Interactive Quiz

Your next project will use InDesign in an interesting way. Hopefully by now you know that InDesign is great for creating documents for print, but you can also use it to create all kinds of documents and files and projects online as well.

You will create an interactive, multiple choice quiz. You can make yours about whatever you are interested in. I’d suggest/encourage you to ask questions about yourself, since that’s a subject that you know more about than anyone else! This way, we get to know each other better. If you prefer, you can make a quiz about whatever you are interested in & passionate about, like hockey, dogs, Pokemon, music, or whatever else you specialize in!

  • You will start from a blank document, not a template!
  • Your quiz will have a title/welcome page
  • You may wish to have an intro page that explains what this thing is and how it works (optional)
  • You will come up with at least 5 multiple choice questions
  • Each question will have at least one right answer and at least one wrong answer
  • Each question will have corresponding “Right” and “Wrong” pages (these can be copied to save you some work!)
  • There will be a page at the end that tells the viewer that the quiz is over and will offer a chance to try the quiz again
  • Each page should have AT LEAST one HIGH QUALITY image on it.
  • You will use your design skills and add elements to make each page look amazing!
  • Do not use the default font! Always make your own design/appearance choices.

These will be published online, so you could easily show these to friends & family outside of school. The link is private, so nobody will just stumble on it, but do keep in mind that you are publishing information online, so you may wish to keep personally identifiable details out!


Here’s my example:

Video tutorial: (NOTE! Never watch the entire video when it’s as long as this one (sorry not sorry.) Watch a little bit until I do something, then pause the video and go do what I showed you in that section. Come back and watch a little more, pause it again, etc.)

part 2:

part 3 (adding the buttons and links that make it interactive!)

Finally, once you’ve got all of the links in, it’s time to check it out and hand it in:

To get started, open InDesign. Click either the Windows logo on the bottom left of the screen or the magnifying glass next to it
Start typing Inde
Open it!
If you see that Web preset, that’s a great size.
If you don’t see that preset, you can set it up yourself by clicking New file
Mine looks like this: (1920 x 1080 pixels)
The first thing I notice is that my file isn’t saved properly. It’s called Untitled. I HATE that!
Before saving, make sure that OneDrive is running on your computer!
Go into the File menu and choose Save As (or Save, or press Ctrl + S)
Save it in OneDrive!
You might even wish to create a folder for this class if you have a lot in your OneDrive, like I do. Your file should always have the name of the assignment (quiz) and ideally it’ll have the content/theme of the assignment (this one’s about me), so the best file name would be something like QuizRobson (because it’s a quiz about me!)
Much better!
Up at the top of the screen, you have different Work spaces you can choose from. You’re probably on Essentials now.
For this project, the Interactive for PDF work space is perfect, so I’m going to choose that one.
One of the most important panels you’ll use is Pages. To open or close that, click on the top icon in the bar on the right of your screen.
If you want to make life easier for yourself, you may wish to set up things that will be the same on every page. In my case, I want the same background on every page. To add an element to every page, double click on the A-Parent page. Any changes made here will be applied to every page that uses the same Master.
To give this a background, there are a few tools you could use, but I usually just use the Frame tool for a lot of things. Open the rectangle with the X through it, or press F on your keyboard to activate it
Click in a corner to start drawing a box. When we’re creating a print document, we always make the background a little bigger than the page. That’s not really necessary here, but it’s a good habit, so I’ll do it anyway. I’ll draw out a box that’s slightly bigger than the whie page.
Right now it’s transparent (no fill), so I’ll change the fill so it has a colour
You can choose one of the preset colours in this swatch:
Or double click that fill box and you can choose your own colour
Use the slider on the right to choose brighter or darker colours
Then move the little circle to find the right shade.
The box on the top is the colour I have selected now, and the bottom is the colour I had selected previously.
Of course, if you happen to know the colour values for the colour you want, feel free to type those in (or play around with those numbers and see what you end up with!)
You’ll want pictures on your pages. I’ll add a Westwood logo to all of my pages.
The Frame tool looks like a rectangle with an X through it. You can also press the letter F on your keyboard to access it.
With the Frame tool activated, just draw a box wherever you want it:
If you want to move or resize it, you need the Selection tool (press V or Esc)
Find an image you want to place in the frame. If you want a Westwood logo (and you don’t need one, but if you want it for this project or any other, they’re on your class page or here: Westwood logos
TIP: You may wish to place all of your images into a folder in your OneDrive! Images Placed into your document are not embedded, so if you open the file on another computer or move a file, your images will be unavailable until you locate the files again!
To Place your image file into the frame, go into the File menu and choose Place (shortcut: Ctrl + D)
Navigate to where you stored your photos (again, somewhere other than Downloads is wise when working with InDesign!)
Place it in. You might notice that the picture doesn’t fit properly, like mine:
In the Properties panel on the right hand side of your screen, or the tool options bar at the top, you’ll see some Frame Fitting options:
The ones I use most are the first two. The first one will Fill the frame proportionally, which means that it’ll fill all of the frame’s area without stretching or squishing the photo. Unfortunately this means that the photo might get cut off:
The second one is better for me most of the time, because it’ll fit the entire photo so nothing is cut off, but the entire frame area might not be filled. In most cases, I can just adjust the frame’s dimensions afterward.
You’re welcome to explore and test out the other options to see which is best for you.
One thing I HIGHLY recommend is getting into the habit of turning on Auto-Fit. If you resize the frame later, Auto-Fit will make sure that the picture inside of the frame will be resized as well. If you don’t have it on, you can resize a frame and have the photo stay the same, so it either ends up being too small or too big for the frame.
Now I see that my background colour looks awful beside that logo and I want the background to be the same colour as the maroon around the logo.
Use the Selection Tool and click on the background frame
Once again, select the Fill colour, either on the top Tool Options bar or on the Properties panel on the right
I want the colour of the logo. I could try to find that colour myself, but I’m never going to get it exactly right
At the bottom of that color picker panel, there’s a little eyedropper.
If you drag that eyedropper onto anything on your document, you can pick up the exact same colour
Now I have selected a colour that actually matches the logo
Much better!
Now that I have that background and that logo on my Master/Parent page:
It will apply to all new pages, so they will all look the same
Make sure you switch out of the Master/Parent page and double click on page 1 in the pages panel.
We’re going to add some text, so switch to the Type Tool (press T)
You need a text box, so with this tool, you can click and drag out that box:
Make sure your text looks good! ALWAYS take the time to choose a font that’s going to look good for this document’s purpose and will be effective in communicating the information you want people to have. The default is too small and not very interesting:
You may also want to change the Fill colour
For larger, title text, you may even want to add a Stroke (outline.) Strokes don’t make sense on small text, so only use it for really big titles or larger text
Speaking of larger text, when I go into the font size box, it only shows up to 72 pt, but that still looks too small on my page
You can either use the arrows up or down to change your text size
Or click in the box with the number and type in your own number
To the right of all of that, you may want to center your text, or choose one of the other alignment options

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