How to Create a Basic Animation in Adobe InDesign

InDesign allows you to create basic animations for output to digital PDF or HTML formats without using separate software.

This feature works similarly in InDesign CS5, CS6, and CC versions.

  1. Using the Selection Tool, choose the object to be animated. Go to the Window menu, scroll to Interactive, and select Animation.
    Animation in Window Menu

  2. In the Animation Panel, select the animation from the Preset menu.
    Preset Menu in Animation Panel

  3. Set the Duration, Play, and Speed options.
    Settings in Animation Panel

  4. Expand the Properties section, if necessary, for additional options such as Rotate, Scale, and Opacity. (These options will vary depending on the animation preset you choose.)
    Properties in Animation Panel

  5. To preview the animation, click the Preview button at the lower left corner. (In InDesign CC, this will preview as EPUB. Previous versions preview as SWF.)
    Preview Button in Animation Panel

  6. In the EPUB Interactivity Preview Panel, click the Play button.
    EPUB Interactivity Preview Panel

  7. To preview the animation for PDF, go to the Window menu, scroll down to Interactive, and choose SWF Preview.
    SWF Preview in Window Menu

  8. The SWF Preview Panel is similar to the EPUB Interactivity Preview Panel.
    SWF Preview Panel
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