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Create a Pinterest-Style Interactive PDF

Your next design project should make a statement

Learn how to create a beautiful, Pinterest-style interactive PDF document in Adobe InDesign in this FREE mini course!

As always, it’s my goal to help creatives reach their highest potential through teaching and instruction. This mini course is crafted for design students, freelancers, business owners, and anyone asked to design for their organization.

In this FREE mini course, you will learn how to:

  • Set up your document
  • Add images
  • Create buttons
  • Create an interactive tile menu
  • Add page numbers
  • Export the document

This style of document can be used to create a product catalogue, a fashion lookbook, an annual report, or a magazine.

Interactive documents can feature clickable menus, buttons, and navigation. They can also support, audio and video files, and hyperlink to external websites. Depending on the design and complexity of your interactive report, it can also introduce a matrix of navigation that is user-directed.

The advantage of creating these documents is that they enable the user to engage and access the content in a dynamic way, easily and efficiently. Uses can navigate an interactive document in an intuitive, individualized way.

I will walk you through setting up your document, adding images, creating buttons, creating the tile menu, and exporting the document to a PDF. A basic to intermediate knowledge of InDesign is recommended.

Why Use InDesign?

InDesign is the industry standard for page layout design. This program enables you to create professional print and electronic publications such as magazines, books, brochures, newsletters, pamphlets, stationery, and more.

So why use InDesign instead of free web-based programs like Canva? InDesign is a powerful application that gives you full control over all aspects of page layout design such as color palette creation, typographical styling, gradients, page sizes, interactive elements, creates several kinds of file formats, and much, much more. Plus, InDesign is just more fun, in my humble opinion!

Don’t have Adobe InDesign CC? Don’t worry! Just follow the link below for a FREE 7-day trial:

Free Photography Resources

Don’t underestimate the importance of beauty (psychology of beauty). Humans seek beauty everything we do. Beauty brings us a sense of wholeness and completion. Beauty adds to our understanding and desire for transcendence and our attempts to escape the mundane. When you provide your readers with beautiful images, you are providing a whole experience, the shape, and the substance. The image and the content. It all goes together to create one cohesive experience.

Here is a list of some of my favorite free photography websites:

Free fonts you can use for navigation

If you don’t want to make your buttons from scratch, you can always use symbol typefaces that have several shapes and symbols you can choose to act as navigation buttons. Here is a sampling of FREE fonts I’ve used for this very purpose.



Heydings Common Icons:…

Heydings Common Controls:…

Modern Pictograms:

Document Files

Included are the InDesign and PDF files for your reference: Dropbox link to files.

Files included:

  • Pinterest-style-document-demo.pdf
  • Pinterest-style-document.idml
  • Pinterest-style-document.indd
Free Mini Course Pinterest Interactive PDF

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