Quickly learn how to make and change object states with Adobe InDesign, and create maximum-impact dynamic presentations.

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1. Download practice files and open "DynamicPresentation_final.indd" in InDesign. Open the Layers and Object States window and dock the two windows on the left of  your panel group (Window > Layers and Window > Interactive > Object States). The project contains: a starting page, a content page with bottom menu and a closing page.

2. Click on page 2 to get the object states embedded on this page displayed in the Object States window. Click through the states to view the different states of the page. Close the document when you are done.

 

Tip: On the Layers window expand the object states layer, then the states object layer. When clicking through object states you will notice that the states layer content will change accordingly.

3. Now open the "DynamicPresentation_start.indd" in InDesign. The document contains the same three pages: start and closing page – but page 2 is now empty. For your ease you will find four copy template pages below the closing page. We will use these templates to create the object stages of page 2 and delete them afterwards.

4. Click on the Selection Tool on the toolbar and draw a rectangle around the content of page 4 , then press CTRL/Command + C to copy it.

5. Click on page 2 and press CTRL/Command + V to paste the content. This will be the first state of page 2.

6. With the grouped content of page 2 selected click on the four vertical lines on the Object States window, from the context menu chose New State.

7. Rename the new state object to states. You will notice, that InDesign has created already a second object state and named it 01 URBAN 2.

8. Go to page 5, copy the page content, then right-click the object state 01 URBAN 2 on page 2 and select Paste into “01 URBAN 2”. Finally rename 01 URBAN 2 to 02 RESIDENTIAL.

9. Go to page 6, copy the page content. Go back to page 2 and click on the four vertical lines on the Object States window, select New State, then right-click the state copy and select Paste into “02 RESIDENTIAL copy”. Rename the state to 03 MIXED USE.

10. Repeat this step also for the last screen state 04 PARKS. You should now have all four screen states embedded into page 2. You can delete page 4 to 7 as we no longer will need them.

Add Navigation

11. In order to allow navigation through the object states we just created we will need some buttons and define an action for each button when it is clicked. For your ease we already have created and placed four rectangles (with no Fill or Stroke Color) on the menu items of page 2 and converted them into button objects (Object > Interactive > Convert to Button).

12. Open the Buttons and Forms window (Window > Interactive > Buttons and Forms) and dock it on the left of your panel windows.

13. On the Layers window expand the menu buttons layer and select button 01 by clicking the small square on the right of the button name.

14. With button 01 selected click the + button next to Actions: on the Buttons and Forms window. From the context menu chose the Go To State action.

15. Because we have one states object only in our document it was automatically selected under Object. Click on the State dropdown menu and select the state you want to go to when button 01 is pressed by a user.

16. Repeat step 14 and 15 for the remaining buttons.

17. To add even more comfort to your page we will add navigation arrows on the top left and right of page 2. For your ease we already have created and placed two navigation arrows.

18. On the Layers window expand the navigation arrows layer and select arrow right by clicking the small square on the right of the layer name.

19. With arrow right selected click the + button next to Actions: on the Buttons and Forms window. From the context menu chose the Go To Next State action. As this action will cycle trough the states you don't get a state to select. If you want to stop the Go Next action once state 04 was reached check the Stop at Last State checkbox.

20. Repeat these steps for arrow left, but this time chose the Go To Previous State action.

21. You are now ready to publish your document by clicking on the Publish Online button.

22. Enter a title and press Publish. You can now review your document online, share a link to this document or share it on Facebook, Twitter or by email.

That's it! Now it's your turn to make object states in 60 seconds with InDesign. Download the assets or use your own and share your image on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #MadewithInDesign to get feedback and connect with other creative minds.

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10/04/2019
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