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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.
So let's talk a little bit more about the control you have over your slides versus the control you have over your masters. So here on Slide 2 I'm going to select it. I'm actually going to change the master that this slide is associated with. I can do that many ways and one way is to go up here to the Masters button, click and I'm going to pull down to Titles & Bullets. Now you will see here that I didn't change anything except for the master but notice how it laid out the text differently. That's to be expected. If I want to add another slide to my presentation, since Slide 2 is selected and I hit New, what it will do is it will create a blank slide based on the master of the one previous to it, in this case Title & Bullets.
So let me double-click in here and let me type in Third Slide and on the text here I'll just fill in with something like Still waiting. Okay, so now let's look at the master slide that's behind this one. Title & Bullets, I'm going to click on that and now you notice that we are going to be editing this master slide itself. I'm going to get rid of these alignment guides, I can just grab them here and push them up at the top and notice how they kind of poof away, it gets them out of the way. Let me open up my Inspector and here I'm going to be under the Master Slide Inspector and the Appearance tab. Now I'm going to change the background of this master. I'm going to go in here and I have these different choices that I can make. I can give it a Gradient if I want to. That can be a little frightening sometimes. Let me give it just a basic color fill and something not quite as loud as that. I'll click on that color well, tap on the crayons here, and let's give it Magnesium.
Now notice over here in the thumbnails what happened. Slides 2 and 3 changed their background because Slides 2 and 3 are based on Title & Bullets. Slide 1 is based on Titles & Subtitle. I didn't change that master so naturally the background didn't change for Slide 2 and 3. That makes perfect sense, doesn't it? But let me show you one area where some folks get confused. Let me go back to Slide 3, now keep in mind I'm editing Slide 3 and not the master, and let's say on this slide we decided we wanted a different Color Fill for its background.
So I'm still on the Slide Inspector, notice it's not master slide, it's the third slide, the Appearance tab, click on the color well, you will notice that it's darkened. This means it's selected and waiting for some input. And I'll go here to the Colors window, tap on crayons, I'm going to tap on Sky and I'm going to maybe tone it down a little bit, make it a little more credible, close out this window. So you can see here now that the third slide has it's own background color and in fact as you know from before we can re-arrange our slide any way we want because in the Slide mode we have full control over how the layout happens regardless of the master. Think of a master as a starting point, as a template from which you can build your presentation. You can see here in the Slide Inspector, our master is showing up still with the old background color.
So now let me go back up and edit this master slide once again. And I'll go back into the background and let me just give it the image fill that we had originally. Now you will notice over here in the thumbnails the Slide 3. In fact let me click on Slide 3. Its background didn't change. You might be thinking hey, what happened? I changed the background, why didn't the background of Slide 3 change? Well that's because you remember we changed the background ourselves. So the main point is that when you make changes to your slide that overrides any type of formatting that's happening on the master. So even though I changed the master underneath this, it didn't effect the slide because we have made these other changes already with moving the text and putting in the color background ourselves.
So it's a good thing to remember in case you are wondering, why the slide didn't change when you changed the master. And of course, if you want to bring the slide back and align them with rest of the master, you can Ctrl+Click on it, pull down to Reapply Master to Slide and you are all good. So remember as you make changes to the layout of your slide, changing its master might not affect its appearance later on.
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