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In this course, author and sought-after presenter Lisa Larson-Kelley introduces Prezi, a cutting-edge tool for creating dynamic presentations. Discover how to add layers of meaning to static presentations with multimedia, spatial relationships, and movement.
The course demonstrates the features and benefits of an effective Prezi presentation, shows how to navigate the user interface, and explains how to create, animate, share, and publish a prezi. Plus, Lisa shows how to present your prezi to a remote audience, via a web browser or your desktop.
There's no need to follow along here. Let me just show you quickly what I mean. So here we are on the Prezi site. I'm logged in, so under the your Prezis tab, I can click New Prezi. And I'm prompted to choose a template from the gallery of templates. The new Prezi is created here and I can apply one of these templates to it. You can scroll through, you can look at the different options for style, and find one that looks like it might be a good fit for the story you want to tell. I'll choose The Road Ahead and click Use Template.
Now from here, we can go to present by clicking this Present Mode button here. And we'll get a preview of the animations that are all built in. We do want to allow full screen, so we can see this nice pret big Prezi on our screen. And now I can just hit the arrow keys to advance from one frame to the next. And using the arrow keys to go back again. And once we're satisfied with the flow of it, we can hit the Escape button. And go back to the editor. If you decide you don't like this template after all, as of this recording, you'll have to close this Prezi, and create a brand new one to use a different template.
Hopefully they'll be changing that in the future, that was a feature they gave us and then tool it back again. So hopefully that will be available in the future. Now, keep in mind that this template is fully editable. You can add as many elements and frames as you like, change the animation path and customize it like crazy to make it your own. So there are a few ways to customize the look and feel of this template and we'll explore those later in the chapter, when we look at the Theme Wizard. Another option for creating a new Prezi is to use third party templates. prezzip.com is a great source with hundreds of templates.
Some of them are free. Some are under $5. And they can be mixed and matched to fit your content. They also offer crisp, clean, zoomable artwork for purchase. Once you buy a template from them, they provide you with a link to an editable Prezi that you can copy and edit. And finally, your third option to create a new Prezi is to reuse an existing one. You can go to the Explorer tab at prezi.com, and find a Prezi that's been shared for reuse by another benevolent Prezi user. When you reuse a Prezi, you can save an editable copy and borrow its assets, animations or sound effects.
Not all Prezis on the explore page are reuseable. These are all public Prezis but only some have been shared for reuse. If it has a button that says make a copy or has a tag that says reusable, then it's a reusable Prezi. So as you can see you don't have to be faced with a blank canvas when starting a new Prezi. As we move through the lessons in course, I'll be working with a sample Prezi to demonstrate the concepts and features of the application. To help you follow along, I have provided two different example Prezis that you can copy and work with. In lynda.com no obstacles template has just a 3D background in place with the styles setup.
And this is one you can use as a starting point if you want to walk through the lessons and create a complete Prezi along with me. I've also provided the finished Prezi, lynda.com No obstacles final. And you can use this one to follow along if you preferred to have the finished product and just want to pick it apart. I've saved both of these as publicly accessible, reusable Prezis. So let me show you now how to copy a reusable Prezi into your Prezi library. So here is what you see on your own Prezis page. And let's import the starter Prezi that I used to build the Prezi in the upcoming lessons.
So go to the link that is provided for the template Prezi. To import this reusable Prezi into your account, you'll need to be logged into your Prezi account. Then go to the shortcut URL that I've provided and click on the Make a copy or Save a copy button. They do keep changing the label on this button, but it does the same thing. It makes a copy of this Prezi and adds it to the my Prezis page. Here it is a copy of the No Obstacles Template. And then here it is, right here on my your Prezis page.
I can now open this in the editor by clicking the Edit button. And that Edit button appears when you mouse over the thumbnail. I'll click to open it up in the Prezi editor and this is our starting point for the upcoming lessons.
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