is now part of!

InDesign CS3 Butterfly Easter Egg


Well, we held off as long as we could, but it’s time to let loose the butterflies. Some InDesign users have been sad that CS3 no longer sports the butterfly branding, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a butterfly now and again just because you upgraded.

To find the butterflies in CS3, choose About InDesign (from the InDesign menu on the Mac or the Help menu in Windows) and type — carefully — the word butterfly.


That wasn’t hard, was it? Now, even better (or worse, depending on your point of view) try clicking on the butterflies. You have to play with it for a while to get the whole experience. When you’re done, press Esc to close the window.

David Blatner is the co-founder of the Creative Publishing Network, InDesign Magazine, and the author or co-author of 15 books, including Real World InDesign. His InDesign videos at LinkedIn Learning ( are among the most watched InDesign training in the world. You can find more about David at
  • erique says:

    Argh! Alien invasion! Poor butterflies! Isn’t there a law against that sort of thing? Or was that a law against wasting valuable time playing with InDesign easter eggs? ;)

  • Cool stuff! Poor butterflies indeed…

  • Lasse Fernov says:

    How mean! Not funny at all. Poor butterflies … symbols of colors, diversity, freedom and creativity — now nailed down and helpless …

  • Mamoon Tayih says:

    That Rocks!!!!

  • AND NOW, keep the Alt key down and click on each butterfly… What is so funny about ?

  • Why Americans are so fond of killing spree ?……

    Instead of cherishing and protecting the butterflies……

  • Try clicking on them again and you let them free! The only thing that “kills” these digital beauties is the alien… what, you haven’t seen the alien yet?

    So a more appropriate interpretation here is: You have the opportunity in this “game” to save the butterflies’ lives, but only if you temporarily and gently hold them (with a stake) in the proper place on screen so that the alien doesn’t get them.

    I agree that there is a tinge of xenophobia here, but I think it’s warranted in this case. I mean… some aliens are worth fearing… especially the ones that seem the most friendly but can only be stopped by Slim Whitman. But I digress…

  • vectorbabe says:


    I didn’t see the alien as killing the butterflies.

    I saw him/her as knocking the butterflies off the pins and while they seemed to fall, they were actually freed to then fly around.

    The alien is the butterflies’ savior.

    Wow, this Easter Egg has deep meanings.

  • Shawn Graham says:

    Try taking out the alien by holding down option… works for the butterflys too.

  • Bob Levine says:

    Jeez David, can’t you keep a secret?

  • Bob Levine says:

    There’s supposed to be a smiley on that last message.

  • Cmd-Alt-Shift on the top of the mountain.

  • Bob, I got the joke. Hee-hee.
    Branislav, I assume you mean cmd-option-shift-click. That KBSC doesn’t do anything for me. But Command-Alt clicking on the alien has some interesting effects.

  • Yes you’re right, it’s Cmd-Alt click.

    I think they smoked something illegal even in Colombia’s jungles…

  • Peter Trinder says:

    Photoshop CS3 Extd has the Red Pill About dialog – select About PS with opt/comm/shift.


  • T. jensen says:

    What is it with text publishing and butterflies ? Even WordPerfect back in the early 1990’s used a butterfly. See

  • matt poppy says:

    What i am curious to know are those mountains from Seatlle area or a certain city in Colorado?! :)

  • Ben Druce says:

    Shift-Ctrl-Click on ‘about InDesign’ (PC) and check out that crazy info.

  • Ben, yes, there’s a lot of information there! Here’s more about the Component dialog box.

  • Dezignus says:

    Very Interesting, but as for me, I prefer to use in my every day work, Photoshop shapes. For example here ? Butterfly shape set ? I found very good shape set of stylized butterfly.

  • […] David’s hunt for Japanese Dots > Game of Thrones: Dothraki > Easter Eggs in InDesign: Butterfly, Friendly Alien, Silly Strokes > InDesign CS5.5 “7.5.2″ updater patch for Windows or […]

  • Bob, I got the joke. Hee-hee.
    Branislav, I assume you mean cmd-option-shift-click. That KBSC doesn’t do anything for me. But Command-Alt clicking on the alien has some interesting effects.

  • >