Keynote for iPad – Creating Builds to Reveal Text Part 4

Did you miss part 3? Keynote for iPad – Designing with Magic Move

The most common style of animation on a slide is a build, an animation that sequentially reveals the slide content. When used appropriately, builds can focus your audience’s attention on the current topic.

Builds are often used to reveal lines of text as you click. Some effects animate the entire text box at once; others break up the text by word or character before animating. All text animation is controlled within the Inspector window.

Design Tip
The key with text animation is to find a tasteful balance of animation that enhances the audience's concentration (as opposed to distracting them).

To Add a Text Build

Keynote offers several builds that can be applied to text. These range from subtle transitions that work well for bullet points to dramatic reveals for title slides.
1. Tap the animate button . Keynote prompts you to select a slide or object.

2. Tap the text on the Canvas that you want to animate.

Buttons appear near the object, indicating any build effect that has already been applied.

If no build effect has been applied, both the build in and build out buttons are labeled “None.”

3. You can now choose to add an effect that reveals (build in) or removes (build out) the text. Tap the “Build in” or “Build out” button, depending on how you'd like the text to move onto or off of the slide. The Build In or Build Out window appears.

4. Tap the name of an effect from the Build In or Build Out window. You can scroll to choose from any of 21 effects for text builds.
Once you choose an effect, a preview animation plays automatically. You can click the play button in the Build In or Build Out window to repeat the preview.

Customizing a Text Build

While the build animations are ready to use, Keynote does allow you to change the speed, timing, and order of a text build. These options give you greater control over your presentation.

Once you've selected an animation in the Build In or Build Out window, you can customize it.

  • To change the duration of a build, tap the Options button at the bottom of the Build In or Build Out window. You can then drag the duration slider to adjust the speed of the animation.

  • To specify when a build starts, tap the Options button at the bottom of the Build In or Build Out window. On Tap begins the animation when you tap the slide.
    After Transition lets you set a time interval with the Delay slider. You may need to scroll in the window to see all options.

  • To build a text block in segments, you can click the Delivery button. Depending upon how you've formatted your text, you'll see choices like All at Once, By Paragraph, or By Bullet.

The Delivery option is only available after you've applied a build in or build out effect.

Coming Soon Part 5 – Keynote for iPad – Animate a Chart, Graph, or Table on a Slide