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Grouping elements

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As you're building your Prezi and taking your viewers on a Just double-click on the frame edge.

Grouping elements

As you're building your Prezi and taking your viewers on a ride through your thought process, organizing elements into groups is essential. There are three ways to group things in Prezi. If you've been following along, you've already used the first two. One, by placing items on top of a geometric shape, as we did here in this box. And, by putting objects inside of a frame, as we did here with these brackets. The third method is to use the group feature in the transformation tool. Let me show you how that's done. Let's go to the frame where we have our web links and group these two items together.

Just double-click on the frame edge. And I'm going to group these two items together. Now because they are active links, we are going to want to use the marquis tool, the Cmd+shift drag, over the two items. And now the transformation tool comes up and we can choose to group the items just by clicking this button. Then we can ungroup them using that same technique. So I'll group them and then I'll click on the canvas to deselect. So here's a handy tip. If you want to edit a single element in a group without ungrouping it, you just double-click on the element.

Grouping using geometric shapes is a feature unique to Prezi. I've never come across another application that works this way, but it can be a quick and easy way to keep related items together without having to add the group to your animation path, as you do with frames. Let's add some text introducing the URL here, and then we'll group that text, logo, and link together using a shape. I'm going to just click on the canvas to give me a text box and type visit us online. A little prompt there to click on the link, and I'll change the color to something I can see.

Put it in place right here. And click on the canvas to deselect. Great, now I'm going to draw a shape that will be behind all of these items and group them together. I'll choose a rectangle, and we can get to those rectangles by saying Insert > Symbols and Shapes, choosing Shapes, and I'm going to pick a solid rectangle. And once I have it selected, I can just drag and drop it onto the canvas and then size it how I like it and remembering to use the sides to adjust those height and width.

And I just want it to be behind this text here but about the same width as that one. Great. Okay. Now you know that it is on top. It's, it's semi transparent right now. I'm going to change the color to white. And it's definitely on top of all of my links. So I'm going to right-click and say, Send to back, and that puts it behind the items. And now, these objects are all grouped together on top of this box.

If I deselect and click on the box and grab this handle, you can see it's all grouped together as one. And remember, if you want to separate something from this group, you can just click on it and drag it off of the box, and then it's no longer attached to the box. So I'll put it back together here. There we go. Now I mentioned that creating frames will also group items. And I showed you how to create frames earlier in the course. But I want to show you a special kind of frame that's great for grouping as well as for highlighting details or blocks of text.

It's a hidden or invisible frame. It lets you organize your content without the visual weight of brackets or shapes around it. Lets create one here, and I'll add some content. I'll zoom out to my home view, and then I'll put my mouse where I want to zoom in, and let's say I want to draw a frame here. I'll go up to Frames and Arrows > Draw Invisible Frame, and I want it right about there. If I click on it, on the edge of it, I can get the hand and move it right in place where I want it to be, and now I can add some content here.

I will just click on it and add some type. Make it a little bigger, put it on a darker background so you can see it, give it a little exclamation point. Now I want to add this frame to my path. So with it selected, I can right-click on it and choose Add to Path. Now if I go to the previous frame and then click Present, allow full screen, and use my arrow key to go to the next frame, you can see it zooms right to my invisible frame, with no brackets and no edges on it at all.

The learning to use invisible frames is important for a great Prezi. And whatever method you use, I recommend grouping elements on the canvas whenever possible. I've found that grouping items within frames and even grouping frames helps me to edit my Prezis more quickly and efficiently.

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Up and Running with Prezi

47 video lessons · 25720 viewers

Lisa Larson-Kelley

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  1. 5m 5s
    1. Welcome
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 14s
    3. Following along in this course
      2m 35s
    4. Dealing with updates
  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

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