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Oct 17, 2011

iWork Tutorial: Create a Grand Finalé for your presentation in Keynote

by Stephen Ashby

Use animation in Keynote to give your presentation a climatic ending

iWork Tutorial: Create a Grand Finalé for your presentation in KeynoteiWork Tutorial: Create a Grand Finalé for your presentation in KeynoteSome might say that a climatic ending is what makes a good movie. Whether that’s true or not, it’s definitely the part that everybody remembers. Be it a movie, book, piece of music, videogame or, as in our case, a presentation, suspense, pace and drama are crucial to keeping the audience captivated. This common technique of slowly building suspense to culminate in a grand finalé is especially useful when creating presentations, particularly if you are building up to a big announcement. The example that we are using here is the annual financial report for a small business. The big announcement at the end is the net profit, so we’re going to use a combination of animation techniques in order to give it extra importance and to emphasise that this is the highlight of the presentation. Follow these easy steps to learn how.

iWork Tutorial: Create a Grand Finalé for your presentation in KeynoteiWork Tutorial: Create a Grand Finalé for your presentation in Keynote

1: Duplicate slide
Try using Magic Move to create impact. Begin by duplicating what will be the penultimate slide. Control-click and select Duplicate.

iWork Tutorial: Create a Grand Finalé for your presentation in Keynote

2: Resize
Magic Move works best if you resize and rearrange your images. On the duplicated slide, click on the images and drag the corner points to resize.

iWork Tutorial: Create a Grand Finalé for your presentation in Keynote

3: Magic Move
Go back to the previous slide. Open the Slide Inspector and select Transition. From the Effect drop-down menu, select Magic Move.

iWork Tutorial: Create a Grand Finalé for your presentation in Keynote

4: Format text
Type the data onto the last slide and open the Font pallete. Make the text as big and bold as you can for maximum impact.

iWork Tutorial: Create a Grand Finalé for your presentation in Keynote

5: Build
With the box selected, go to the Build Inspector and choose an effect. We’ve chosen Sparkle. Edit the effect by direction, order and duration.

iWork Tutorial: Create a Grand Finalé for your presentation in Keynote

6: Rotation
The data will appear onto the slide one by one with the effect. Once this has completed, add a rotation for extra emphasis. Click on Action and choose an effect.

iWork Tutorial: Create a Grand Finalé for your presentation in Keynote

7: Full circle
Edit the rotation by the direction and degrees. The Order refers to its position within the animation sequence. For more on this, tap on More Options.

iWork Tutorial: Create a Grand Finalé for your presentation in Keynote

8: Build Order
This menu shows a list of your animations. Drag them around to change the order. You can also determine how they are started and the delay between them.

iWork Tutorial: Create a Grand Finalé for your presentation in Keynote

9: Play
Play each animation from within the Inspector palette by clicking on the image, or to view the entire presentation fullscreen click Play.

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iWork Tutorial: Create a Grand Finalé for your presentation in Keynote

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