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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.
Let's have a look at the role that Media Placeholders play in master slides. Click on Slide 4, pull down here in the Master shelf so I can edit the actual master slide, click on that, click on the Inspector, click on the now Master Slide Inspector and you can see we have our Title part, Body part as we are used to. If I click on this motorcycle image however, notice how this particular button lights up called, Define as Media Placeholder. Well what is a Media Placeholder? Let me show you. I'm going to go back down to my actual slide now, not the master slide but the slide itself and I'm going to go up to the Media Browser here and I'm going to pull a photo and drag it on top of this Media Placeholder and look what happens. That blue box lights up letting you know this is a good place to drop it. You see the Green plus sign.
Drop it in and you see that the photo conforms to the size of the original photo in the master itself. The Media Placeholder is a template, it's like a place where you can drop things and will fill in exactly the size of your original image. Now I can have more than one Media Placeholder on a master. Let me show you that. Click the master slide, now I'm going to be editing the master slide. Let me take this existing placeholder, I'm going to move it over a little bit and I'm going to Ctrl+Click on it and pull down to Duplicate.
Now what this did is it created an exact copy of that previous object and I'll move it over just to give it a different space. You can see here with this object defined, it's also defines as a Media Placeholder because it was indeed an exact duplicate. So that I have changed the master layout, let me go back to my slide and we can see here that there's a bit of a problem, the original photograph is still in the center. Well we changed the master but I'll have to reapply that master to this slide to make it conform to the new layout. I'm going to Ctrl+Click on the slide and pull down to Reapply Master to Slide and as you can see that first image moved over and now the second image there, click the Media Placeholder and grab another photograph, drag it and drop it right on top of that, and you can see, I'll close out these windows, that it worked perfectly.
So we can create more than one Media Placeholder on a master slide. You can create as many as you like and it's a really good way for you to be able to control the layout of your photographs.
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