How to customise Keynote slides
Mac Tip #453, 08 September 2010
You may like to change colours, fonts or images on an individual Keynote.app slide, or for all slides in a Keynote Theme. Here’s how.
Keynote.app comes with a number of ready-made Themes. A Theme is a collection of slide masters, where the layout, fonts, colours and so on have been set up for you.
For example, the White and Black themes are very similar, but the White theme uses dark text on a white background, where the Black theme puts white text on a dark background. Other Themes offer various colour and font combinations.
When you choose a particular theme you’re choosing to use the fonts, colours and layout the theme provides.
Change individual slides
In my previous Tip I set up a Keynote file based on the Vellum theme. The Title slide uses two fonts: one for the slideshow title and one for my name.
The Title is 50 point Gill Sans Light in a particular shade of grey. And even if I type in lower case, the title appears in all caps.
The subtitle is 20 point Bradley Hand IT bold, and similarly all caps.
To change the font, weight, or size, use the pop-up menus in the Toolbar. If necessary, choose
Show Format Bar from the
Select the text you wish to change and then choose the font, weight and size you need.
Notice that the Format Bar offers various other possibilities too, such as colour and alignment.
Change text margins and more
Select some text and call up the Inspector.
There’s a button on the Toolbar for this, or choose
View Inspector from the
View menu. An Inspector window appears, with several tabs. Click on the
Text tab, represented by the letter
In the Text Inspector are several more Tabs: Text, Columns and Bullets.
The options on these text tabs allow you to set many characteristics of the selected text, such as paragraph spacing, character spacing, the type of bullet character, colour, and many more.
Hover over a button or slider and a Tooltip appears with information about what it does.
Use those options to make the text in your slide match how you want it to appear.
When you change the text on an individual slide it affects only that slide. What say you like most of a particular Theme, except the font, or a certain colour? You can change those things too, so that they affect every slide in your slideshow.
You must make your changes on the
Master Slides as they provide the templates for all your slides.
Change Master Slides
Show Master Slides from the
View menu. A new section called
Master Slides appears at the top of the lefthand column.
The Master Slides section contains a dozen or so thumbnails of slides of all different types: Title slides, bullet points, slides with images, blank slides and so on.
Select the Master Slide you wish to edit and use the Toolbar buttons or Inspector window options to make the changes you need.
Any changes you make will be reflected in all slides that use that particular Master as a template.
Note that if you’ve separately modified an individual slide already it may not reflect changes you make to its Master Slide.
To have an image, for example a logo or watermark, appear on all slides in your slideshow, add it to the Master Slides.
In the next Tip we’ll look at
Placeholder text and images, that reserve a space for an image or text without defining exactly what that image or text will be.
Tell us in the Comments about your experiences with Keynote.