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Creating actions on a path

From: Keynote '09 Essential Training

Video: Creating actions on a path

A new feature in Keynote '09 lets you create a path and have a shape follow that path. Let me show you how that works. It's kind of fun. I'm going to bring up the Inspector and have it over here, because it will help me to get it out of the way. Let's say I wanted to have this red ball kind of have a path around this SUPERBIKE logo. Now, with Action paths, in the past I could create a straight line, then I could curve that line with Bezier curves and build there my own line that would a path. But now you can use shapes to get that path started. So let me show you, I'm going to bring down a circle drops in the middle.

Creating actions on a path

A new feature in Keynote '09 lets you create a path and have a shape follow that path. Let me show you how that works. It's kind of fun. I'm going to bring up the Inspector and have it over here, because it will help me to get it out of the way. Let's say I wanted to have this red ball kind of have a path around this SUPERBIKE logo. Now, with Action paths, in the past I could create a straight line, then I could curve that line with Bezier curves and build there my own line that would a path. But now you can use shapes to get that path started. So let me show you, I'm going to bring down a circle drops in the middle.

I am going to put a 60% opacity on this because I want to be able to kind of see the logo underneath this, as I expand this out. So, I'm pulling a corner of handle here holding down the Option key, so that it stays centered. I'm going to do the same, still holding down the Option key and then grab this middle handle and pull up. I get this oval rounded SUPERBIKE logo. So, one of the new features also in Keynote '09 is the ability to able to edit some of these pre-drawn shapes. So I'm to go up here to Format Shape and click on Make Editable and you can see it added these Bezier handles to this oval that I just created. So now I can actually go in if I wanted to and edit this oval, grab a Bezier corner and edit this oval.

I don't want to do that right now, so I'm going to hit Command+Z. But what I can do, holding down the Option key and dragging up right to the edge, you see my cursor changed to a Pen tool with little Plus sign. That means I can add another Bezier point. So, I'm going to add another point right there and kind of drag this up to here or so. So with this new shape, I'm going to select both this circle object and the new shape that I just created and go up here to Format and over to Shape, I go up down to and choose Make Motion Path from Shape and you can see when I do that, we created a new motion path. So, that the full shape that I had created now turned into a path and my other object that was selected with that is now going to follow the outline of that particular shape.

If I go over here to the Build Inspector, you can see it also created a move action automatically. And I'm actually going to increase it to 2 seconds. You can see here in the preview that that ball is going to follow that shape. If I click on the red diamond again, you will see the path that we have set up. If I click off it goes away. One of the new features they have added for motion paths is I can hold on the Option key and then click on that path, click off and that will stay. So if I wanted to do a little layout elsewhere on the slide, I still know where this option is going to be flowing. It's very helpful. So I can set my layout correctly.

Now what I want to do is I'm going to click on this path. See that the cursor changed to the Hand symbol? click on that once and now I have these Bezier editing points. What I'm going to do is I'm going to separate out the beginning of this path that the ball takes from the end and I'm going to hover over this symbol there until I see my cursor change into a pointer with some crosshairs and I click and hold and I'm going to pull up and you can see I'm pulling up the original object and you see the ghost object underneath. So I'll like go there and now I'm going to take my end point, click and hold and I'm going to drag it so it's going to land on top of the i, let's say.

Then you will also see this Bezier handle from this end point, I'm going to grab and bend that a little bit just to give it a little bit of a swoop at the end. And on this one I think I might take it at the beginning and just maybe flatten it out just a little bit, so it looks a little smoother. So what started off as an oval, I was able to modify pretty quickly, let me click off of that and I'll press Play. We'll see how that looks when it goes to the Slide mode, so it's waiting for a click. I click on. This will swoop over and down. So custom paths for actions can be very useful when you are trying to create specialized movements within your slide.

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Keynote '09 Essential Training

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Craig Syverson
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  1. 2m 6s
    1. Welcome
      1m 15s
    2. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 13m 57s
    1. Exploring the user interface
      3m 54s
    2. Customizing the user interface
      2m 11s
    3. Using the Media Browser
      1m 42s
    4. Understanding the Document Warning
      2m 57s
    5. Understanding Keynote themes
      3m 13s
  3. 13m 8s
    1. Understanding master slides
      4m 45s
    2. Making changes to slides and masters
      3m 54s
    3. Creating a media placeholder on a master slide
      2m 18s
    4. Creating an object placeholder on a master slide
      2m 11s
  4. 12m 53s
    1. Layout and alignment of objects
      7m 28s
    2. Understanding stacking order
      5m 25s
  5. 35m 44s
    1. Working with free text objects
      4m 23s
    2. Comparing types of text objects
      4m 14s
    3. Formatting text in Keynote
      4m 5s
    4. Working with shape objects
      6m 40s
    5. Working with advanced shapes and colors
      5m 44s
    6. Using connection lines
      4m 40s
    7. Adding hyperlinks
      5m 58s
  6. 32m 43s
    1. Adding and formatting tables
      4m 16s
    2. Building conditional formatting and calculations
      4m 48s
    3. Chart types
      3m 44s
    4. Working with chart data
      5m 17s
    5. Formatting charts
      6m 10s
    6. Working with 3D charts
      5m 10s
    7. Linking charts with Numbers '09
      3m 18s
  7. 29m 17s
    1. Working with graphic files
      7m 49s
    2. Working with multimedia files
      4m 41s
    3. Applying masks
      6m 55s
    4. Applying image adjustments
      4m 15s
    5. Using the Instant Alpha tool
      5m 37s
  8. 18m 8s
    1. Using 2D and 3D transitions
      6m 11s
    2. Creating transitions with text effects
      3m 9s
    3. Creating transitions with object effects
      4m 16s
    4. Introducing Magic Move
      4m 32s
  9. 30m 27s
    1. Using basic build parameters
      7m 33s
    2. Expanding on basic builds
      5m 20s
    3. Creating table and chart builds
      6m 41s
    4. Using smart builds
      3m 21s
    5. Building basic actions
      3m 43s
    6. Creating actions on a path
      3m 49s
  10. 28m 36s
    1. Using the Document Inspector
      5m 39s
    2. Organizing slides in the slide navigator
      2m 57s
    3. Organizing a presentation in Outline mode
      2m 54s
    4. Playing a slideshow
      2m 46s
    5. Adding notes
      1m 42s
    6. Using the Presenter Display
      5m 21s
    7. Recording narration for a slideshow
      3m 2s
    8. Using remote controls
      4m 15s
  11. 34m 54s
    1. Saving Keynote files
      5m 39s
    2. Saving a Keynote presentation as a PowerPoint file
      2m 17s
    3. Exporting presentations as PDFs
      3m 56s
    4. Sharing a Keynote presentation as a QuickTime movie
      7m 57s
    5. Exporting presentations as still images
      2m 14s
    6. Adding comments on a presentation
      1m 42s
    7. Collaborating with iWork.com
      7m 54s
    8. Printing presentations
      3m 15s
  12. 21s
    1. Goodbye
      21s

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