Learn how to add build effects to text objects, and learn about choosing options for building text in and building text out when you're done with the slide, and ways to adjust options for delays, order, and delivery method.
- [Instructor] In the previous chapter we learned how we can add visual interest to our slides as they transition from one to the next using special effects. They're called transition effects, and they affect the entire slide, but we can also animate objects on a slide. That's going to be the focus in this chapter. We're going to begin in this movie with building text in and out. So we'll continue with our Leaf and Mortar presentation, 0801, on slide one, just select it up here in the navigator. You may still be looking at the Animate button, and in the Inspector down below we can see the transition we applied to this, the mosaic transition special effect moving from this slide to the next.
But we're going to animate contents like text that we see here. Landscape Services, our title. Selecting it changes the Inspector. Now we still have Animate selected up top but now we see tabs for Building In, Building Out, and in the middle, Action. We're going to focus on builds in this movie. So with Build In selected, you can see there's no Build In effect. That means when the slide appears, the text is there. It doesn't appear, it doesn't build in. Until we click Add an Effect, and just like we saw with transitions, there are multiple categories to choose from.
Now, a very plain one would be Appear here under the Appear and Move category. Click Preview to see what that looks like. It simply appears. Now Blur kind of brings things into focus. Not bad. The most popular of all time is Dissolve. Click that one, you can see how it kind of fades in. There's some other options here under Appear and Move. For example, Typewriter. You can see how each character shows up one at a time. Then there are other categories down below that might be more interesting.
Check out Blinds, we'll click Preview. Cool effect. How about Pop? Yeah that one might work for us, but first let's check out some special effects down below. Try Bouncy by clicking Preview. Interesting but might be too busy and distracting. Same thing for Flame. Simply doesn't apply to our presentation, but it could be useful for other types of presentations. Flash Bulbs, very flashy. Lens Flare, similar.
And you can see lots to choose from, so experiment with these, but we're going to go back up here and select Pop. Each one of these has its own options as well. So when we select one by clicking Pop, you can see now the Build In effect is applied, and we can change it if we want to go to something else. Preview it at anytime, but here are the options down below. You can see it takes three quarters of a second for this to happen. We can stretch it out by increasing the time, or decreasing it making it quicker. I'm going to go to .85.
You can also click inside and type in a number if you wanted to. Notice the text delivery is by object. In this case, the text box. But click this drop-down if you want to do it by word, or even by character. Choose By Character, and click Preview up here. You can see how it comes in differently than if we select by Object, and preview that. The whole thing pops in. We could also go to By Word. There's only two words here. Previewing that, there's one word after the other. So I'm thinking probably By Object is best.
Now the order, in this case it's the only object on our slide, it's going to be the first thing to happen, and you can see the Delivery is All at Once. Click the drop-down. If we had multiple paragraphs, groups of paragraphs, or even a highlighted paragraph, we could do it that way as well. All at Once is the only option really that applies to a single title like we see here on this slide. But when does it happen, and how long does it take to happen after the slide appears? That we can setup by clicking Build Order down below, even though it's the only item that's going to be building in.
Clicking Build Order opens up this dialog. I'm just going to move it over here and you can see it is selected up here. Notice it won't start until we click, so by default the slide is going to appear with nothing on it, until we click. Then the title will appear. Well I don't want to have to click, so click the drop-down that says On Click and notice we can do right After Transition. So after the slide comes in, with zero second delay, it's going to appear. If you want to delay it for a moment, you can do that as well using the up and down arrows or by typing in a value.
Let's try .2. Click Preview to see what that looks like. So the slide appears and then it takes .2 seconds before the text appears using our build in special effect. When we're done we can click the Close button here to close that up. Now when the slide exits, we can have the text leave the slide first. That's a build out effect. With it still selected, let's go to Build Out. Currently no special effect added. That means the slide would transition to the next slide with the contents on it.
The title in this case. But we can build out that text first and then see this special effect of the transition. Let's add an effect, and let's try some. Let's go down to Move Out and click Preview. You can see it's going to leave and then the slide will transition to the next slide. We see some of the same ones here. Let's preview, Fade and Scale, kind of cool. I like that one, let's select it, and again you can see now the order is two. And All at Once, there's the duration.
We can bump that down. I think it should happen quicker, 1.5 is going to be good. Let's go to Build Order because this is important. You can see it's not going to happen until we click, and when we click the drop-down, you can see it can happen after Build One. Well that wouldn't give us time to actually see it, so On Click is good. However, if we close this up, and preview the slide, let's go ahead and do that. Hit the Play button, it shows up automatically. We have to click, and it disappears, but now the slide transition doesn't happen automatically.
We're sitting here with a blank slide having to click again to move onto the next slide. So let's hit Escape, and then go back to slide one. We've setup the build in and build out effects for our title. That's fine. Now we need to setup the transition to happen automatically after the text builds out, so with the thumbnail selected up here in the top left corner, with Animate selected up top, you can see we're back to the transition, and there it is, Start Transition On Click. We can click the drop-down now and choose Automatically, no delay, let's have it happen automatically after that text leaves.
When we go down to Build Order, you can see there's the two things that happen, and then our transition takes place. So let's close this up and test it. I'll click Play. In it comes, waiting for us to click. Obviously when this pops up we might have things to say. When we're done talking about this slide, we click to move onto the next slide. So there's the effect, and then the transition kicks in automatically. So let's press Escape. So we'll have to remember that when we're adding effects such as build in and build out effects with text, and combining those with transition effects that have been applied to the slides.
Now, other types of text include what we see here on slide two. A bulleted list. We can add special effects to them with many other options that we'll explore next.
- Working with themes
- Editing master slides
- Adding text, shapes, and links
- Building tables and interactive charts
- Inserting audio and video in your slides
- Applying transitions
- Playing and recording a slideshow
- Sharing and exporting presentations