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Keynote is Apple's iWork application for creating effective and impressive presentations. In Keynote '09 Essential Training, presentation designer Craig Syverson teaches new and experienced Keynote users how to apply this program to its full potential. Craig demonstrates the entire creative process, from building basic slides with text and images and using the new built-in themes, to distributing the final product. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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