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Smart Builds are pre-designed build sequences that are especially good at presenting sequential information on a slide. Let me show you this presentation as we have it now, just these two slides. I'll press Play, does a build-in, and then it did an automatic object zoom into the next slide. That looks pretty good. Let me escape out of here. Let's just say for different presentation we want to use the same images but we want to step through each photo rather than show them all at once at the beginning. Well one way to do that is using a Smart Build. First thing I want to do is duplicate this slide. Ctrl+Click and Duplicate. And If I do something radical like this, I always like to make a duplicate, just as a back up. I know I can always go back in case I really did not like the direction I went. I'm going to get rid of this text and I'm going to marquee select and hit Delete. And I'll select these first three photos and go up here to Insert menu, pull down the Smart Build and I'm going to choose Revolve. Watch what happens when I did that, a Bunch of stuff.
First off the Build Inspector popped up, secondly the three photographs were pretty much put to one, this one here represented by the first photograph in that sequence, and you can see it has a blue box around it and a purple diamond. Well this is the Smart Build object, and this control down here lets us know how many images or objects are in that Smart Build, and we see three. I can grab anyone of these and drag it over and re-sequence it if I want to. And you will notice in this control there is place where you can drop an image to add one. This is good if you are using the Media Browser or dragging and dropping something from the Finder. You can just pop it in there.
If your photos are already on your slide though you can marquee select them for instance. In this case I'm going to do a Cut because I know I do not want them on here any more, and I'll tap on that purple diamond again. I'll click in there and I'll do Command+Click and Paste. And that dropped in those two there. So now you see we have a total of five. And again I can drag and move it if I want to re- sequence it. Great! So now I have all of those five photographs represented in this one Smart Build object, and I can take that object and I can scale it up a bit.
Be careful in scaling if your photographs aren't full resolution. You always got to be aware of that. I think some of these might be a little low but we'll see. And I'll center this on here like so. And now over here in my Slide Navigator, let me move Slide 3 up into the second spot because we think its going to work, and let me play it and have a look. So I hit Play. First slide builds in automatically went to an object pushed now to a Smart Build slide. And as I hit the Advance key notice this Revolve effect happening for each slide. So that's pretty cool. I'll hit Escape. That's all it took. If I click on this smart object and I'll go to the Spill Inspector and click at More Options, just so we can have a look inside, what a Smart Build will do is create an action in the build sequence. So it's not a Build In or Build Out, it's under the Action category, and you can see here I can change that effect if I want to, for any of the other Smart Build effects. Dissolve is a rather subtle one.
But it's nice that you can just have one object in one place where you can set up a sequential build that will always stay consistent. So if the situation or story is right for a Smart Build, it could save you lot of time in creating what would otherwise be really complex build sequence.
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