Is it possible to produce pdf files with InDesign that have interactive images on them?

For example, the initial appearance of the image is black/white but once the mouse touches it, it changes to a colour image.

Is this possible?

  • 4
    have you tried anything yet??
    – Phlume
    Commented Feb 8, 2014 at 17:29
  • By embedding SWFs you can do that.
    – Yokel
    Commented Feb 10, 2014 at 13:40
  • Yes, but...while Adobe has pushed for interaction in PDFs, it's still not the norm, so tends to be something very unfamiliar to users and, as such, may be completely lost on them.
    – DA01
    Commented Feb 10, 2014 at 18:28

2 Answers 2


You must have the two images, then:

  1. Place the first image
  2. Right click on the image and go to Interactive > convert to button
  3. Choose "Mouseover"
  4. Enable "2nd layer mouseover"
  5. Change to the second image (in the links panel)
  6. Save as "Interactive PDF"

Done! :)


I found this video really helpful with interactivity in InDesign documents, hope it helps! Also remember to change the export option to 'Save as type: Adobe PDF (Interactive)' if you are exporting to a PDF.

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