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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.
When you want to connect some ideas together visually or build a flow chart, Connection Lines are a fast way to make that happen. Let me demonstrate those to you. I am going to pull down a shape here, a circle. I'll make it into an oval, a little bit bigger. Then I'm going to type in a word Fast, and make that Regular, 64. I'm going to give this shape a stroke, a little bit thicker stroke, and I'm going to make it red. I'm going to make some points here.
And in the Fill I'm going to Transparent, and actually check on my text there, and make this guy red as well. Then I'm going to hold down the Option key while selecting this shape and dragging it so I can make a perfect copy of it. I'm going to change this text, double-click there and type in Red. Now, if I want to create a Connection Line between these two shapes, what I do is I select both of them, go up here into Insert and pull down to Connection Line and that will drop in a Connection Line to the two of them. And that connection line is flexible, so it will maintain a relationship between this one shape and the next one. You can see it will maintain a relationship on the center and it keeps that relative connection going.
But as you know Keynote is very visual, so I can select this line and actually make it a different stroke. I'm going to give it this kind of rough stroke. Let me make it 10 points and I'm also going to make it red, and also I'm going to change my Type face, I want this to look more like we are creating a sketch. So I'm going to choose Handwriting for that guy and this one as well. So now you can see a change in line, something a little more interesting, it still maintains that connection. And if I select in this line, I can add endpoints toward to it well. I can add an arrow pointing say for instance that way.
I can add one in the other direction. It adds that to a connection line as well. I'll get rid of this one. Choose None. And let's say I want to add a Connection Line between this shape and this shape, I click on this, and I click on this, I can go up here and do the same thing, Insert > Connection Line. But I would really like this new Connection Line to look like this all the one, and there is a fast way to do that. Let me show you this little tip. I'm going to delete out that line from now, select this existing one that I have, and then go up here to Format and pull down to Advanced and say Define Connection Line let's say for Current Master.
So what this means is that I'm telling this master slide that this is now my definition of a default connection line. So whenever I choose a new connection line, it's now going to adopt this format, this stroke, this color and so on. And this is something you can do with all shapes and lines. You can set a preference of how you want that particular master to default to it. Now it's only going to be in that one document, it's not going to spread across all of the masters and all of the themes. It's constrained to that one document which is something that you want, but it's very handy when you are creating a lot of similar objects. So now for instance, when I click on that and I Shift+Click on this and I go up to Insert > Connection Line, it dropped in that default shape.
Now the arrowheads are reversed, no big deal. Go up here to choose None. It put one there. Now one of the nice thing about the Connection Lines in Keynote is you'll notice this little blue editing dot here in the middle. If I click and hold that it access a Bezier curve, and you can see I can really have a lot of flexibility in how I move this around. And notice it always maintaining a relationship with the Shape, and also notice how cool it's following the edge of the Alpha Channel of this particular object. This is Mac OS really doing its magic to keep that graphic connected.
I can click on this connector line, do the same thing. Here just make a little bit more interesting. Remember because they are connected I can move them around and that relationship stays together. So it's really handy to be able to get your layout just right, because you don't have to worry about reconnecting those lines. Another thing here you see this blue dots. This will actually set where the line begins, visually. So I could, if I wanted to pull it out a little bit, I'll click on this one, give it just a little space, and again that relationship is still there.
So remember that in Keynote the connection lines are more than just straight lines connecting rectangular boxes. They give you a lot of flexibility, so you can connect your ideas effectively.
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