Prezi Tutorial Table of Content
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Prezi Tutorial
Table of Content
What is Prezi
How to begin in Prezi
How do I create a new Prezi
To change the title or description of your Prezi
Borrow from other Prezis
Start from a template
Customize colors and fonts: Theme Wizard
Navigate the canvas
Get to know the Transformation Tool
Getting to know the Prezi editor
How do I rotate
Anchor yourself on the Canvas: The Home Button
Frame your content
Insert diagrams
Add symbols and shapes
Add URLS to your Prezi
Picture as a background image
Adding sound to your prezi
Path: navigate and rearrange with the Path sidebar
Edit Mode & Present Mode
Copying and Pasting
How to delete a Prezi
Five simple steps to a great Prezi
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What is Prezi?
Prezi is a U.S. software company, producing a cloud-based (SaaS) presentation software and storytelling tool for
presenting ideas on a virtual canvas. The product employs a Zooming User Interface (ZUI), which allows users to
zoom in and out of their presentation media, and allows users to display and navigate through information.
How to begin in Prezi:
1. Go to http://prezi.com
2. At the top right hand corner, underneath the password box, click on the sign up link.
3. In the first column that says public, go to the bottom and click get (free). Unless you would like advanced
features so pick either enjoy or pro (these cost money).
4. In order to get a Prezi login, the registration needs your name, email, and what you would like your
password to be.
5. In registration, type in the information, add the word password, and check the terms of use. Click Register
and continue.
6. Now, click on this link to learn about the basics of Prezi
https://prezi.zendesk.com/entries/23448918-Get-Started-with-Prezi
How do I create a new prezi?
How do I create a new prezi?
1. Go to your prezi library and click the '+ New prezi' icon and you'll start
up the online editor.
Note: A new prezi will begin its life without a title.
2. To add a title and a description, click the 'close' button in the top-right corner or the editor window. This will
save and exit your current Prezi session and take you to your
prezi's landing page.
3. From the landing page, you can edit your prezi's title
and description.
To change the title or description of your prezi:
1. Select a prezi from your prezi library.
2. To edit the Title of your prezi, hover your cursor over the title
and wait for the 'Edit' button to appear.
3. Click the button to start changing your title.
4. Follow the same steps to edit your prezi's description.
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“Borrow” from other prezis
On the Prezi Explore page you can find loads of great prezis from
which you can “borrow” content, animations or even sound effects.
Reusing content in this way allows you to share your ideas more
effectively and is a great way to get started with Prezi. To use content
from another prezi:
1. First select a reusable prezi you like from the Explore page
2. Click ‘Save a copy’ to place a copy of the prezi in your own
prezi library
3. From here, you can open the prezi and start putting your
own content into it.
4. Alternatively, cut and paste the elements you like into one of your own prezis.
Start from a template
When you create a prezi, you can choose from a
number of reusable templates or a blank canvas.
When you decide to use a template, you can edit
everything you see on the canvas just as if you were
creating your own prezi, including copying and
pasting pre-made content from other prezis or
applications.
Customize colors and fonts: Theme Wizard
Use the Theme Wizard to customize the colors of your prezi and to set your
font choices from Prezi's font library.
You can also create branded Prezi themes by adding custom colors to the
wizard. Paying users (Pro, EduPro, Enjoy, and EduEnjoy license holders) can
even add their own logo to a customized theme.
Navigate the canvas
Getting around your prezi canvas couldn’t be easier.
Zooming around: This is a key feature of Prezi, so
naturally we made it simple.
 You can zoom in and out by using your mouse’s
scroll wheel or by clicking the + and - symbols on
the right hand side of your screen.
Panning: To move your prezi canvas left, right, up, or
down.
 Hold down the left button of your mouse and
then move in the direction you want to go.
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Get to know the
Transformation Tool
In Prezi, the Transformation Tool is your
best friend. Once you add anything to
your canvas, click on it once to bring up
the Transformation Tool. Now you can
move, size, and rotate your content any
way you like. If you add a frame to your
prezi, you can click on it once to bring up
the Transformation Tool and move,
scale, or rotate everything inside.
