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You can add a variety of shape objects to your prezzis. This can help you to illustrate your concepts with arrows, boxes, circles, triangles, and free form shapes and lines. To access the shapes we can go up to the top menu and click Insert. From here we can choose symbols and shapes And you have a variety of symbols here in different styles to choose from. And down here under shapes, you can get to a variety of shapes with different styles. To draw lines and arrows, go to the frames and arrows menu.
You can also choose the highlighter to draw a translucent highlight on top of any object on the canvas. Let's start with an arrow. Now, I love this tool because it's one more thing that makes Prezi so much cooler than Powerpoint. Let's take a look. I'll use my scroll wheel to zoom into my frame here where I want to draw my arrow. And when you click, that creates the starting point for the arrow and I'm just dragging around in a circle. And whenever you release, that's where the end of the arrow will be, and then from here, you can increase and decrease the line weight, and choose from five preset colors which are related to your Prezi's theme.
Let's choose green. Now, if you want greater control over the colors or borders of a shape, you'll need to use the CSS editor, and that's outside the scope of this course. Now, here's the cool part. You can edit the control points by clicking and dragging, and you can even grab this center control point, and then you've got a curved arrow. And I'll grab it and move it up here into our frame and make it a little bit smaller. There we go. And I'll move it some more around in there. Now lines behave the same way. You can create one by clicking and dragging.
I'll go to frames and arrows, draw a line and I'm going to click and drag across. And if I hold down the shift key it's going to kind of snap right into it a straight line there which is what I want. And again you can grab this center point, and curve it if you like. Give it a little curve. And you get the same style choices here. I'm going to choose Green to go with my arrow. And that weight looks good. And I really love how intuitive this is. You can just kind of draw these things really quickly. I'll edit this and get it right in place where I want it. Something like that, there we go. And I'll click on the canvas to deselect.
Next let's make a rectangle. And a quick way to access the shapes if you remember your keyboard shortcuts, is to press s when not typing in a text box. So I'll do that now, and I'll cycle through the different shapes until I get my rectangle which there it is and I can click anywhere. Drag and release to create the box. To resize it proportionally just grab these corner handles. To change just the height or the width you can grab the sides. And we can change the color here as well. Let's use this as a background for our text block.
I would like to change the color to white. And I can drag it over my text box here, resize it a little bit. There we go. And another detail to note about shapes. They behave like frames, in that any object that you position inside of the shape, it will group together. So if you do want to put text inside of a shape, as we have here, you can just drag the text on top of the shape. So, lemme grab this shape right now, and you can see that everything is grouped together, except that little arrow because it wasn't enough of it attached. So I'll put it back where it was.
And I'll click off of that. And now if you want to remove the text or other grouped objects from the shape, you can select it and move it right off the shape and then it's no longer grouped together. While this behavior might drive you a little crazy at first, it can be really helpful later as you edit the flow of your Prezi. Moving groups around on the canvas. I'll go ahead and put this back where it was, and I can use the arrow keys to kind of nudge this down slightly. There we go. And the last drawing tool I wanted to show you is the highlighter, and this is useful for highlighting text.
That's under Frames & Arrows, down here at the bottom, and I draw over my text. There we go. You can see it's highlighted. Now this isn't really the best drawing tool in my opinion, though, and should really only be used if you need to highlight something quickly. You can't edit the shape after you make it, and you can't directly change the weight of this line or even control its color on a per-object basis. You've gotta set the color for all highlights in the theme settings or in CSS. So I'm just going to delete this right now. So, as you can see, adding basic shapes to your Prezi is pretty intuitive.
Related to shapes are what are called diagrams in Prezi, and we'll cover those coming up.
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