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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.
Every presentation is different, so you may have chosen a perfect template for your Prezi, but you almost always want to customize it further. Changing colors, using a different font, adding your logo, or changing your background image. You can access these options under the Themes menu. So here we are, with the no obstacles template open, with some random content here on the canvas. Let's explore the theme options. Up here in the top menu, we'll click on Themes. And this opens up a panel where you can change the overall color scheme and font.
You can choose from several themes presets. These colors and fonts will be applied to your template, and as you click on the various themes, your content will change to give you a preview. I'll go ahead and zoom in on some content here so you can get a good look. I'm clicking through some of these themes. You can see. So what was grey with white is now red and blue. And as we step through these different themes, everything changes. Even the background, the box, the text. And if you ever want to go back to where you were, you can click up here, revert to original, and we have our grey and white again.
You can also save the current theme and have it available down here if you ever want to switch back. Let me just scroll down to the bottom here, and save the current theme. When you need more control than this, say you want to tweak the colors to match your corporate colors. You would click customize current theme down here, to open up the Theme Wizard. And here we have a few options. The wizard will walk you through them, down here with the Back and Next buttons. You can of course, leave most of these settings as is. You don't have to edit every one of them.
And note that any changes you make here will be reflected in the sample preview window on the top of the dialog box. Let's actually make another change here. Instead of white or pink, I do like to have it somewhat the color of the photograph. So let's make it this lighter blue. And then, here, we can set up a 3D background, which I have done here in this template. And I'll be covering this in an upcoming movie more in depth. If you've upgraded from the public Prezi license, you can remove the Prezi watermark that appears in the corner of all of your Prezis, and add your own logo.
This logo will appear in the lower left of your Prezi, over other elements. The recommended size for your logo would be 250 pixels wide by 100 pixels tall, and that will give you the best quality image. To advance to the next step we'll click next. And here is where you customize fonts and their default colors. You can choose from a variety of available fonts. But interestingly these fonts do not include all of the font options that you can get access to in those preset themes, so that can be kind of frustrating. One way around this would be to choose one of the presets.
Then launch the Theme Wizard to further tweak the other settings To make it look the way you want it to. So, I'll go ahead and change the font. Let's change it to Nunito, make it a little crisper. And then, we'll click next. And here, we can set the colors for the various elements. We'll go ahead and change the frame to a nice green. And maybe the rectangles as well could be green? We'll make 'em the same color green. And that will match the logo that we're using in this example. And that's it. When you're satisfied with all your choices you can click done and your changes will be reflected in your Prezi.
Now maybe the color picker still doesn't give you the control you need. You can click on the Advanced button, back here in Customizing the Theme. Down here on the left is the Advanced button. If you click on this, you can actually set the RGB values for everything. And also you'll notice here that all settings are on one screen rather than stepping through as you did in the wizard. And if you're a real control freak, you can now dive even deeper and directly edit the CSS used by Prezi to style elements. Here at the bottom of this panel, you can click the link to open the Prezi CSS Editor.
This closes the Theme Wizard panel, and opens up the CSS Editor panel. In here, you can set hex values for the colors, set line weights, and all sorts of other nitpicky adjustments. Now this of course is beyond the scope of this course, but if you're interested in playing around with the CSS and learning more, you can find courses on CSS in the lynda.com library. So you can see that there are many ways to customize the look of your Prezi, from keeping it simple with the most basic tweaks, to diving into some code for some more fine tuned control.
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