Getting to know the Prezi
editor
The Prezi editor is the very heart of
the Prezi experience, it's the tool
that allows you to create wonderful
zooming prezis. This will look at the
question - "what do i need to do?"
so that so you can get to know the
editor and all its possibilities.
You can access the editor from any
Internet browser using your Prezi
account. Alternatively, if you are a Pro license holder, you can access the editor from Prezi Desktop.
The Prezi editor was created with ease of use in mind, and has a carefully selected and developed set of tools
that help you to develop and communicate your ideas. The key interface components of the editor are:
Zoomable Prezi Canvas. Place your texts, images, and videos here on the Prezi canvas. You can make them as
large or small as you want, and then use Prezi to help you navigate between them.
Top Menu.
 Left-hand side - From here, you can: present your prezi, save the prezi you are working on, undo your
most recent action, or redo something that you just undid.
 Center - Find all the tools you need to create prezi
presentations.
 Right-hand side - These buttons give you access to Prezi
Meeting, sharing options, and help, as well as the option to exit
(this will also save) your current Prezi session.
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Transformation Tool. This simple tool lets you easily manipulate objects on the zoomable space. Use the Tool to
increase and decrease the size of any selected object or text.
Text Boxes. Use these to write and stylize your text. You can click
the 'Template' button on the top menu to bring up the Theme
Wizard, which will allow you to edit your text choices in more
detail.
Home & Zoom Buttons. Anchor Botton – Zoom in and out, or get an overview by clicking the
home button.
Left Sidebar: Here you can navigate a sequential journey through your prezi canvas.
How do I rotate?
When Prezi replaced the Transformation Zebra with the Transformation Tool, one of the biggest changes was to
how objects are rotated on a prezi canvas. For more details on the Transformation Tool, you can click here. For
more on rotation, read on.
Rotation
To rotate any object (including invisible frames) on your
prezi canvas, simply click on it to bring up the
Transformation Tool and then hover your mouse
pointer over one of the four corners. You will see your
pointer change to an arrow icon, if you move your
mouse away from the object you have selected, you
will see the straight arrow change to a curved one. This
means you are ready to rotate your object. Click and
drag when you see the curved arrow icon to rotate
the object.
Anchor yourself on the canvas: The Home Button
To take a step back and get an overview of everything you've added so far (both in Edit and
Present mode), you can use the Home button on the right hand side of your screen (you can
find it just above the zoom + and - buttons). Clicking the Home button before you start making
prezi will also ensure that you're starting from the right place.
Frame your content
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Frames are a signature part of Prezi and a great way to manage your content. Frames work like slides and can be
used to group your ideas. Use frames to create a placeholder in your prezi and then add content to them.
Frames come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and you can change the color of them as well as their size and
position. The other great thing about frames is that once you place one on your prezi canvas, you can move,
size, and rotate it, and all the content within your frame will move, size, and rotate too.
Create frames:
1. Choose 'Frames & Arrows' from the top menu.
2. Then choose whether you want a circle, rectangle, bracket, or invisible frame.
Use frames to add animation and take your audience through your prezi.
Insert diagrams
Prezi has created layout drawings, diagrams, and charts that can help you better
communicate your ideas to your audience.
Quickly add content to your diagrams, and duplicate them (using the
right-click menu or keyboard shortcuts) to start filling your prezi with
inspiring content.
Add symbols and shapes
Click 'Insert' and then select the ‘Symbols and shapes’ icon at
the top of the screen to add shapes, lines, arrows, and more
to your prezi.
Insert rectangles, circles, and triangles to frame your
content. Alternatively, add symbols from a huge library or
purpose designed drawings to further enhance your prezi.
Add URLS to your Prezi
To put live links into your prezi, copy and paste the desired
URL into a text box. Then click away from the text box and
your link will become active (you will see it automatically
underline).
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Picture as a background image:
To get the picture as a background image:
1. increase the size of the image until it is the
desired size.
2. Right click
3. press the "send to back" option.
Note: if the image is not high resolution then it will be
pixelated when you are zoomed in.
Adding sound to your prezi
Adding sound to a prezi is a great way to enhance the presentation of your ideas. Sound can be particularly
useful for a prezi that you intend to embed on a website or play on a continuous loop. This feature was created
with voiceovers in mind and is therefore primarily intended to create a better presentation experience for prezis
that are displayed online without a presenter.
