Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Special effects for 3D charts, part of Keynote: Builds, Transitions, Animations, and Effects.
One of Keynote's stand out features is the ability to add 3D charts and graphs. You can take any 2D chart and easily promote it, or start with 3D content. If you have 2D content, with it selected, you can always go in and choose the Format tab. And near the bottom here is a pop up where you can change the style. You'll note that there's 3D Of course, if you add a new chart from the beginning, there is a whole tab just to access the 3D styles. And remember, you can click through for different color palettes or, of course, make your own.
Once you've got the 3D chart, you have great options here for presenting it in 3D space, so you can rotate that to really get the information so it's clear. It looks pretty good to me. And then, under the Animate Inspector, we can Add build in. You'll note that there's a whole new category called 3D chart effects. So, this gives you options to have it come in like a crane. To grow over time, to have the items rotate in, or to grow as they rotate in, or, of course, move along the axis.
I'm a big fan of the Grow option, and I like to have that information displayed. However, I don't want it to come out all at once. So, I'll tend to choose Cascade. And, if I click Preview, you'll see that it does a simple ripple effect. Let's slow that down a little bit to four seconds. And you see that they cascade one after another. If you'd like a little more control, then maybe you choose to reveal these, just like before, by series or by set. Let's focus by set here, and I'll tell it to skip the background and to just do animations two, three, four, and five.
So now the background is already in place and with each click, the 3-D bars appear to grow in 3-D space and this is a very professional way to produce animations. In fact, they match the quality of graphics often shown on newscasts or financial information. Sometimes, in fact, those folks are actually using Keynote to create those graphics. And that's a very easy way. Remember, you can always adjust this in 3D space, and reposition it, as needed, to improve readability. And under the Format tab, you have control here over the overall depth.
So, with it selected under 3D scene, you can always adjust the depth of the chart. As well as the gap or spacing in between the individual bars to improve the readability. This also translates well if you're working with things like pie charts. Under Animate, you'll again see the 3D chart effects, and this gives you those same options. However, when using a pie graph, they look a little different. So, Rotate and Grow is quite popular to have it spin in or a simple rotate as it reveals.
Have the pieces come together. Or, a simple wipe on. Remember, too, you can split this apart. So, if I do a grow, I can tell it to reveal those by wedge. This way, with each click, it's going to first reveal one, and then the other. Making it easy to control the flow of information and remember, of course, you can position that object as you see fit with the 3D controls. And use the format inspector to adjust the overall depth and any of the reflections and styles.
Remember, you do have a lot of options here to control the look and you might adjust the lighting to improve readability. I'm a big fan of default and glossy, although I will sometimes use soft light and soft fill to make it a bit more gentle. Remember, as you play with the animations, use the preview button to get a good idea of what's happening. And you can always, of course, change. So, let's try the rotate and grow there. That looks pretty good. And I'll set it to Cascade, so that it comes in and they have a nice ripple effect.
The use of these 3D charts is a great way to really improve the overall aesthetics and because these charts have extra depth, Keynote offers a series of animation builds. That really take advantage of using 3D space. This is one of the standout features of Keynote. And if you have a lot of information to present this way, make sure you find a good overall balance. Don't mix and match every single transition. And don't apply every type of chart. But use a little bit of visual consistency, and you could really have a lot of sizzle here, for something that's often considered one of the more boring parts of a presentation.
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