Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Using connection lines

From: Keynote '09 Essential Training

Video: Using connection lines

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.

Using connection lines

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.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Keynote '09 Essential Training
Keynote '09 Essential Training

59 video lessons · 30316 viewers

Craig Syverson
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 2m 6s
    1. Welcome
      1m 15s
    2. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 13m 57s
    1. Exploring the user interface
      3m 54s
    2. Customizing the user interface
      2m 11s
    3. Using the Media Browser
      1m 42s
    4. Understanding the Document Warning
      2m 57s
    5. Understanding Keynote themes
      3m 13s
  3. 13m 8s
    1. Understanding master slides
      4m 45s
    2. Making changes to slides and masters
      3m 54s
    3. Creating a media placeholder on a master slide
      2m 18s
    4. Creating an object placeholder on a master slide
      2m 11s
  4. 12m 53s
    1. Layout and alignment of objects
      7m 28s
    2. Understanding stacking order
      5m 25s
  5. 35m 44s
    1. Working with free text objects
      4m 23s
    2. Comparing types of text objects
      4m 14s
    3. Formatting text in Keynote
      4m 5s
    4. Working with shape objects
      6m 40s
    5. Working with advanced shapes and colors
      5m 44s
    6. Using connection lines
      4m 40s
    7. Adding hyperlinks
      5m 58s
  6. 32m 43s
    1. Adding and formatting tables
      4m 16s
    2. Building conditional formatting and calculations
      4m 48s
    3. Chart types
      3m 44s
    4. Working with chart data
      5m 17s
    5. Formatting charts
      6m 10s
    6. Working with 3D charts
      5m 10s
    7. Linking charts with Numbers '09
      3m 18s
  7. 29m 17s
    1. Working with graphic files
      7m 49s
    2. Working with multimedia files
      4m 41s
    3. Applying masks
      6m 55s
    4. Applying image adjustments
      4m 15s
    5. Using the Instant Alpha tool
      5m 37s
  8. 18m 8s
    1. Using 2D and 3D transitions
      6m 11s
    2. Creating transitions with text effects
      3m 9s
    3. Creating transitions with object effects
      4m 16s
    4. Introducing Magic Move
      4m 32s
  9. 30m 27s
    1. Using basic build parameters
      7m 33s
    2. Expanding on basic builds
      5m 20s
    3. Creating table and chart builds
      6m 41s
    4. Using smart builds
      3m 21s
    5. Building basic actions
      3m 43s
    6. Creating actions on a path
      3m 49s
  10. 28m 36s
    1. Using the Document Inspector
      5m 39s
    2. Organizing slides in the slide navigator
      2m 57s
    3. Organizing a presentation in Outline mode
      2m 54s
    4. Playing a slideshow
      2m 46s
    5. Adding notes
      1m 42s
    6. Using the Presenter Display
      5m 21s
    7. Recording narration for a slideshow
      3m 2s
    8. Using remote controls
      4m 15s
  11. 34m 54s
    1. Saving Keynote files
      5m 39s
    2. Saving a Keynote presentation as a PowerPoint file
      2m 17s
    3. Exporting presentations as PDFs
      3m 56s
    4. Sharing a Keynote presentation as a QuickTime movie
      7m 57s
    5. Exporting presentations as still images
      2m 14s
    6. Adding comments on a presentation
      1m 42s
    7. Collaborating with iWork.com
      7m 54s
    8. Printing presentations
      3m 15s
  12. 21s
    1. Goodbye
      21s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Keynote '09 Essential Training.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.