if you want to follow along and re-create the examples shown in the video lectures. There's also an exercise that you can do to practice your skills once you've completed the course, or work on as you watch the lectures, instead of recreating the exact examples shown.

Need to boost your InDesign skills? Check out my course, Intro to Adobe InDesign.

Who should take this course

  • Students with a strong grasp of InDesign fundamentals, who want to start exploring digital publishing.
  • Digital and UX Designers who know InDesign, and want a solution to present ideas to teams and clients during the design process.
  • Print designers who want to start building digital skills and increase their marketability.

What’s required

What’s inside

  • Over 16 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
  • Set up buttons. Create and edit appearances for each state, specify events, and add actions.
  • Create hyperlinks that take users to web URLs.
  • Add video content, specify how it will appear when not playing, and add controls for the user.
  • Add bookmarks that can be integrated into a button's action, to specify which pages users can access.
  • Manage, test, and preview changes to design and interactive elements.
  • Use InDesign to easily simulate a mobile environment on a desktop or laptop, for presentation and assessment purposes.

About Joseph Caserto, Design Professional :: Educator :: Consultant

I’m Joseph Caserto, a design professional, educator, and consultant. I have nearly 20 years of experience, as a publication art director and designer, and worked on the staffs of several national magazines before starting my own business. Since then, I’ve worked with many publications, including BusinessWeek, Marie Claire, PC, TV Guide, and Vibe. My most recent projects include helping to produce several issues of the iPad edition of Fortune, and consulting on the launch of Parents for iOS (Apple iPad) and Android (Samsung Galaxy).

I’m also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Digital Communications and Media at New York University, in the Design Digital Arts and Film Department of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and am a former Adjunct Lecturer at the City College of New York, in the Art Department’s Electronic Design and Multimedia Program. I have several online tutorials published, including Common Type Mistakes… & How to Avoid Them, Color Basics for Print Designers, and 10 InDesign Favorites, and have been a guest critic and speaker at Cooper Union, and SUNY Fredonia.

I’ve consulted with clients including FP Design, The Archdiocese of New York, and The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, to help them learn and maximize the potential of their software, and to explore graphic design principals.

I earned a BFA, with Honors, in Communications Design, from Pratt Institute, where I completed one of the first classes that explored graphic design produced with a Macintosh. I’m a member of AIGA, Freelancers Union, where I was elected to the board in June 2011, The Graphic Artists Guild, and The Society of Publication Designers. A lifetime resident of New York State, I’ve lived in Brooklyn since the late 1980s.

Curriculum

  • Section 1: Introduction
  • Welcome!
  • Section 2: Buttons and Bookmarks
  • Interactive Buttons in InDesign: Part I
  • Interactive Buttons in InDesign: Part II
  • Interactive Buttons in InDesign CS6
  • Adding Bookmarks
  • Section 3: Making Changes
  • Troubleshooting and Editing an Interactive PDF
  • Section 4: Linking to the Web and Adding Video
  • Hyperlinks and Media
  • CS6: Hyperlinks Media and Interactive PDF options
  • Section 5: Simulating Mobile Devices on a Desktop and Laptop
  • Bridging the Gap Between Desktop and Tablet
  • Section 6: Closing
  • Course Wrap-Up
  • Section 7: Exercise: Counting Book
  • Make a Simple Interactive Children's Book
  • Section 8: Resources
  • Template for Lectures and Exercise
  • Bonus Section: InDesign and PDF Files Shown in Lectures
  • Section 9: Bonus Content: Creating a Website
  • Interactive PDF vs. Coded Websites
  • File Setup
  • Websites for Viewing on Mobile Devices

About this course

InDesign is the industry standard for print publishing, but did you know that you can use it for digital materials, too? Exporting to Interactive PDF format is one of the easiest ways to get working in the digital world. Explore the foundations of common interactive elements, like buttons and hyperlinks, and see how to add video content.

