Up and Running with Prezi
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Up and Running with Prezi

with Lisa Larson-Kelley

Video: Rotating and aligning elements

Let's talk now about rotating an aligning elements in Prezi. The tool used for rotating and moving objects is the Transformation tool.
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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
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
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Lisa Larson-Kelley

Rotating and aligning elements

Let's talk now about rotating an aligning elements in Prezi. Prezi is notoriously a very free flowing interface, with placement and rotation being more by intuitive feel than by units or math. If you're used to placing things in other applications using x an y coordinates. You'll need to take a deep breath and let it go. That type of control does not exist in Prezi. That being said, there are some features that help you rotate and align elements in an orderly way. So let's take a look at how that's done. The tool used for rotating and moving objects is the Transformation tool.

We covered the basics of this tool earlier in the course. Now let's look at some of its more advanced features for rotating and aligning. Say we want to add some dynamic movement to our organizational chart. We can click on the frame over here on the left, and it'll jump us right down to it. Now we're right here at the frame, I'm going to zoom out a little bit. And now, when I mouse over this frame, I can see there's a small highlight there. So I'm going to click on that, and now we have this frame selected. If I mouse over the corner, I get this nice handle that appears, and I can rotate using this handle.

You can rotate it clockwise or counterclockwise. And if you hold down the Shift key while rotating, you'll be constrained to consistent angles. And when you're happy, with the rotation, you can just let go of the mouse. Now this is kind of hard to see because it's a circle, but I'm rotating this whole frame along with the type inside. You can tell that the circle's rotating by this tiny little circle at the top of it. So you can see that it's moving as I rotate the frame. And you may have noticed as I was rotating this element, that the outer frame is highlighted for a second.

Now I'll zoom out just a little bit, and I'll rotate this. It's a little bit touchy, but you can see that this outer frame is highlighting, and it's showing that the rotation angle is the same, between the two frames. This is Presi giving you a hand. When your rotation angle matches the angle of another nearby element, you'll see this highlight. So I'll go back to the rotation that I liked. And I'll click off of that. And you'll want to note, though, that this handy feature won't work if you have more than one element selected, or if the elements are very different in size, or if they're too far away from each other.

So, a tip. If you want to align a number of frames or objects to the same angle, you can place them all close together on the canvas. Rotate them individually to the same angle and then move them all back into place. Just like with rotation, Prezi will give you hints for vertical and horizontal alignment of objects. Let's take a look at this in action. Let's add a text block. And we want to do it in different areas. So I will zoom out to show the home view. And we want to line it up with this other text block that we have here.

So I'll zoom in a little bit closer to this one. I've got this text saved to my clipboard, so I'll just click on the canvas and paste it in. And it put it all in one long line, so if I go to the end I can pull this in. To the margins that I want. I'll zoom back out so it's easier to see. There we are. And we also want to see the text a little better, so I will change the color to something easier to read. And now I'll click off of it and back on again to bring up the transformation tool.

I want this a little bit smaller, so we can see it all here. I will make it a little smaller. Not quite that small, there we go. Now. As I'm moving it, you can see there's a dotted line that shows that the baselines of the text are lined up. So if I want to line it up with the top, I can just release there. Now this will also happen with margins. The left, center, and right margins will also give us that line. So these are lined up nicely, but I really want this text to kind of flow with the wave.

So I'm going to move it and rotate it to match the angle. And I'll scroll out a little bit to get a full view of my canvas. And now that it's over here, I'm going to change the color of the text as well. This should now be white, I think, to be able to see it against that wave. There we are. And a little bit smaller. And like I said these things are not mathmatical. So, these things are going to move around as I build it. But for now, I like that. It kind of goes around with the flow of the wave.

So even though Prezi doesn't give you the mathematical precision you might be used to, it does give you some tools and some hinting that will help you create clean, organized presentations very quickly.

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