Section 10.4. Inserting Photos and Other Graphics

10.4. Inserting Photos and Other Graphics

You can insert just about any kind of graphic file into a Keynote slide. PICT, TIF, JPEG, PDF, GIF, and PSD are just a few of the graphics formats that Keynote accepts. You can drag them onto the slide canvas from a folder on your hard drive or from your iPhoto collection via the Media Browser. You can also create simple shapes right in Keynoteand use them as text containers if you like.

You're not limited to still images either. Keynote can display movies within a slideeither in a window or full-screen. Movie files you've stored in your Movies folder show up right in the Media Browser; otherwise , you can drag movies from other folders onto the slide canvas.

10.4.1. Using Photo Cutouts

Many Keynote slide masters contain photo cutouts into which you can drop photos or movies. These cutouts provide consistent picture size and placement from slide to slide, and act as masks for your photos. Keynote cutouts work differently from Pages picture placeholders. In Keynote, the slide background's an alpha-channel graphic a background image with a transparent area, or cutout , for the picture.

When you drop the picture into one of the photo cutouts, Keynote places it on a layer behind the background so that the pictureor a part of the pictureshows through the transparent window as shown in Figure 10-6.

If you drag in a small image, it may not fill the cutout frame. Drag one of its selection handles to resize it to fill the frame. (Though if it's that small, it's probably not going to look very good after you enlarge it. You should consider using a different image.)

If you drag a large imagesuch as a high-resolution picture from a digital camerainto the picture cutout, Keynote resizes it so that if it weren't behind the cutout, it would be just large enough to fill the slide. When you insert a picture this size into a picture cutout, you probably see only one selection handle floating off in the middle of the slide background somewhere. Even though most of the picture's hidden behind the background layer, you can still drag this selection handle to resize the picture. Click the picture inside the cutout to drag it into position so the part you want to see shows through.

Figure 10-6. When you drag a picture into a photo cutout, Keynote places it on a layer behind the cutout (top). You see its selection handles even if you can't see its edges. Drag one of those handles to resize the picture if you need to, and then drag the picture itself to position it behind the cutout (bottom).

10.4.2. Inserting Regular Photos

If you drag an image file into your slide and drop it anywhere other than in a photo cutout, it becomes a standard image, on top of the slide background. Drag one of its selection handles to resize it, drag the picture itself to reposition it, or hold down while you drag one of the selection handles to rotate it.

Although it's distinctly unpopular with Apple's theme designers, you can add an object placeholder to a slide if you open the Slide Inspector, click the Appearance tab, and turn on the checkbox for Object Placeholder. Keynote places an outline for the placeholder on the slide, which you can resize or reposition like any other object. Then, when you drag a picture into the object placeholder, Keynote resizes the picture so the whole picture shows within the object placeholder without any cropping.

Keynote handles these pictures the same way Pages handles pictures you drop into one of its image placeholdersyou get to see the entire picture no matter what the placeholder size is, and once you've added a picture, you can resize or reposition it. Photo cutouts, on the other hand, are designed to produce identically sized pictures on each slide, so when you move from slide to slide, the picture frames don't appear to jump around. See Section for more about object placeholders.

Whether you use an object placeholder or just drag a picture on the slide, you can manipulate and modify those pictures in any of the following ways:

  • Resize and reposition the image by dragging a selection handle or dragging the image. (See Section 4.3.3.)

  • Rotate the image by -dragging a selection handle or with the Metrics Inspec-tor's Rotate control. (See Section 4.3.6.)

  • Crop the image by masking, with the Mask button in the toolbar (see Section 4.3.8).

  • Add a border around the image with the Graphic Inspector's Stroke control (see Section 4.4.6).

  • Adjusts its opacity with the Graphic Inspector's Opacity slider (see Section 4.4.7).

  • Add a shadow to the image with the Graphic Inspector's Shadow controls (see Section 4.4.7).

  • Adjust the image's placement in front of or behind other objects with the Arrange menu (see Section 4.3.9).

  • Flip the image with the Metrics Inspector (see Section 4.3.6).

  • Align the image relative to other objects with the Arrange menu's Align and Distribute commands (see Section 4.3.4).

Tip: You can drag a picture or group of pictures directly to the slide NavigatorKeynote turns each into a slide using the master directly above your insertion point. Keynote places the picture on the top layer, so use the Arrange menu to send the picture to the back or just reselect the slide master if you want to add text boxes.This way is great if you want to make a quick slideshow. Start with a blank slide master and drag your pictures into position beneath it in the Navigator. If you're using pictures that are at least the resolution of your slides (usually 800 x 600 or 1024 x 768 pixels), and then Keynote inserts them full-frameno resizing needed.

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