Interactive PDFs with Adobe InDesign is made up of several lessons from my larger course, Create Your Own iPad & Android Publications, which covers other topics, including design principles, Adobe DPS, and eBooks. Interactive PDFs with Adobe InDesign is for you if you know InDesign, and just want to get started exploring digital interactive materials.

Download templates and lesson files if you want to follow along and re-create the examples shown in the video lectures. There's also an exercise that you can do to practice your skills once you've completed the course, or work on as you watch the lectures, instead of recreating the exact examples shown.

Need to boost your InDesign skills? Check out my course, Intro to Adobe InDesign.

Who should take this course

  • Students with a strong grasp of InDesign fundamentals, who want to start exploring digital publishing.
  • Digital and UX Designers who know InDesign, and want a solution to present ideas to teams and clients during the design process.
  • Print designers who want to start building digital skills and increase their marketability.

What’s required

What’s inside

  • Over 16 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
  • Set up buttons. Create and edit appearances for each state, specify events, and add actions.
  • Create hyperlinks that take users to web URLs.
  • Add video content, specify how it will appear when not playing, and add controls for the user.
  • Add bookmarks that can be integrated into a button's action, to specify which pages users can access.
  • Manage, test, and preview changes to design and interactive elements.
  • Use InDesign to easily simulate a mobile environment on a desktop or laptop, for presentation and assessment purposes.

About Joseph Caserto, Design Professional :: Educator :: Consultant

I’m Joseph Caserto, a design professional, educator, and consultant. I have nearly 20 years of experience, as a publication art director and designer, and worked on the staffs of several national magazines before starting my own business. Since then, I’ve worked with many publications, including BusinessWeek, Marie Claire, PC, TV Guide, and Vibe. My most recent projects include helping to produce several issues of the iPad edition of Fortune, and consulting on the launch of Parents for iOS (Apple iPad) and Android (Samsung Galaxy).

I’m also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Digital Communications and Media at New York University, in the Design Digital Arts and Film Department of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and am a former Adjunct Lecturer at the City College of New York, in the Art Department’s Electronic Design and Multimedia Program. I have several online tutorials published, including Common Type Mistakes… & How to Avoid Them, Color Basics for Print Designers, and 10 InDesign Favorites, and have been a guest critic and speaker at Cooper Union, and SUNY Fredonia.

I’ve consulted with clients including FP Design, The Archdiocese of New York, and The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, to help them learn and maximize the potential of their software, and to explore graphic design principals.

I earned a BFA, with Honors, in Communications Design, from Pratt Institute, where I completed one of the first classes that explored graphic design produced with a Macintosh. I’m a member of AIGA, Freelancers Union, where I was elected to the board in June 2011, The Graphic Artists Guild, and The Society of Publication Designers. A lifetime resident of New York State, I’ve lived in Brooklyn since the late 1980s.

Curriculum

  • Section 1: Introduction
  • Welcome!
  • Section 2: Buttons and Bookmarks
  • Interactive Buttons in InDesign: Part I
  • Interactive Buttons in InDesign: Part II
  • Interactive Buttons in InDesign CS6
  • Adding Bookmarks
  • Section 3: Making Changes
  • Troubleshooting and Editing an Interactive PDF
  • Section 4: Linking to the Web and Adding Video
  • Hyperlinks and Media
  • CS6: Hyperlinks Media and Interactive PDF options
  • Section 5: Simulating Mobile Devices on a Desktop and Laptop
  • Bridging the Gap Between Desktop and Tablet
  • Section 6: Closing
  • Course Wrap-Up
  • Section 7: Exercise: Counting Book
  • Make a Simple Interactive Children's Book
  • Section 8: Resources
  • Template for Lectures and Exercise
  • Bonus Section: InDesign and PDF Files Shown in Lectures
  • Section 9: Bonus Content: Creating a Website
  • Interactive PDF vs. Coded Websites
  • File Setup
  • Websites for Viewing on Mobile Devices