Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Move and group multiple objects, part of Prezi Tips and Tricks.
- [Instructor] Now let's look at some quick tips for working more efficiently and effectively in Prezi. As you're building your prezi, you'll find that you'll wanna make sure certain objects stay grouped together. Having elements grouped together is useful in situations where you want to move several objects at once while making sure you maintain the spacing and positioning between them. Also, when items are grouped together, you can scale them larger or smaller simultaneously which can really come in handy when playing around with the zoom levels in your prezi. For example, if you decide want to make a group of elements a lot smaller to hide them so you can zoom in to reveal them during your presentation, it would be really time consuming to scale them separately and difficult to keep them in the same spatial relationship to each other.
Grouping solves this issue quickly and easily. So let's take a look at how to group objects. I'm gonna create another new prezi and let's go to the More templates section. I'll just choose this first one, Bright Lights. Double click that. But for now, I'm gonna select this frame surrounding all the prezis and hit the Delete button up here. I basically just wanted to have a background image here that makes it more obvious when objects are rotating. Right, now let's go to the Insert menu and select Layouts.
I'm gonna go over to Multi-Frame Layouts and let's grab this layout right here and I'll just drag that onto my canvas and we'll zoom in a bit so we can see it. Alright, so we have multiple objects to play around with. So, there are three main ways to group items together. The first method is to make sure all the items are within the boundaries of a frame. This group of objects I just dragged in are all inside an invisible frame.
So they're technically already grouped together. If I select the invisible frame around all the objects, I can move them around together. I can scale them larger or smaller simultaneously and I can rotate them altogether as well. Just undo that. But I can also continue working with the objects individually. I can select one of these circle frames and again I can rotate it or scale it or move it.
I'll undo that. Now another way to group items together is inside shapes. Let's go to Insert Symbols and Shapes. I'll come down here to Shapes and let's drag in a rectangle. Can make that a little bit bigger and next I'll add a circle and a triangle and I'm gonna change their color so we can see them a little bit better.
Select this one, this red color and we'll make the triangle yellow and lastly let's add some text. So just click and type Some Text. So I'll make that a little bit smaller and let's also change its color so we can see it. So I'm gonna move this text and these shapes complete within the rectangle here. As long as the shapes and the text are entirely within the borders of the rectangle, I can move them all by selecting the rectangle and then I can drag it around and I can also scale and rotate all the objects together.
But, if say, the triangle is not completely within the borders of the rectangle, it'll get left behind when I select the rectangle and move it around. But once it's back within the rectangle, if I click out and select the rectangle again, it's now part of that group once more. So that's the second way to group items together. So the third method for grouping is for when you don't want your items to overlap or to be within a frame together. Let's reposition these three shapes so that they're not overlapping and I'm gonna make the rectangle a little bit smaller.
Now notice the text got smaller too because I forgot to move it out of there. So let's get the text out first. Now I'll make the rectangle a little bit smaller and I'll do the same for the text. So to group these items together, I first click each one while holding Shift on my keyboard. Notice one of the options up here is Group.
So now all the items are grouped as one and I can move them together. Even if I click off the Deselect and I click any of these objects again, the entire group gets selected. Now the most important difference between grouping objects together in a frame or a shape and grouping them together with the Group button as we did here, is that when items are grouped together like this you can't select them individually. So, again, I can't just select the triangle to make it bigger or rotate it. Now I can, however, click in the text box to add or edit the text.
But as you probably already figured out you can easily ungroup items with the Ungroup button. They'll remain selected so you can still move them but as soon as you click outside or on an individual item they'll be ungrouped. But it's always easy to regroup items again anytime you want. Now I also find that some templates automatically have some items grouped together. So if you find that you can't move or scale an item on its own click it and look for the Ungroup button. So as a general rule if you wanna make sure certain items stay together on your canvas and you don't want to accidentally move or alter specific objects, it's a good idea to group them together.
You can always quickly ungroup them when you need to access the individual pieces.
- Mind-mapping your prezi
- Moving and grouping objects
- Using favorites to save and reuse content
- Working with text
- Editing graphics, including photos, shapes, and charts
- Presenting your prezi