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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 you can think of themes as the backbone of all Keynote presentations and that's why when you launch Keynote it is the first thing that comes up. Let me go over here to File > New and what we are shown here is the Theme Chooser. This is the first thing that happens when you start up a new file. And this is a listing of all the different themes that are available to you. Think of them as a set of pre-designed slides that are all coordinated with a similar design element and they act as templates for you to build the rest of your presentation. Here in the Theme Chooser, you can see as I roll over some of these thumbnails, I can get a preview of what's inside. I can change the size of these thumbnails with the slider down here. Let me launch a new theme here called Typeset.
I'll double click here and it brings up this slide. I'm going to do down here and make this fit in window because it is a little large right now. And I'll shrink down this window just a bit so we have some breathing room. So, it says Double-click to edit, so I'll do that. Typed in with that formatting. I'll double-click here and I'm going to go over here to the New button and create a new slide, double-click up here and then double-click again down here and type.
So we have just created a miniature slide show. So, let's play it. I'm going to click on this first slide and hit the Play button and we can see the first slide come up. I'm going to hit the Advance arrow key to move for next line and there you have it. I'll hit Escape. Now you might have noticed that the first slide and the second slide looked rather different. I'll click up here on this first slide and that's because they have different masters associated with those slides. So themes are really a collection of master slides and let me show you what I mean by that. I am going to pull down this shelf and that reveals this set of master slides.
These are all the masters that are associated with this particular theme called Typeset and as I scroll, you will see a checkbox next to this master slide called Title and Subtitle. The checkbox corresponds with the slides that I have selected at the time. So, that's letting me know that this particular slide, Slide 1 has the Title and Subtitle master associated with it. If I click on Slide 2, you see the checkbox moved down telling me that slide has the Title & Bullets masters associated with it. And we are going to talk about masters in detail, but let me go back to Themes again. I'm going to move this shelf up here. I'm going to up to this Themes button and let me pull down to something called Editorial and watch what happens. You can see that it changed the design of the slide to match that particular theme which is different than this one. You don't always want to mix themes together. So let me show you something else. We go back up to the Themes button and instead of choosing the individual theme I'll choose Theme Chooser.
And when I do that I get this variation of the Theme Chooser and here you can see I can apply the theme to all slides rather than just one. So, let me change this one to Retro for instance and do Choose. Now, when this theme is applied you can see that it is applied to both Slide 1 and Slide 2. So, think of themes as a set of templates from which you can start your presentation.
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