Frames are a key component of the Prezi experience. Use them as placeholders for your content or to control exactly what your audience sees. Some other well known software may call them "slides," but as Prezi uses a 3D canvas, we decided to call them something else. Check out our video to learn more about using frames.
There are two ways to create frames: one-by-one using the left sidebar or through pre-set layouts containing either single or multiple frames. Check out this video to learn more about adding frames.
The simplest way is to add your frame from the left sidebar. Select your frame type and drag it to the canvas. This will also automatically add a new path to your prezi.
Using invisible frames
Invisible frames organize your content without the added visual of a normal frame. They are ideal for highlighting details on a large image or block of text and useful if you want to present your prezi without setting a predefined path.
In addition to inserting frames using the left sidebar or layout menu, an invisible frame can be added to your prezi by clicking Add current view when editing your prezi's path. This will create an invisible frame based on the actual view on your screen, and it will also add a step to your path.
Adding frames using layouts
You can also add frames from the “Insert” menu in the shape of layouts to help organize your information.
Click Insert from the top menu and then select Layouts....
A sidebar will appear giving you the choice of either a single or multiple frame layout. Click the thumbnail of your choice to insert that layout into your prezi.
For more information, check out our article on layouts.
Making Frames the same size
The easiest way to create a frame that is the same size as an existing frame is to use the CTRL+D (CMD⌘+D) keyboard shortcut. This keyboard shortcut will duplicate any content. For more on keyboard shortcuts, click here.
Changing size and orientation
Frames can be moved, made bigger or smaller, and rotated. When making such edits, your contents will also change accordingly.
To change the size or orientation, first select the frame. Make sure you are zoomed out far enough to view the whole frame to select it. When the frame is selected, you will see a blue box. Drag any corner to increase or decrease its size or to rotate it. Hold the ALT (⌥ OPTION for Mac) key while dragging or clicking on a frame to move, scale, or rotate it separately.
If you want to remove an object from a frame, drag it out of the frame at any time.
You can change the type (shape) of a frame by clicking on it and selecting the frame icon that appears in the Transformation Tool. Clicking this will bring up a drop-down menu of shape options as seen in the screenshot below.
To change color using the Transformation Tool
- Click on the frame you wish to edit to bring up the Transformation Tool.
- In the tool you’ll see a colored box. Click it to bring up the color palette.
- Choose the new color of the frame.
To change color using Themes
- Click Customize in the bar at the top of your canvas.
- Choose a theme from the right sidebar. Click through the choices and see how your prezi will change accordingly. If you change your mind, click Revert to Original.
- If you would like to customize the colors of your frames without using a theme or adjust the theme, click Advanced to bring up the “Theme Wizard.” Select Wizard in the lower left corner of the pop-up window.
- Click Next until you see the menu with frame shapes. Once you select a color, you’ll see a preview of what your selection looks like in combination with other elements of your prezi. After you’ve made your choices, click Done.
For more information on using themes, check out our article here.
Reusing frames (Favorites)
Saving frames for reuse
If you find yourself using the same frame in other prezis, why not save it? It’s simple.
There are two ways to save a frame for reuse.
- Click on the frame you want to save. Tap Favorite on the toolbar that appears above.
- Right-click on the frame you wish to save. Select Add to Favorites.
Reusing saved frames
Click Insert from the top menu. Choose Favorites to open your library of saved content. Select the frame you want to use, and drag it directly to your prezi canvas.
If you add a saved frame to a new prezi, your frame will match the current theme. For more on themes, click here.
Deleting frames from “Favorites”
In the “Favorites” sidebar, place your cursor over the thumbnail of the content you want to delete. A red “X” will appear. Click on it to remove the content from your favorites.
To select a frame before deleting it, make sure you are zoomed out far enough to view the whole frame. Check out our video tutorial to learn more about deleting frames.
Deleting a frame will also delete all the content within it. To delete just the frame, click the frame to bring up the Transformation Tool. Click on the frame icon and select Remove frame.
To delete a frame and its contents, select it and click Delete from the options that appear on the Transformation Tool. You can also right-click the frame and select Delete from the menu.
If you accidentally delete a frame, you can undo it using the “Undo” button on the left side of the top toolbar. You can also use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+Z (CMD⌘+Z for Mac).
Overview of Transformation Tool
For in-depth information on using the Transformation Tool, click here.