Jeff Larson
Animation Instructor and District Pathway Coordinator

Digital Publishing to the iPad using InDesign CS6

Technical Tutorial Published 9/2/12 Last updated on 5/16/18
In the series of video tutorials I created my goal was to go over some of the basics of creating a sample digital publishing project prototype in InDesgin, uploading it to the Digital Publishing Manager at, and previewing it on an iPad using the Adobe Content viewer. The sequence of the video tutorials follows how I would teach it in my class. After completing this practice exercise, students should be able to create their own versions. The lessons do not cover nearly all there is to know about Adobe InDesign, graphic design, or layout. It is meant primarily as an introduction to a compelling technology, that students should find challenging and engaging. The lesson steps and links to the videos for each step are provided in the Digital Publishing Lesson Steps and Tutorials document that can be downloaded from this page.
Age Levels
Content Standards
Custom Standards

CTE Arts and Entertainment Industry Sector Standards

2.0 Writing

(2.6) Deliver Multimedia Presentations:

a. Combine text, images, and sound and draw information from many sources (e.g., television broadcasts, videos, films, newspapers, magazines, the Internet, electronic media genereated images).

b. Select an appropriate medium for each element of the presentation.

c. Use the selected media skillfully, editing appropriately and monitoring for quality.

Communication and Collaboration, Creativity and Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts

Computer lab or laptops

Adobe InDesign CS6

iPad with Adobe Content Viewer Installed

Digital Publishing Manager account with Adobe

Sample InDesign document for guided practice.

Sample assets for guided practice

External USB/Hard Drive/Cloud Storage to save student work

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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/5/19 11:23:35 PM Permalink

Excellent resource thanks for sharing

Michael Lewis

Posted on 12/14/12 5:22:49 PM Permalink

This project looks good. I'll strongly consider using this spring semester. Thanks!

Mike Skocko

Posted on 11/12/12 10:46:15 PM Permalink

Gratz, bro. See you at Adobe this summer. :)

Sandra Holland

Posted on 11/12/12 9:45:17 PM Permalink

Wel Done Jeff!

Michael Cole

Posted on 11/12/12 5:57:11 PM Permalink

Nice work Jeff. No wonder I am seeing students with more advanced skill levels in my beginning graphic design courses these days.

Kris Fontes

Posted on 11/12/12 5:40:16 PM Permalink


Dennis Martinus

Posted on 11/12/12 5:21:37 PM Permalink

Jeff, congratulations as the runner-up for the 2012 Educators’ Choice Awards.

james kinney

Posted on 10/29/12 5:40:09 PM Permalink

Thank you for sharing a wonderful, and very thorough treatement of an important subject. Your students are very fortunate to have you in their arsenal!

Dennis Martinus

Posted on 10/24/12 2:38:26 AM Permalink

Just voted for you man. Hope you win: good luck!!

Mike Skocko

Posted on 10/22/12 7:01:22 PM Permalink

Mark, the Exchange does indeed rock and contributors like Jeff (and Kris) keep the Exchange fresh and relevant.

Well done, Jeff. Encore. Encore!

Kris Fontes

Posted on 10/22/12 6:46:16 PM Permalink

You deserve to win first place. I won first place last year and know what an awesome feeling it is!

mark deyoung

Posted on 10/22/12 6:14:42 PM Permalink

Very cool Jeff. I'm thinking this whole exchange thing rocks!

Janet Russeau

Posted on 9/28/12 4:12:55 PM Permalink

Great tutorial. Students do not need to know every bell and whistle of a particular software product to be able to design something, so I like the focus on what they need to know to accomplish a task. Some tutorial videos cover too much and are an information overload. This covers enough while still allowing them some "play" time with the software. Nice job.

Jeff Larson

Posted on 9/5/12 3:38:03 AM Permalink

My enthusiasm for this project was born out my desire to see students have an opportunity to explore the potentials of digital publishing to a tablet device. I think for students learning to work with technology and software, trying out any permutation and combination is worth doing. The idea isn't so much that they are actually publishing in a proprietary format, as it is this is what I have to work with. If students were so inclined they could even set up a publication for an android device, a phone, or whatever else works. The goal is to see the possibilities and have fun while doing it. I had fun learning it and felt really happy when I saw the results on the iPad. I've helped students work on Android apps as well, using Photoshop and Illustrator to create assets. I'm not particular about what I do and where. I hope if it interests you, you can modify it to meet your needs and goals. Happy tinkering!

Adobe Education

Posted on 9/5/12 2:52:04 AM Permalink

@ Karen - you bring up some good points. I would checking out the discussion forums to see if something along these lines is already being discussed or add start a new thread on this topic yourself.


~Adobe Education

Kris Fontes

Posted on 9/4/12 5:21:02 PM Permalink

Sharing is the key component of the Adobe Education Exchange, while we may not all use what is on the site, it is interesting to see the different ways educators are using the Adobe products. Thanks for sharing.

Karen Hellyer

Posted on 9/4/12 4:36:31 PM Permalink

The sound quality improved in the second tutorial, and overall, I am now more inclined to use InDesign over Apple's iBooks Authoring tool if I were to design something for use on an iPad. The question that comes up for me is more around whether or not producing content that can only be viewed on an iPad is a worthy educational endeavor? If this were something that could be viewed in a variety of delivery modes, it would be less proprietory and more far reaching. I understand that it can be exported as a .PDF, but it loses it's interactivity and sort of defeats the purpose of the lesson. But I'm guessing that this isn't the place for this type of discussion. Please forgive and gently nudge me to a group that might be interested in exploring this topic further. Cheers!

Shanlee Liu

Posted on 9/3/12 5:46:17 PM Permalink

Thank you so much Jeff to show some wonderful ways on sharing digital publishing using InDesign CS6.

Matt Cauthron

Posted on 9/3/12 3:08:27 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing Jeff!

Mike Skocko

Posted on 9/3/12 1:33:08 PM Permalink

Love it, Jeff! Thanks for creating and sharing this terrific resource.

Wolfgang Schlicht

Posted on 9/3/12 6:51:15 AM Permalink

Thanks a lot for sharing. Perfect tutorial.