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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.
Keynote also provides some advanced tools for extra control over your shapes and colors. Let me show you some of those. I go up here to Shapes and pull down a rounded rectangle. I drop it in. I'll scale it up a bit, so we can see it better. Now notice this blue editing point here on this particular shape. If I click-and-hold, you see the cursor change. I can drag it around and change the radius of this shape. This is a new feature in '09 and comes in real handy when you want to get just the right look, just the right edge for that particular shape. There are also some other shapes that have this particular adjustment as well.
For instance, this arrow shape, scale that up a bit. But if I grab that blue editing point, you can see I can change the relationship between the arrowhead and the base of the arrow, even change the width here, very versatile, nice to have. Double-click on this shape and type in some text and I'll select it and I'll make a little bit bigger, change the Font to Regular. Another new feature in Keynote, I'll show you here. If I going to rotate this shape and hold down the Option key on this and then grab Shift constraint, you can see now that I have rotated the shape, but the text also rotated with it and I want the text to be horizontal. When that happens, you can go up here to Format, go down to Shape, and choose Reset Text and Object Handles and Keynote will then reorient the text relative to the shape and make your text horizontal.
Let's go to Slide 2, and I'm going to point out the shapes that are in this slide. We've talked a little bit about them earlier. I've got these circles. I've got this big rectangle here in the background. Let's look at some of the color features of Keynote. I'm going to call up my Inspector. I make sure my Graphic Inspector is on. If I click in this particular shape for instance, you see the Color Fill indicating that it's a solid color, that it's a dark black. If I click on this gray one, you will see the gray color, etcetera. I move my Graphic Inspector over here. If I wanted to borrow that color, if I want this circle shape, the one that's currently empty to be the same gray, since I have this one selected, this color is in this Color Fill, well, and I can click and drag that over until I see this blue line on that particular shape and I let go and that will fill that out.
If I want to borrow colors to the existing things, I can always call them up and pull them away from these colors well. No matter what they are, you can always drag and move them around. Now let me click on this shape and you can see this shape is done with a Gradient, and Gradient as you know I have a beginning color and an ending color and then you adjust the angle on such. If I wanted to make this shape the same color, now I have to choose two different colors and it's not as straightforward as just dragging one color over, because the gradient is consisting of two colors. Let me show you how you can work this.
I can call up my Colors palette and in the Colors palette you'll notice down here at the bottom there are these empty cells. This allows you to save certain colors temporarily. In fact I have two other colors here saved before. If I want to get rid of a color, I can click on an empty cell and drag over and it will take that one away. So I can have a clean palette. Now I could go here in this Gradient Fill and click on this color and drag it into this well and let go and the same with the secondary one, click and drag it in there. So now I have this record of this color, if you will. So in this shape if I wanted to add a gradient to this one, I'll click on that object, go up to Fill here and choose Gradient Fill, and then I'll drag this color that I saved here, put it on the top well, drag the second one, put it on the bottom well and I'm all good to go.
So remembering this little palette here is very handy. You can keep your colors consistent all the time. Let me show you another feature of the Color Palette. If I wanted to pull down a sample color from the existing slide, I can do that with this tool called the Color Picker. If I grab this magnifying glass icon and drag it over to a point on the slide and click in, you'll see here in the color well that it grabbed that sample of the pixels that I was over. I can then take that, and for instance, drag it onto this shape and I have that custom color.
One of the ways you can tell you have a color that's been picked from the Color Picker is when you look at the Color Fill well you see this triangle on the edge. This let's you to know that that is something that has been sampled before. For instance, if I went to the crayon box and changed the color of this shape to something like maroon and dropped it in, you'll see here this reflected that color, but it also did not have that little triangle on the edge. I'm going to hit Command+Z so we can get it back to where it was. One new feature I would like to show you is the Advance Gradient tool. Let me click on this large shape here and you'll see here under the Fill, it goes under Advance Gradient. This is obviously more than two colors. You can add any number of colors along this gradient line and you can change the border or bleed between the two.
Let me just demonstrate it by dragging this around. You can see it makes the subtle changes in that background color there. This particular shape is a rather more Advanced Gradient Fill, so you can see it have a lot of control over how you can get that Color to Fill in just right. This particular cell is looking to be gold and it's rather complicated gradient, but I have a photograph to drop in there that will be just right. So we know we can fill shapes with colors and we can fill shapes as images. So when I call up the Image Fill and I scroll down here and I choose color gold, double-click it dropped it right in there, put the image within that shape and that gave me a perfectly sized gradient and from a photographic source.
So using color properly is critically important in keeping your presentation clear and consistent, and Keynote's color tools really help you do that.
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