Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating frames, part of Prezi Essential Training.
- Okay, so we've now seen how to add basic content like text, images, shapes and symbols to our prezi. Before we look at other types of media you can use, let's start taking a look at how to set up frames. Because as you start laying out your presentation you'll probably want to experiment with the zooming and rotating effects as well as the order in which they happen and that's all controlled by frames. I'm gonna create a new prezi. And maybe for this one I'll select this antique world map template. It doesn't really matter which one you pick I just wanna illustrate how frames work.
Alright, so here's my prezi. And as we saw earlier when you choose a template it usually already has a path laid out over here in the left panel. I can click on each one of these steps in the path to move through the presentation. And each one of these steps is a frame. The order of the frames here determines the order of your prezi. To change the order of the progression you can just drag the frames up and down. Alright, so those are the pre-built frames but the beauty of Prezi is that you can remove, add or change frames at any time.
Let's say I wanna start my presentation zoomed in to the title. I'll just quickly customize the title here. So in order to start my presentation while zoomed in on the title I need to create a frame. If you recall from earlier we can add four types of frames which we select from this menu. We can choose bracket, circle, rectangle or invisible. Actually, before I add a frame, I'm gonna come over here to the settings button and I'm gonna set my screen ratio to 16 to nine. Which is the ratio of my max screen that I'm using right now.
Again, this isn't necessary but I like setting the ratio because it makes the frames I create default to those proportions. Alright, so for the title I think I'll use an invisible frame. Meaning a frame with no visible border. I'll click the frame button to add it to my canvas. Now, it's easy to miss but doing so also automatically adds the frame to my path. So there's a new frame down here now. If I click it it zooms right to that frame I just created. But that's not where I want it to be placed though so let's zoom back out. I'll just use this frame here.
And I'm gonna drag this frame over my title. And I'll increase it's size so that the title fits inside of it. Again, there are no numeric values in Prezi so you just have to eyeball the position of elements most of the time, although Prezi will try to help you align objects with each other but it's not always the way you want things to line up. In any case, now I'm gonna click that frame in the path it zooms right to my title. Now I want my presentation to start with this frame so I'll drag it to the top of the column. Let's see how this looks in present mode.
I'll allow my keyboard controls. So here we are starting on the first frame. I'll just use the right arrow key on my keyboard to step through the progression. Now we'll press escape to exit. So it's really very easy to add frames. Let's add another one. Maybe this time I'll choose a bracket frame. Now this time instead of clicking this button I'm gonna drag the frame onto my canvas. Let's say I wanna zoom it in on the compass icon down here. Get it in the general position.
I'll just drag the canvas up so I can see the compass. And I'll put this bracket around the compass. A little bigger. We go ahead and click zoom to frame so we can zoom in a bit. And let's add some text in here too. Remember all you have to do to add text is just click on the canvas. Make that Title text. I'll center align it. Make it a little bit bigger and there we go. Now, one very important behavior to understand about frames is that anything inside the borders of a frame is effected when you move or resize the frame.
I'm just gonna zoom back out a little bit. So, notice if I select the frame and then move it the text box and the compass move along with it. This compass graphic is actually an object not part of the background image here which is why it comes along for the ride. And I can still move it and the text independently but as long they're within the frame they'll move along with the frame.
This is actually a pretty convenient behavior because the assumption is that if you move a frame you probably want to move it's contents along with it. Similarly, if I make this frame larger or smaller it's contents increase or decrease in size proportionately along with it. Also, and this is important to know, if you delete the frame the contents get deleted as well. Fortunately if you do that by accident you can click the undo button as long as you realize you deleted it right away.
If you do want to get rid of a frame without getting rid of it's contents there are a couple of ways you can do this. First select the frame then click this button here where you can change the type of frame it is. But the bottom selection here is remove frame which deletes it without deleting the contents. Let's undo that. Now, another way to get rid of a frame is to move it's contents outside the borders of the frame and then deleting the frame but that requires too many steps plus you most likely wanna keep the position of the objects that were in the frame where they are.
I'll hit command z a couple times to put everything back. Now, let's say you wanna keep the frame but you don't want it to be part of the navigation path. For example, maybe you wanna use the circle, bracket or rectangle frame just to have a border around some objects but you don't wanna zoom in on those objects during your presentation. Well we know that when you add a frame it's automatically added to the path. The way around this is to come over here and click Edit Path. Notice when I roll over the thumbnails an x appears over them. So I'll click the x over that thumbnail which removes it from the path but notice the bracket frame remains.
So if you wanna use a frame purely for decorative purposes this is one way to do it. There's actually a lot you can do here in the edit path mode but I'll get into the details in a movie in an upcoming chapter. I do wanna show you another way to add a frame to the path from here though. You zoom out a bit and let's go find Australia. So, maybe during my presentation, I speak specifically about Australia so I wanna zoom in on it at the appropriate time. Now I could drag a new frame around it here but another way to do it here in the edit path view is just click the Add Current View button.
That takes whatevers currently on the canvas adds a frame around it and adds it to the path which you can see over here. Sometimes this method can be more convenient than adding a frame with the frame button. In fact, you don't even need to be in the edit path mode to do this. I'll click edit path again to close this view. And let's zoom in on the ship here. Like the compass this ship is it's own object. It's actually grouped with the waves around it but that's actually okay in this case. But you can automatically add a close up of any object to your path by first making sure it's selected then right clicking on it and from the menu that opens choose Add to Path.
Notice I don't even need to be zoomed in all the way on the ship. But when I click on that path step now it zooms me in. Now, one thing to keep in mind with this method though is that it's not technically a frame. Notice when I select it I don't see the option to change this to a bracket or circle or rectangle frame. All I've done in this case is tell Prezi that at step nine I wanna zoom in on this ship. It still works the same way as a frame but I thought it was necessary to point this out in case you're wondering why those frame options don't show up.
Now, for some reason you do want an actual frame there just delete the step from the path and then draw the frame with the frame tool. And again I'll be talking more about working with the path navigation a little later but for now that's how to work with frames in Prezi.
The course also explores how to collaborate with others on a prezi, publish it, and present it remotely on computers, tablets, and other devices.
- Planning your presentation
- Creating a new prezi
- Using the theme wizard
- Adding text, images, links, and more
- Aligning, layering, and grouping elements
- Adding video and audio to a prezi
- Collaborating on a prezi
- Printing a prezi