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InDesign CC Creating Fixed-Layout eBooks

Author: Pariah Burke
Publisher: Pluralsight
Length: 5 Hours
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Join Pariah Burke as he shows you all the advantages of Fixed Layout EPUBS in InDesign. He will show you the best techniques for taking advantage of engaging elements such as animations, video, audio, and much more. Once you complete this course, you’ll have the knowledge to create the most advanced, interactive eBooks available.

Course Contents

Understanding Fixed-Layout eBooks

  • Introduction
  • Comparing PDF and Reflowable EPUB to Fixed-Layout
  • Fixed-Layout eBook Examples
  • Viewing Fixed-Layout eBooks on Your Computer

Planning a Fixed-Layout eBook

  • Choosing Page Size
  • Using Spreads or Not
  • Planning Text Layout
  • Choosing Type Size
  • Planning Image Sizes
  • Exporting to Fixed-Layout EPUB

Designing Your eBook

  • WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get)
  • A Word About Fonts
  • Setting Non-Rectangular Text
  • Wrapping Text Around Shapes
  • Adding Background Images

Incorporating Motion and Sound

  • Adding Playable Audio
  • Adding Ambient Audio and Background Music
  • Including Video
  • Fine-Tuning Videos and Video Animations
  • Linking to Online Videos
  • Using the EPUB Interactivity Preview Panel
  • Introducing Animation
  • Animating Objects
  • Fine-Tuning Animation
  • Editing Animation Motion Paths
  • Timing Multiple Animations

Getting Interactive

  • Learning Button Basics
  • Defining Button Actions and Appearances
  • Using Buttons for Navigation
  • Using Named Destinations
  • Controlling Audio with Buttons
  • Creating Multi-Function Buttons with Show/Hide
  • Adding Pop-ups with Multiple Show/Hide Actions
  • Making a Full Page Hide Button
  • Building Photo Galleries from Multi-State Objects
  • Creating a Full Screen Lightbox Slideshow

Applying Finishing Touches

  • Creating a Table of Contents
  • Using Three Kinds of TOCs
  • Building a TOC from Bookmarks
  • Setting Spread and View Options

Going Beyond InDesign

  • Why You Need to Go Beyond InDesign
  • Tools You Might Need
  • Expanding and Compressing EPUB with eCanCrusher
  • Examining the EPUB Contents
  • Overriding Orientation and View Options
  • Readying Your eBook for iBooks and Kobo
  • Readying Your eBook for Kindle
  • Readying Your eBook for NOOK

Creating Read Aloud Narration

  • Understanding Read Aloud / Read Along
  • Tagging Text to Be Read
  • Marking the Audio
  • Adding the Audio to the EPUB
  • Styling Words Being Read