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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.
Another new set of slide transitions that have been introduced in Keynote '09 are Object FX. These affect all the objects that are on the currently existing slide and all the objects that are existing on the slide that it's going to. Let me show you how this works. Click on Slide 1, pull up the Inspector, click on the Slide Inspector with the Transition tab. In Slide 1, I'm going to select this object here. Now notice these two logos are actually grouped object. You can tell that by this blue barrier around them and the fact the handles go over both sides of both objects. That means in the transition it's going to be treated as one unit.
I've set an Object Zoom transition on the slide for one second. Let me play the presentation and you can see it. So there the slide comes in, I'll hit forward arrow, and notice how the object first zoomed towards you and then all the objects in the second slide zoomed from behind and came forward. It's a pretty interesting transition and all done with just one click pretty much, just choosing Object Zoom and away it went. I am going back. So I want to point out one thing about these transitions. It's only affecting the objects on the slide. It's not doing this zooming with the backgrounds, because the backgrounds are not objects.
Now on my examples here of this presentation that we have created all the backgrounds are the same, so we're not seeing that happen. So I'm just going to point it out to you. I'll click on Slide 2 and under the slide Inspector go to the Appearance tab and for the background just temporarily here I'm going to give it an obvious background color. When I go back to Slide 1, and play the presentation, pay attention to the background. You'll see when I hit the advance key that it's a very subtle dissolve from the background. The object zoom state the same, but the background dissolves. So it's good to know that when you create these slide transitions that the backgrounds will dissolve from one to the other as the default state.
Go back to this Appearance tab and put back my Image Fill for the background, so we stay consistent. I'll close out my Colors palette and let me click back on the Transitions tab. Another cool Object Effects transition is Perspective. Perspective is a pretty good one use when you have a number of large objects on your slide. Perhaps like a grid of photos like we have in Slide 2. Let me play here from Slide 2 and show you what happens here. Hit the advance key. It tilts the images sideways, creates perspective view, things slide out, things slide in. All that is happening just with one command: clicking here and choose Perspective.
So you can see there is a lot of activity that's happening with that slide. So it's not one you're going to want to use a lot. It's good for making a point or perhaps changing chapters. Click on Slide 3, I'll show you some if these other ones. Notice here on Slide 3 to Slide 4 we have a similar layout. The text is mirrored from the photographs. The text is on top on Slide 3, it's on the bottom on Slide 4. What I'm going to choose for this, under Object Effects is Revolve. I'm going to tell the Revolve to go simultaneous, because I have some of the sub-choices here.
Now when we play this, you can see that there are four objects on this slide. There is the text object at the top and the three photographs and there is four on the other one as well. So when I hit the advance key, you're to see this very gentle transition. Gentle in that you hardly notice that the photographs that were on the bottom are now on the top and vice versa. So I have done a really nice job in making this transition as busy as it is, make it look really smooth so it's not terribly distracting. I'll show you one more that's similar between Slide 4 and 5 here. These of course are laid out in the same way. So let me choose an effect called Object Push. Here I can push it along sideways, left or right. Let me play this one full screen for you, like so. Hit the advance key. So those first four objects moved out and then the new four objects moved in. Hit Escape.
So I've demonstrated these Object Effects to show you their range, but I hope you realize that I'm not advocating use of them for every slide transition, unless of course your presentation calls for that. Keynote makes it easy to create a lot of interesting slide transitions, so you might be tempted, but Object Effects will have a greater impact when you use them wisely and judiciously.
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