Animating Deadpool: from Sketch to Animatic to Publish Online

DpoolThis week I had the pleasure of visiting Leeds to do a one-man creativity and content velocity gig where we looked at how fast Creative Cloud makes it to produce great content, and also encouraged CC users to make a bit more of the apps they have access to as complete members but maybe don’t visit as often. On the train to Leeds I did a quick cartoon of Deadpool in my sketchbook (so I could use Capture to turn it into a shape) that I thought would be fun to animate in Animate CC, as Alex Fleisig and Joseph Labrecque did for a tutorial on adobe.com recently—you should be able to access the tutorial via the welcome screen in Animate CC or go direct: http://adobe.ly/1U7RKXs. My version was fairly simple at the time as I had a lot of ground to cover but thought that we could explore this in a little more detail in this post, look at a different method for animation and finally add the animatic to an InDesign Publish Online project.

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Using a Transparent background for the .oam file in EPUB and Publish Online

The .oam files out of Animate CC have a background by default and until there’s an option for background transparency you’ll need to add a couple of lines of code to the first frame of your timeline as an action (you can copy these and paste them in, if you like):
canvas.style.backgroundColor="rgba(0,0,0,0)";
document.body.style.backgroundColor = "rgba(0,0,0,0)";

That should fix it nicely!

Auto-numbered Editable Tables in InDesign

Leaderboard/League/Rankings tables (or indeed any other tabular data that needs frequently updating) used to be a real headache, but InDesign CC goes a long way to smoothing that out. A few weeks back I met someone who has to work on updating performance tables for various publications, every week and it took up a disproportionate amount of time to move the data around and renumber the rows, even though the data didn’t change much in many of the tables—just the position in the ranking and an image that indicated an advance or decline in the rankings.

The Trouble With Tables

Like many other people, there were various coping strategies employed to moving the data around, including all of the usual suspects, like having a blank table in a new document and using it as a kind of super-clipboard, or adding and removing rows in the original table and copying information between rows, then putting all the images in their place. Tedious, even to write about, let alone perform (day-in, day-out).

InDesign CC to The Rescue

InDesign gained the ability to move rows and columns by dragging almost two years ago, and in 2015 could have graphic cells that could contain images, so that fixed two of the problems in the example I’m citing here. The last thing that was required was renumbering the newly-sorted table, and in this movie, you’ll see how a numbered list comes to the rescue!

Save You Time?

Please feel free to share the post and tweet me @tonyharmer if this movie and any/all of the techniques helped your own work—especially if you can give me an idea of how much time you think/know you’re saving!

Workflow Week (5): InDesign and Publish Online

In the last part of Workflow Week, the cover that started out in Photoshop Mix is now in InDesign, where it is added to the rest of the document, interactivity is added and then presented to the World via Publish Online.

InDesign and Publish Online: The Video

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