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Keynote '09: Making Objects Fade, Rotate, Grow, or Shrink

Making Objects Fade, Rotate, Grow, or Shrink

Use action builds to make objects rotate, change opacity (transparency), or size.

To make an object change its size, orientation, or opacity:
  1. Click Inspector in the toolbar and click the Build inspector button.

  2. Click Action.

  3. On a slide, select an object (an image, shape, text box, chart, movie or other media file, or table).

  4. Choose an option from the Effect pop-up menu, and then specify how the object should look when the transformation is complete:

    • To make the object fade (or to intensify a faded object), choose Opacity from the Effect pop-up menu, and then use the Opacity slider or field to set the object’s final opacity. Choose an acceleration style from the pop-up menu, and then set a duration in the field; a shorter duration means the object’s opacity will change more quickly.

    • To rotate the object, choose Rotate from the Effect pop-up menu, and then choose a Direction from the pop-up menu. Set an angle in the Rotate field to specify how much you want the object to turn. Choose an acceleration style in the pop-up menu, and then set a duration in the field; a shorter duration means the object will turn faster.

      You can make an object spin around once by setting an angle of 360º. Setting an angle that’s a multiple of 360º will make the object spin around multiple times.

    • To shrink or expand the object, choose Scale from the Effect pop-up menu, and then use the Scale slider or field to set the object’s final size (up to 200 percent). Choose an acceleration style from the pop-up menu, and then set a duration in the field; a shorter duration means the object will change size more quickly.

To resize or rotate an object as it moves across the slide:
  1. Click Inspector in the toolbar and click the Build inspector button.

  2. Click Action.

  3. On a slide, select an object (an image, shape, text box, chart, movie or other media file, or table).

  4. Choose Move from the Effect pop-up menu.

    On the slide canvas, a red line connected to a “ghosted” (transparent) version of the object appears, showing the object’s destination.

  5. Drag the ghosted object to its destination on the slide canvas. (For detailed instructions on how to specify a motion path, see Moving an Object Across a Slide.)

  6. Do either or both of the following:

    • To shrink or expand the object, resize the ghosted object by dragging its selection handles (as you would with an ordinary object). The new size of the ghosted object should represent the final size you want the object to have.

    • To rotate the object, hold down the Command key while holding the pointer over a corner of the object’s bounding box. When the pointer turns into a curved arrow, drag the corner of the bounding box to rotate the object (as you would with an ordinary object). The new position of the ghosted object should represent the final orientation you want the object to have.

  7. If you want the object to continue its motion along a new path segment, click the Add Path button and specify the path.

After an object and all its paths have been deselected, they’re no longer visible on the slide canvas. You can see them again by clicking the Show Path button on the object, which appears as a small red square with a black dot inside.

Related Topics
About Animating Objects on Slides (Action Builds)
Moving Objects on or off Slides Using Builds
Reordering Object Builds
Automating Object Builds
Last Modified: Jul 27, 2012
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