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How to Prezi
Transcript of How to Prezi
Prezi is a piece of zooming presentation software which allows you to present information in a visually arresting way. You create your presentation on a (to all intents and purposes) limitless canvas, and navigate around this canvas in any way you please – zooming in and out, leaping from place to place. You can either present the same kind of information as you would in a slide-based presentation, or throw the rule-book out of the window entirely.
The flexibility, non-linearity and freshness make it an increasingly popular alternative to powerpoint.
You can sign up for a free account at http://prezi.com
and you can zoom right in...
Why use Prezi?
it engages the audience in a way which power point presentation can rarely match. in the same way that even great content on slides can be lost amid the "death by power point" problem, even mediocre content on prezi can wow an audience and make them far more interested in what you are actually saying
The basic how to..
There is an initial learning curve to prezi (because it works differently to the normal power point that we are used to) - once you understand the basics, it soon becomes quicker to make a nice prezi than a nice power point.
Here is how the interface works.
Click anywhere on the canvas to start typing. Previously you had to stick to the font colors chosen using the Colors and Fonts section, but now you can edit the color of any given block of text using the little color box. You can also justify right, left or center, or use bullet points.
To insert images etc, use the toolbar.
From here you can save, undo,
redo and watch you Prezi in
The frames and arrows button is very important. Frames (and invisible frames) form the basis structure of your Prezi
The insert button is what you use to give your presentation some visual flair. You can add images and videos, or add symbols and shapes.
The path section, where you can reorder the sequence your Prezi follows.
The theme button is used to decide the overall look and feel of the Prezi. It's best to decide this at the beginning rather than changing it later. Don't be afraid to use the "Customize Current Theme" option at the bottom, to get the Prezi exactly how you want it.
When you click on anything it becomes framed (as shown here) to allow you to manipulate it. Use the hand to move it around, the + and - to make it bigger and smaller, the little circle that appears at the corners to rotate it. For text, double-clicking allows you to edit, change the color, font, etc.
In addition to the basics above, it is worth noting how you move around the canvas in edit mode in order to get to the objects you want to edit.
clicking and holding anywhere there isn't an object will then allow you to move the canvas around under your mouse pointer
zooming in and out is easily done with the mouse wheel.
Here are 8 tips to make a really good Prezi!
Create your structure first
It is difficult to create a Prezi on the fly, as you keep adding more and more things it can very literally spiral out of control.
It is easy to avoid this by jotting down on a piece of paper what you want to put in the Prezi, then arranging it into some kind of structure before you get as far as opening Prezi.
It is best to think about the look of the overall canvas right from the start because it is harder to tidy up and order everything once you have things set in their place. It is not necessary to show the whole canvas at once during your presentation, but it is a nice effect to let people see the whole thing, and then zoom them into different parts to tell a story.
Building a Prezi is like building a house: you design first, then you put in the foundation and then you build the house structure piece by piece.
Choose your theme early
Prezi allows you to choose from set themes (which dictate your color scheme, fonts, and style) or to customize any theme to create your own. What you can't do is mix and match throughout your presentation.
Your theme also has an influence on the size of everything, so it's important to pick your theme early and stick with it, designing your Prezi around its strengths and characteristics. If you decide to change your theme later, it may mean that your carefully aligned elements no longer fit together as well.
Position your materials
People often complain that Prezis make them "feel sea sick". This is avoidable if the designer positions the materials on his or her Prezi sympathetically, and plots a sensible path between them.
In this section on tips to make a Prezi, I am moving the presentation on a structured rather than haphazard fashion. We are moving vertically until we've read each tip, and then horizontally to move onto the next one. Hopefully this should ensure that people don't get any motion sickness.
A sure-fire way to make your audience feel ill, is to...
make random changes in perspective
move quickly between elements
and oscillate wildly around the canvas
There is no need to do any of this. Try to move around the canvas in a coherent fashion. Only include a couple of angle changes. And most important:
do not go upside down without a good reason!
Just because Prezi can do some amazing things does not mean that you need to use them all at once.
Understand Scale in your presentation
Many of the creative opportunities in Prezi come from the use of scale. The canvas is all but unlimited in size, between your biggest object and smallest - whatever you navigate to, or click on, will fill the screen when it zooms in anyway.
It is great to have at least one extreme change of scale, but that shouldn't become the a gimmick that you presentation relies on.
It is wise to make things bigger than you need to begin with, allowing you to make things smaller as you go.
Utilize frames and invisible frames
Frames are the way that you control what the viewer sees and how close up they see it
You can use visible frames to give the presentation structure
There are three different types of visible frames, each look different depending on you theme choice
Invisible Frames on the other hand do not get used as much but are actually much more useful.
The first main use is to control how far to zoom in on an object. It can be used to focus the audience's attention on certain things, or object grouped together. For example, just this chunk of text or the whole section on frames
Finally to give you a better idea of how frames work, here is a screen grab of this section view - all the grey squares and oblongs are hidden frames
Aim for a Uniform Style
Because the size and location of objects and text is controlled by sliding the mouse in Prezi, it can be tricky to acheive uniformity of style than with a set of slides where you can decide the font size will be 24 pt. For this reason Prezi highlights when two things are similiar, to help you make them the same
When you have selected some text and you are moving the mouse up and down to increase and reduce the font size of the text, whenever you it the point at which your text matches the size of some other text onthe canvas, the other text will highlight a darker color.
Ulimately, the easiest way to ensure a cohesive style is to literally copy and paste a text box and then edit it. So if you want text A to match text B, just copy a portion of text A and paste it into the new position, then edit text B to say what you would like. Same thing goes for positioning frames.
Plot a good path
The path of your prezi, how you get from one object to another, is very important for user interface. You can have a totally free form path, but most presentations need a path to walk through the presentation smoothly.
You can create a path by selecting "edit path" from the left side of the edit screen, and then clicking on the objects that you wish to navigate to in the order that you would like. As mentioned before making the path a logical sensible sequence is much better than jumping all over the canvas.
Here is what the path looks like in the edit mode.
Show some restraint
A vital tip is to not let your imagination run away with you when creating your Prezi. You can do all sorts of amazing things, but the best Prezis are often the ones that are 80% attractive but sensible, and 20% dazzling and amazing. If the Prezi is 80% crazy and wild then there is a danger people can become immune to the wow factor.
One Last Tip:
The most important thing is to always think about the audience ! Your Prezi should be about communication rather than showing off don't let the medium become the message!