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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 since every slide in Keynote has a master slide associated with it, let's look into the masters a little bit more and get to know how they are made. Let me create a new presentation here. I'm going to go make my slide size 1680 x 1050 and I'm going to double-click here on the Showroom theme and do a little interface cleanup here, make my thumbnails large, pull this over a bit, make this presentation fit in window and I'm going to bring down the size of the entire thing just a little bit to give us some breathing room.
Okay, so we are presented here with the initial master slide. I'm going to double-click to edit and type in New Presentation and I'll double-click in this part and say Now using the Showroom Theme. So, I want to go in and take a look at this particular slide and how it is structured. To do that I'm going to go up to the Inspector and I'm going to make sure that I'm clicked on the Slide Inspector and that my Appearance tab is selected as well. And you will see here two boxes that are checked, Title and Body.
This is letting us know what parts of the master are visible right now. So for instance if I unclick Title, you will see New Presentation go away. If I unclick Body, the lower part goes away that's because this is the body text and this is the title text. Now, if I hit Delete for instance on this guy notice that the checkbox on the title went away. I can bring it back by just clicking on it, which shows it again. So you can see that if you delete a part of the master it is not really a delete like it is gone forever. It is just more or less visible or not and these checkboxes help you determine that.
So you can see when you delete a master slide element like a title text or a body text, it doesn't really delete it like a normal deletion does; it just makes it visible or not. So, you can see here these checkboxes for title and body up here. These are letting you know that these particular elements of the master --this is called the Title Text and this is called the Body Text-- that they are visible. If I un-check it, it makes it invisible. I can control the visibility of these items just by these checkboxes. In fact if I click on this one and press the Delete key, it doesn't really delete it in the normal sense.
It actually just shuts it off and I can always bring it back by hitting that particular button again. So, I'm going to go down to this lower text box and hit Return, type in some more text. So where are the Superbikes? Now you will notice that this second line of text is centered underneath this one. Why is that? Well, that's how the master slide was laid out. So let me show you how that looks. I'm going to go up my slide, click on it and then pull down this shelf to reveal the master slide and you can see this checkbox next to the master slide called Title and Subtitle.
If I click on this, you will notice now in my canvas I'm actually going to be editing the master slide and you can see here in the Slide Inspector, in fact it changes to master slide and you can see it looks a little bit different here. But still these elements are there and you will see here that the body text was centered and so when I typed out the text on my slide, it is centered as well. It is following the format of the master and that's what masters are all about. Let me demonstrate this some more. I'm going to Option+Click and duplicate the slide and now I'm on Slide 2 and I'm just going to change this text here.
Next slide and double-click here, using some theme and change this text, Still no Superbikes. So, Slide 1 and Slide 2 both have the Title and Subtitle master associated with them. Now, here is where the power of masters happens. I'm going to go back up here and again I'm going to be editing the master slide and I'm going to click on this title text box and I'm just going to make it bold. You will notice here when I do that, that the text in both of these slides also change to bold.
So, this is where you can have a great deal of leverage of how you can control how your presentation looks by editing the master slide. I'm going to undo that just to demonstrate something else. Go back to Slide 2. Now I could go to this text object in Slide 2 and make it bold and notice because I'm editing the slide and not the master, it only affected that slide and that's okay. So the master is acting as a template. It is a guide for you to start your layout, but it doesn't necessarily mean that's where you have to end up. But if you do want to get your slide back to the original formatting of the master you can always go over to the slide itself, Ctrl+Click on it and pull down here to Reapply Master to Selection.
And what that did is it for this selected piece of text it reapplied what the basic master was for that. So, using these different parts of the master gives you a lot of control over the consistency and the layout of your presentation.
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