Learn how to access and make changes to master slides, such as background, layout, and other formatting. Also learn how to create a master slide, and how to reapply masters to formatted slides.
- [Instructor] Using themes is an excellent way to get a headstart with the formatting or look and feel of your presentation but if you can't find a theme that fully suits your needs, it's good to know you can create your own look and feel. We'll start by working with master slides, creating a look and feel in the background that can be applied to multiple slides and we'll talk about how you can create your own themes from those in this chapter but let's start with the background and we'll continue working with our LeafAndMortar presentation, LeadAndMortar_0201 if you're catching up.
We'll go up to slide one. If you're not seeing the ruler right now, go up to the view menu and click show ruler. We want to be able to see the rulers across the top and down the left-hand side. This is going to help us when we start adding things to the background. How do we get there? Well, with the slide selected over here in the navigator, you can go over to the inspector now with format selected, you'll see a button for edit master slide. Yes, we could go to the text that we see here on the slide, select it and make changes.
You can see all the formatting changes we can make but that would only affect what we see on this one slide. If we're going to use additional title and subtitle slides, we want to see those changes consistently across the board. That's why we go up here to the navigator, click the thumbnail for our first slide which uses the title and subtitle master and we're going to edit the master slide by clicking edit master slide down below. Now, that gets us into all of the masters. You can see them down the navigator here on the left-hand side but title and subtitle is selected at the top.
Now we can go to where it says title text. Click anywhere there and make adjustments that will affect all of the slides using this master. We'll go up to format, make sure it's selected and click text down below. You can see what title looks like and that's using the font, and attributes that you see down below. Let's change the font. We'll click the font face dropdown. You'll see a huge alphabetical list of fonts. We're going to choose Avenir right there. Now, the asterisk you see next to title indicates we have made a change to the default and we can update that change in this theme but we're going to be creating our own theme, so don't click update.
Instead let's go down here and change the color. Click the color swatch dropdown and choose a nice dark blue. I think that book and 112 for the size are good attributes to keep. We're done with this one. Now, we could continue onto the other masters doing the same thing. You can see there is some title text here. We might want to change that as well if we're going to be using this master. So, it would be Avenir, we'll keep the same size, change it to a dark blue, there's title center and you can see it too is using the default, Helvetica which we'll want to change to Avenir.
Now, you get the idea. We can go through all of our masters if we wanted to but we should wait and see which masters we're going to use in our presentation. We may not need to have all of these in the new theme we're going to be creating in this chapter. So, we'll just make a few adjustments to a few of the masters. There we go, click in the background to see those changes. Let's go back to title and subtitle. You may recall when we were touring the user interface with the final product, there was a triangle in the background, just a gray triangle in the background on our first title slide. Let's add it.
Since we're here in the master we can add it to the master up here in the background. It's not something we'll be able to edit on the slide itself but if we have multiple title and subtitle slides in our presentation they'll all have the same thing in the background and that is the triangle shape. Let's go to the shape button here on the toolbar. There are many, many different categories to choose from. With basic you'll see the triangle there but keynote has more shapes and options than ever before. You can see animals and nature, food, symbols education, etc.
All the way at the top though is where we find our triangle, our right-angled triangle, I'll select it, it's placed right in the center. Now, we'll click and drag it over here to the bottom right corner. We want it going from the top right down to the bottom corner here so we need to flip it. With the triangle selected, the inspector gives us some options like there's the arrange tab for example where we do see an option to flip horizontally or vertically. Let's flip it horizontally and now let's place it right down here in the bottom right-hand corner like so.
Now it's just a matter of sizing it. We'll go to the middle handle here on the left and drag it all the way out to the far right-hand side so it's right to the corner and now we'll go to the middle handle and start dragging it upwards to resize. You can see on the right-hand side it's going up and we want to bring that all the way up. Look at the ruler on the left-hand side. You can see a line moving up. We're going to go to right about there, one and a half inches, maybe down a little bit one tick. Yeah, that's good right there and release and you can see it's overlapping some of our text so we need to send it to the back.