There are two kinds of sounds you can add to a prezi.
1. The first is a background track that will continuously play whenever your prezi is viewed.
2. Alternatively, you can add sounds to specific path steps. These will begin to play only when you reach the
chosen path step. They will stop playing when you move to the next path step.
*Important Note: Currently, prezi supports the following audio file formats: MP3, M4A, FLAC, WMA, WAV, OGG,
AAC, MP4, 3GP.
To add a background track to a prezi:
1. Select 'Insert' from the top menu.
2. Click on 'Add Background Music'.
3. Browse to the location of the file you want to use and
upload it into your prezi.
4. Once you have selected your background track, you
will see it start to upload into your prezi.
5. Once the process is completed, you can click the triangle to play the track, or click 'Done' to continue editing
your prezi.
6. You can stop the upload before it has completed
using the 'Cancel' button.
7. Your background track will now start playing
when you enter Present Mode. It
will continuously play as long as the prezi is open
in Present Mode.
8. To remove the track from your prezi, select the
track where it appears in the Left Sidebar, and
then click on the trashcan icon.
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To add a sound to a path step.
1. From the Left Sidebar, click on the thumbnail for the path
step you want to add sound to.
2. Then select 'Add voice-over to Path Step' from the 'Insert'
menu.
3. Alternatively you can right-click on the path step's thumbnail and
select 'Add Sound to Path Step'.
4. Browse to the location of the file you want to upload.
5. Once you have selected your sound file, you will see it start to
upload into your prezi.
6. Once the process is completed, you can click the triangle to play
the track, or click 'Done' to continue editing you prezi.
7. You can stop the upload before it has completed using the
'Cancel' button.
8. The sound will play every time you reach the path step when in
Present Mode.
9. Adding sound to path steps or as a backing track will
cause a play button and mute control to appear as part
of the playback interface.
10. You can use these to play your prezi and mute the
sounds you have inserted. These will also appear when
a prezi is embedded into a website.
11. To remove a sound from a path step, select the path
step thumbnail from the Left Sidebar, click on the
sound's filename at the top of the thumbnail, and then
select the trashcan icon.
12. If you want to see the full name of the sound file that you have attached to a path step, hover over the
name of the track as it appears at the top of the thumbnail in the Left Sidebar.
13. If you want to replace the sound file you have assigned to a path step with a different file, right-click on the
thumbnail and select 'Replace Sound on Path Step'.
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Path: navigate and rearrange with the Path sidebar
When presenting your ideas, it can sometimes help to have a clear narrative that takes your
audience through your prezi. With the Left Sidebar, you can create a journey from one idea to the
next. Edit your path and its points in Edit mode and take your audience along that path in Present
mode.
1. To set your path, click the pencil icon on the left-hand side of screen.
2. Then click on the objects in your prezi canvas in the order you wish them to appear.
You can also use the sidebar to rearrange and delete path points or to zoom to a specific path
point.
Edit Mode & Present Mode
In Prezi, there are two modes: Edit Mode
and Present Mode.
Edit Mode:
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Designed for creating and changing everything within your prezi.
Edit Mode displays all of the buttons and controls that you need for editing your prezi at the top of the
screen.
You can find the Left Sidebar for editing your prezi's path on the left-hand side.
By default, Prezi starts up in Edit Mode.
In this mode, Prezi won't zoom around when you click on
objects.
You can zoom around your canvas using the buttons on the
right of the screen or by using your mouse.
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Present Mode:
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Designed for presenting and for fast navigation between items in a prezi.
All the menus are automatically hidden, which gives you a clean
presentation space.
You can click on objects to zoom in on them and then click empty space in
the background to zoom out.
The forward and back arrows at the bottom of the screen will take you along your prezi's path. You can
achieve the same result by pushing the left and right arrows on your keyboard.
The home and zoom buttons remain on the right-hand side. However, they will automatically hide. To bring
them back, just move your mouse toward the right-hand side of the screen.
How to move between Edit and Present modes:
By default, Prezi starts in Edit Mode. To switch to Present Mode simply click the 'Present' button in the top-left
corner of the screen.
