Up and Running with Prezi (2013)
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Inserting images


Up and Running with Prezi (2013)

with Lisa Larson-Kelley

Video: Inserting images

To really make a presentation compelling, it needs images. Click and drag a right around it. Get it centered in there.
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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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Watch the Online Video Course Up and Running with Prezi (2013)
2h 19m Appropriate for all Feb 21, 2013 Updated Nov 27, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • What makes a good presentation?
  • Creating an account
  • Understanding the Transformation Tool
  • Moving, scaling, and rotating
  • Using the theme wizard
  • Importing slides from PowerPoint
  • Adding text, shapes, and web links
  • Layering elements
  • Inserting images, video, and audio
  • Adding animation
  • Presenting remotely
  • Publishing your presentation
Business Education + Elearning
Lisa Larson-Kelley

Inserting images

To really make a presentation compelling, it needs images. Adding them to your Prezi isn't complicated, but there are a few guidelines you'll need to follow for the best quality. In fact, poor image quality is one of the most common complaints I hear about Prezi, often citing fuzzy pictures and jagged-edged illustrations. But following some simple rules will ensure that your images look crisp and professional even when zooming. Let's talk about those guidelines first and then I'll show you how to insert an image in prezi. Back when I gave you some best practices earlier in the course I talked a little bit about images.

Here is a recap and some additional tips. Images shouldn't be larger than 2,880 pixels in width or height, but they should be large enough to zoom in close without seeing the pixels. Generally 1,000 by 1,000 or 2,000 by 2,000 are good if you are planning to zoom in. 2,000 by 2,000 for 3D backgrounds is suggested. Try to place the images at 100%. If you have to scale them up, they're going to fall apart on you and you'll see those pixels. If you have to scale them down, you're wasting that resolution and making your Prezi file size larger than it needs to be.

That can lead to choppy panning and zooming. Prezi will accept images in PNG, JPEG, GIF, and PDF formats. For the best quality, especially when zooming, Prezi prefers PDF format. You can save PDFs out of popular drawing programs, such as Adobe Photoshop, an Illustrator. If you are using JPGs, make sure they're not progressive, or JPG 2000 files. Use RGB color mode. If your image is in CMYK color mode, you'll also run into problems in Prezi. If you can convert easily to PDF, do so and you'll avoid all of these format issues.

And one more tip about formats. Whenever possible, use vector art source for anything that's not a photograph, such as logos, cartoons, and illustrations. Vector art can be scaled infinitely up and down and still keep its sharp edges when imported as a PDF. And you see vector are on the left here, and bitmap on the right. You can clearly see the difference. And one final tip, if you're going to include screenshot of web pages in your Prezi, simply taking a screenshot and importing it, isn't going to cut it. This is especially true, if you're planning to zoom in on details within the page.

It's going to turn into a pixilated mess. The best way to get crsip, zoom-able screen shots is to use a PDF version of the page. If you have the full version of Adobe Acrobat, you can give it a URL and it will create a PDF for you. If you don't, there's a free online service you can use to do the same thing, it's called web2pdfconvert.com. Now you can clearly see the difference, between these two. The screenshot on the left is a bitmap, screenshot, and on the right, is a PDF. An you can see the difference in the crispness of that type as I zoom in.

Let's dive right into a hands on example and import some images into our example prezi. I've included some images in the free exercise files included with this course. So, start out by going up to the top menu and click on insert, and then on image. Now we're prompted to select a file. We can click on this button and select a file from our hard drive. We'll use the logo. Select it, and click Open. And after a second of processing, it appears here on our canvas. Then I can use the transformation tool to get it sized just the way I want it, and move it in place.

And I can add a frame around it as well. Go up to Frames > Draw Bracket Frame. Click and drag a right around it. Get it centered in there. Get it just where I want it. And we're up in here. And we're going to be moving these things all around as we build this Prezi. And I'll add one more element. Like I said we're going to animate all of this stuff later. So I will, move down here and I'm going to insert one more image. Again, I have this dialog box on the side that's still here, so I can click on select files and I'll put in some of our sports equipment.

Move it down here. And I can add some text to go along with it. Change the size, align it here with our text. I can even add another piece of text that goes on top of this. And like I said, we're going to animate all of these things later. Select all that, change the color to, oh, purple, and make it a lot smaller to go right on top of those. Zoom in a little bit.

There we are. And now we have some elements in place. Now if you need an image and you don't have one Prezi will let you search Google images for one right here in the Prezi interface. So let's give it a try. With Insert Image panel open go ahead and search for images on the web. You can type in whatever you like, any key word. I'm going to choose Surfer. And this drop down here lets you check a box to only show images licensed for commercial use. I'm going to check that. It's a good safeguard, but remember that copyright ownership is always a concern with images.

So use this feature with caution when creating presentations for public use. To protect you or your company, you may want to license images directly from a stock photo service. Now, that being said, let's see what Google Images finds for us. Click on the magnifying glass, and here I've found a bunch of images that we can use. You can scroll through these images here using the scroll bar on the right side, and as you scroll down it will continue to bring up more options. And if you like any of these images, you can click it. And drag and drop it right onto your canvas. And if you change your mind, and you don't actually want to use any of these, you can click this x to close this panel.

Now, zoomed out here, let's take a look at our Prezi. It's a little bit empty. Now, I have given you some other assets with the free exercise files. So if you're following along, go ahead and start placing some where you think they should go. I'll do the same. So we'll have some elements in here to animate when we get to that point in the course. These are the images I'm going to use. Female runner, female snowboarder, male soccer player, and surfer. And then I'll place the logo again somewhere.

So then we'll have some elements to animate when we get to that point in the course. So this should get you on the right track to importing images into Prezi and getting the best quality possible even when zooming.

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