Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding backgrounds to heading cards, part of Sway Essential Training (2015).
- Each and every one of our headings is ready for us to provide a background for that heading. Right now when we preview it, we have is just text. But by adding a background I start to build a much more interesting sway. So I'm going to click "Background" and Recruiting is one of the words-- we have lots of different words that are available to us here under "Suggested." And the words that are being picked up are out of our headings.
So if I'm looking for "Recruiting," it will give me some suggestions based on that particular word. Predictably I'm going to get lots of things about army recruiting, about sports recruiting... What I really want is something like a handshake. That might be just fine. Or I could say I'd actually like a handshake. Now let's go see what we have. Notice that by default I'm looking for images with Creative Commons licenses available.
So I can scroll down-- I'll see a mix of videos... different images, text... If I decide for example I like this, I can choose it. When I do, I have information here that will allow me to create a link to this. So I can actually copy that shortcut right now if this is an image that I wish to use. I'll click "Add" to add this.
And I'd like to know a little bit more about this particular piece of media. There it is. It's on Flickr. Some rights are reserved, so I can go find information about it. It says I'm free to share and to copy and adapt it even commercially, but I have to give appropriate credit and provide a link to the license. A deep-dive into the Creative Commons is beyond the scope of this course, but you'll find what you need here to know how to attribute this properly.
So let's come back. One way I can do this is with a link. And I can actually hyperlink this entire title. And then simply put in the link to that particular site. And that's one way to provide attribution. Not the only way; but one way. I'm going to click "Focus Points" so that I can show you how that works in our image. Here's our preview in the background.
Now what I'd like to do is I would like to be able to specify what part of this image is important. To do that, what I do is click on what's important. So perhaps... that's as much. Notice that as I am clicking, it's actually changing the size of the image. I'm able to trim it-- crop it, so to speak, to show what I'd like be able to show.
I could do something even more specific than that. Perhaps I want the hands and I want to trim it a little bit more. Now if the entire image is important, just click that checkbox; we'll get an entire image. And here's our preview leading into Recruiting. Looks pretty good. I'm going to add one more image. I have a picture of our founder, and I'm going to use his image as background.
And I will need to upload this because I'm saving it on my desktop right now in my Landon Images. And there's Arthur Landon. Now I have a couple of choices here. I have a very small image-- 24k, that's a good thing. I've actually uploaded this previously, but it takes a long time and there's no reason for it. There's no reason for me to have a six megabite picture of Arthur Landon when 24k will do just fine.
So let's open that. And that looks good. Now you might want a resolution somewhere between the two, depending on how this image is going to be used. But let's hit our preview. And that looks pretty good. Now again, if I only want his eyes, well, that's okay. But I'd like to have more of Arthur than that. So I'm going to go back and select the picture and choose "Focus Points" because I actually want his entire image.
I'm okay with sliding a little bit of this off, but not a lot. So let's just mark it. Notice we've got a great hairline there, but we'd like to include his chin. Now we have the entire picture. So that's the purpose of focus points: to be able to indicate what parts of the pictures are important. I've been hitting four corners, but you don't need to do that. If I haven't included that, it's still going to be included because I say I want the top of his head and I want the knot of his tie, for example.
Right there. If at any point you want to reset the image, you can. And we'll be back to adjust the eyes alone. But there we go with the entire picture of our founder, Arthur Landon.
- Creating Sways
- Using cards
- Choosing a design and navigation strategy
- Duplicating and remixing Sways
- Embedding other content
- Inviting others to edit your Sway
- Sharing Sways