To return to Edit Mode, you can click the X at the bottom right of the screen. If you can't see the X it's because
the menu has autohidden it: hover the mouse over the bottom part of your screen and it will reappear.
You can achieve the same result by hitting the ESC key on your keyboard.
Copying and pasting
Duplicating objects:
1. Click on the text or object that you wish to duplicate.
2. Press Ctrl+D (command+D on Macs) to duplicate it.
To copy or duplicate multiple items, hold down the Ctrl key (command
on Macs) and click on each item, or hold down the SHIFT key and drag
your cursor around the objects you want to select.
Copying and Pasting within a prezi:
Use Ctrl+C (command+C on Macs) to copy any object or piece of text to your clipboard and Ctrl+V (command+V
on Macs) to paste into your prezi.
Copying and Pasting between prezis:
You can also paste content from one prezi into another using the keyboard commands above (it doesn't matter
if you close the prezi you are copying from before you paste into the second prezi).
Duplicating prezis (save a copy)
How to duplicate a prezi:
Select a prezi from your prezi library and scroll to the options that come on
the landing page (these options are not available from within the editor).
From the toolbar of options, click on 'Save a copy' to duplicate your
prezi. When you click on 'Save a copy', a duplicate of the prezi will be saved
as the first prezi in your prezi library. To change the title of this prezi just
follow the steps described here.
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How to delete a Prezi
If, for any reason you want to remove a prezi from your library, you can do this anytime.
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Go to your prezi library, find the prezi you want to delete, and
click on it.
To delete a prezi from your library, click on the trash can icon in
the bottom-right corner of the screen.
You can even delete a prezi directly from your Prezi library page without
having to bring up the prezi's landing page. From your library page, locate
the prezi you want to delete and hover your mouse over the thumbnail of
that prezi. You will see two icons appear at the top of the thumbnail. Click the trash icon to delete the prezi.
Five simple steps to a great Prezi
Mastered the basics? It's time to take your prezis to the next level. Use
the tips below to do even more cool things with your prezi.
1. Reduce clutter with invisible frames
Invisible frames help you organize your content without the added
visual of a conventional frame. They are ideal for highlighting details on
a large image or block of text. Invisible frames are also really useful if
you want to present your prezi without setting a predefined path.
To add an invisible frame to your prezi, select ‘Draw Invisible Frame’
from the ‘Frames & Arrows’ option on the top menu.
Then click on the canvas and drag your cursor around the content you
want to put in your invisible frame. Invisible frames appear with a faded
blue outline.
Invisible frames can also be added to your prezi if you click on 'Add
current view' when editing your prezi's path. This will generate an
invisible frame based on the actual view that is currently filling your screen,
and it will also add a step to your path.
Layer text and objects: send backward, bring forward
The ability to send objects backward or bring them forward allows you
to layer items in your prezi. This is particularly useful when you have
a frame around several items or a background image that overlaps
with objects in your prezi. To Send Backward or Bring Forward, bring
up the Transformation Tool by clicking once on the object you want to
move forward or back and then right-click on it to access the
secondary editing options.
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2. Use size and rotation to convey meaning
In Prezi, you can use size and rotation to emphasize a point. You
already know how to use the Transformation Tool to make your main
points larger and the details smaller.
To take your prezi to the next level, you can rotate text and objects
to help the audience visually experience the circularity, curvature,
and, of course, rotation contained within your prezi.
Rotation is a great method for representing nonlinear concepts such as turning a corner or looking at something
from a different angle.
3. The projector aspect ratio: drawing 4:3 frames
If you are going to use a projector to present your prezis, you can plan ahead while you’re creating. Most laptops
are widescreen, but most projectors use the 4:3 aspect ratio. To draw frames in this aspect ratio, hold down the
SHIFT key while drawing a frame (bracket or rectangular) to keep it at the 4:3 ratio. Then you will know exactly
how your prezi will appear when projected.
4. Make your transitions smoother
Creating smooth transitions from one path point to the next is an essential part of creating a good prezi. Some
general tips include:
1. Don’t overdo rotation - it could make your audience a little nauseous.
2. Show an overview at regular intervals to give your audience some context.
3. Create path points that are not long distances apart. Zooming and rotating from one side of the canvas
to another can be disorienting for the people watching
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