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Best practices

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Before you dive into creating your prezi I have a few best practices to share with you. First, let's talk about screen resolution. As a presenter, most projectors you'll be using will be set at 1024 x 768 resolution. That's 1024 pixels wide by 768 tall. So for the best preview of your presentation, you may want to switch your display to 1024 x 768 early on in your creation process and get a preview of what your audience will see. Prezi does make it easy for you to create presentations at 1024 x 768.

Best practices

Before you dive into creating your prezi I have a few best practices to share with you. First, let's talk about screen resolution. As a presenter, most projectors you'll be using will be set at 1024 x 768 resolution. That's 1024 pixels wide by 768 tall. So for the best preview of your presentation, you may want to switch your display to 1024 x 768 early on in your creation process and get a preview of what your audience will see. Prezi does make it easy for you to create presentations at 1024 x 768.

It's set up to 4:3 aspect ratio by default, no matter what your current screen resolution. It also gives you some hints to size your content to fit proportionally into that 4:3 ratio. We'll get into more specifics later when we create frames, but I wanted to get you thinking in 4:3 early on. Prezi is not an infinite zooming canvas, even though it may seem to be. So when you're editing if you zoom too far out or too far in, you'll get an error message, and you'll also see that your zooming is no longer smooth. You do have to go pretty far in and far out to reach this limitation, but keep it in mind if you're an extreme zoomer.

Whenever possible use vector art. This is art that's created using vector drawing programs such as Illustrator or CorelDraw. These programs use math to draw the shapes, lines, and points to create art that can be scaled up and down and maintain crisp edges. Vector art is best for logos, cartoons, and most illustrations. As you can see, the image on the left is vector, and it's nice and crisp. That's in PDF format. And the image on the right is a JPEG, and it's pretty fuzzy. If you're importing a photograph, be sure to use a resolution that is as close to your final display resolution as possible.

For example, if you want it to fill the screen, you'll want the image to be 1024 x 768. And don't zoom in so much on a photo that it looks pixelated and blurry. If you're having trouble with crisp images in JPEG or PNG format, use a PDF instead. For some reason Prezi likes PDFs. I'll give you some additional tips about images later in the course when I show you how to import them into your prezi. And learn the keyboard shortcuts. This will save you time and really help you get into the flow of creating a prezi. Don't let your path be precious. Unless I'm telling a very linear story, I often will completely clear my Prezi's path and redraw it.

More often than not, I find a better way to move through the information. This goes back to a story my dad told me about when he was in art school. He had labored for hours and hours on a drawing. The instructor came over to take a look and when he asked my dad what he thought of it, he said, "I think it's good. I captured the lighting," and before he could finish, the instructor picked it up and tore it in half, throwing the pieces on the floor. He said to my shocked father, "No art is precious. You can do better." It was a bit harsh but a point well taken: don't be afraid to start over.

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Up and Running with Prezi

47 video lessons · 25068 viewers

Lisa Larson-Kelley
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  1. 5m 5s
    1. Welcome
      39s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 14s
    3. Following along in this course
      2m 35s
    4. Dealing with updates
      37s
  2. 8m 24s
    1. What makes a good prezi?
      2m 48s
    2. Planning your presentation
      2m 47s
    3. Best practices
      2m 49s
  3. 7m 22s
    1. Understanding the online editor
      1m 22s
    2. Using the Prezi desktop
      6m 0s
  4. 19m 9s
    1. Creating an account
      2m 33s
    2. Creating prezis
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding the interface
      8m 9s
    4. Navigating the interface
      1m 3s
    5. Moving, scaling, and rotating with the Transformation tool
      2m 4s
    6. Understanding Home view
      1m 5s
  5. 10m 55s
    1. Using the Theme Wizard
      4m 45s
    2. Understanding 3D backgrounds
      1m 49s
    3. Importing from PowerPoint
      4m 21s
  6. 21m 25s
    1. Creating text
      4m 10s
    2. Creating frames
      3m 16s
    3. Drawing shapes
      5m 27s
    4. Adding diagrams
      4m 5s
    5. Adding web links
      4m 27s
  7. 11m 54s
    1. Rotating and aligning elements
      5m 3s
    2. Layering elements
      1m 28s
    3. Grouping elements
      5m 23s
  8. 24m 23s
    1. Inserting images
      6m 43s
    2. Inserting video
      5m 3s
    3. Inserting sound
      1m 59s
    4. Inserting Flash files
      2m 54s
    5. Inserting files
      2m 23s
    6. Organizing assets
      1m 35s
    7. Navigating and rearranging with paths
      3m 46s
  9. 5m 29s
    1. Autoplaying the presentation
      1m 52s
    2. Adding frame animations
      3m 37s
  10. 5m 34s
    1. Editing with others in Prezi Meeting
      3m 43s
    2. Presenting remotely
      1m 51s
  11. 10m 2s
    1. Publishing your prezi
      2m 1s
    2. Configuring privacy settings
      2m 36s
    3. Embedding a prezi in a web site
      1m 59s
    4. Downloading a portable prezi
      3m 26s
  12. 9m 5s
    1. Approaches to presenting
      3m 6s
    2. Presenting from a browser
      1m 8s
    3. Portable prezis
      1m 21s
    4. Presenting from the desktop
      1m 43s
    5. Using Smart Zoom
      1m 47s
  13. 54s
    1. Next steps
      54s

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