We'll do that by clicking the back button. It's now in behind everything. We also want to change the color, so let's go up to the style tab here. We'll change the color fill and you can see that allows us to choose solid colors down below like light gray for example but we also have other options like a gradient fill. This gives us two colors now to work with, so we could go from a light gray, to a dark gray and you can see that effect.
We can also make adjustments to the opacity. It's right now at 100% and let's move this slider down to 50%. You could also type it in or use the arrows and you can see the effect in the background. The angle of that gradient is set to 270. We'll leave it at that. That looks pretty good and now just click anywhere off the slide to deselect. There's the look for our title slide. Now we can go to any of the others and make the adjustments that we saw in that final product. For example, let's go to photo vertical. I know this one's going to be used quite often.
We're still in the master slide, so we can make adjustments here like the title text for example. Let's go up to text and make that same adjustment. I know we're going to be using this one on a regular basis throughout our presentation, so let's change this one to Avenir as well and we'll keep the size as is but change the color to that dark blue and now you can see the body text down below. It too should be the same font for consistency. We'll go to Avenir and dark blue like so.
There we go. Alright, we also want to put those triangles we saw in the background. They're a little bit different than our title slide. There was a couple at the top left and top right-hand corners. So, let's just make sure nothing is selected by clicking in the background. Go back to shape here and select the triangle, the right-angled triangle again. This one we want to flip but we want to flip it vertically, so again, we'll go to the arrange tab, flip and we'll move it into the top left corner.
There we go. Now, this needs to be a different size obviously, so let's go to the middle handle on the right and we'll drag it out to 23 inches, so you can see the line taking us right to 23 inches. You can also see that popup showing us the exact location. Now we can go to the middle handle here and drag it down. Drag it down to around, let's go to 13 inches right there. It doesn't have to be exact but it does need to be in the background, so we'll send it to the back and it does need to be a different color, so we'll go up to the style tab, we'll change the color, we'll keep color fill as the type of fill but change the color to a darkish green.
Now, if you don't see the green that you want you can click the color wheel button here, opens up a number of different options, for example, we could go to clover, this shade of green, select it and start making adjustments, for example, the opacity, you might want to change it and go all the way down to say 25%. That looks pretty good there. Alright, click in the background, we can close up the color dialog and you can see it's coming into shape here. All we need now is another triangle. We'll go back to shape.
Triangle, this one needs to be flipped but horizontally 'cause it's going in the top right-hand corner, click the flip horizontal button and also flip it vertically. There we go. Now we can move it into the top right-hand corner and resize it the same way. So, middle handle on the left, click and drag it, we'll go to about the 12th inch mark here so it's overlapping. We'll drag it down from the center as well. Look at the ruler on the left-hand side, when you get to the 12-inch mark, you can release and we need to send it to the back as well and change the color for it.
We want it to be a blue color. Let's go up to style, click the dropdown and choose a darker blue and this time we're going to change the opacity down below and bring it all the way down. We can see the shade that we're getting is more of a gray shade in the background the further we go to the left. Let's go to say 16%. And you can see the overlap area because the opacity creates that effect in the background that we're looking for. Alright, click in the background and this is something we'll probably want to repeat throughout the rest of our slide masters down the left-hand side and it would should be a matter now of selecting those triangles, so hold down your shift key as you select the second one.
We might want to group these together as a single object or just simply have them select it, copy them, let's go up to edit and choose copy. You could also use the keyboard shortcut command C and go to any of the other masters like title center, go up to edit and choose paste or you could use command V to get it in the background. You can see what's happening. So, go ahead and repeat that for the rest of the masters here in master slide view and when you're done, you'll click done down at the bottom.
So, your homework is to add these triangles to the other slides and if you want, change the titles as well to the Avenir dark blue. When you're done, click done and you'll see those changes on the slides using those masters in your presentation.
- 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