master the Magic Move tool

Mac Format - - IMPROVE -

1 Pre­pare the ini­tial slide

Set up your first slide. Any ob­ject you place on it can be an­i­mated us­ing the Magic Move tool, but re­mem­ber the ‘less is more’ mantra of good de­sign; don’t clut­ter the slide with too many com­pet­ing el­e­ments. Next, se­lect the slide in the nav­i­ga­tor on the left and press ç+d to du­pli­cate it.

2 An­i­mate im­age

The new slide should be se­lected by de­fault. If you’re an­i­mat­ing an im­age or a shape, se­lect it and then drag it to its de­sired ‘end’ po­si­tion. You can also re­size it us­ing its drag han­dles, and ro­tate it by hold­ing ç when drag­ging them – Key­note will smoothly an­i­mate any changes you make.


Cre­ate text ef­fects

You can also ap­ply Magic Move to text, to move, re­size and ro­tate it just like you would an im­age. You can also make changes to the text it­self: ap­ply stylis­tic changes such as bold or italic, or an­i­mate the text it­self by word or char­ac­ter us­ing the Match set­ting (see the ‘Word Play’ tip about ana­grams).


Ap­ply Magic Move ef­fect

Once your ob­ject is in its end po­si­tion, se­lect the first slide again in the nav­i­ga­tor. Open the An­i­mate in­spec­tor, click Add an Ef­fect and choose Magic Move. If it doesn’t au­to­mat­i­cally show a preview of the ef­fect, which can take some time to gen­er­ate, click the Preview but­ton to see it.


Change ef­fect at­tributes

The ef­fect can be cus­tomised. All an­i­ma­tions last two sec­onds by de­fault – al­ter this us­ing the Du­ra­tion slider. Leave Fade Un­matched Ob­jects ticked to smoothly re­move (or in­tro­duce) ob­jects that aren’t on both slides. The Match op­tions of By Word and By Char­ac­ter ap­ply to text only.


Tweak ac­cel­er­a­tion set­tings

By de­fault, Ac­cel­er­a­tion is set to Ease In & Ease Out, which means the an­i­ma­tion smoothly speeds up at the start and slows down at the fin­ish. Chang­ing it to Ease In will give you an abrupt fin­ish, while Ease Out makes it start abruptly. Choos­ing None gives a con­stant speed for the du­ra­tion.


Set tran­si­tion start

The Start Tran­si­tion item de­ter­mines whether the Magic Move tran­si­tion starts as soon as you ad­vance from the pre­vi­ous slide (with an op­tional de­lay) or, as is the de­fault set­ting, when you click. When done, move on to the next Magic Move ef­fect in your se­quence by adding more slides.


Smart an­i­ma­tions

Each Magic Move tran­si­tion al­lows an ob­ject to move from one point to another. To move it more than once, cre­ate more slides with Magic Move ef­fects for each step of the jour­ney. For ex­am­ple, you’ll need two Magic Move tran­si­tions to move an ob­ject from left to right and back again.

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