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00:00 Welcome to the Spoken Tutorial on Slide Master and Slide design in LibreOffice Impress.
00:08 In this tutorial, we will learn how to apply:

Backgrounds for slides

Layouts for slides.

00:15 Here, we are using:

Ubuntu Linux 10.04 and LibreOffice Suite version 3.3.4.

00:24 Background refers to all the colors and effects applied to the slide which are present behind the content.
00:32 LibreOffice Impress has many background options that help you create better presentations.
00:38 You can even create your own custom backgrounds.
00:42 Let’s open the presentation "Sample-Impress.odp".
00:48 Let’s create a custom background for our presentation.
00:52 We shall also apply this background to all the slides in the presentation.
00:57 We shall use the Slide Master option to create this background.
01:02 Any change made to the Master slide is applied to all the slides in the presentation.
01:08 From the Main menu, click View, select Master and click on Slide Master.
01:15 The Master Slide appears.
01:17 Notice that the Master View toolbar is also visible. You can use this to create, delete and rename Master Pages.
01:27 Notice that two slides are displayed now.
01:31 These are two Master Pages that have been used in this presentation.
01:37 From the Tasks pane, click on Master Pages.
01:41 The Used in This Presentation field displays the Master slides used in this presentation.
01:48 The Master slide is like a template.
01:51 You can set formatting preferences here which are then applied to all the slides in the presentation.
01:58 First, from the Slides pane, let’s select Slide 1.
02:03 Let’s apply a white background to this presentation.
02:07 From the Main menu, click on Format and click Page.
02:12 The Page Setup dialog-box appears.
02:15 Click the Background tab.
02:18 From the Fill drop-down menu, select the option Bitmap.
02:24 From the list of options, select Blank and click OK.
02:29 The slide now has a white background.
02:32 Notice that the existing text color doesn’t show up very well against the background.
02:38 Always choose a color that is visible distinctly against its background.
02:43 Let’s change the color of the text to black. This will make the text clearly visible against the white background.
02:52 First select the text.
02:55 From the Main menu, click Format and select Character.
02:59 The Character dialog-box appears.
03:02 From the Character dialog-box, click Font Effects tab.
03:08 From the Font Color drop-down, select Black.
03:12 Click OK.
03:15 The text is now black in color.
03:18 Now, let’s apply a color to the slide.
03:21 Right-click on the slide for the context menu and click Slide and Page Setup.
03:27 From the Fill drop-down menu, select the option Color. Select Blue 8 and click OK.
03:36 Notice that the light blue color we selected, is applied to the slide.
03:42 Pause this tutorial and do this assignment. Create a new Master Slide and apply the color red as the background.
03:52 Let’s now learn how to add other design elements to this presentation.
03:57 For example, you can add a logo to your presentation.
04:01 Look at the Basic Shapes toolbar in the bottom of your screen.
04:06 You can use it to draw a variety of basic shapes such as circles, squares, rectangles, triangles and ovals.
04:16 Let’s draw a rectangle in the Title area of the slide.
04:21 From the Basic Shapes toolbar, click on Rectangle.
04:25 Now, move the cursor to the top left corner of the slide, in the Title area.
04:31 You will see a plus sign with a capital 'I'.
04:36 Hold the left mouse button and drag to draw a small rectangle.
04:41 Now, release the mouse-button.
04:44 You have drawn a rectangle!
04:47 Notice the eight handles on the rectangle.
04:50 Handles or control points are the small blue squares that appear on the sides of the selected object.
04:58 We can use these control points to adjust the size of the rectangle.
05:03 As you hover your cursor over the control point, the cursor changes to a double-sided arrow.
05:10 This indicates the directions in which the control point can be moved to manipulate the basic shapes.
05:17 Let’s enlarge this rectangle so that it covers the title area completely.
05:25 We can format these shapes too!
05:28 Right-click on the rectangle to view the context menu.
05:32 Here, you can choose various options to modify the rectangle.
05:37 Click on Area. The Area dialog-box appears.
05:43 In the Fill field, from the drop-down menu, choose Color.
05:48 Choose Magenta 4 and click OK.
05:52 The color of the rectangle has changed.
05:56 The rectangle has now covered the text.
05:59 To make the text visible, first select the rectangle.
06:03 Now, right-click to open the context menu.
06:07 Click on Arrange and then Send to back.
06:11 The text is visible again!
06:15 Here the rectangle has moved behind the text.
06:18 In the Tasks pane, click on the preview of the Master Page.
06:23 Right-click and select Apply to All Slides.
06:27 Close the Master View by clicking on the Close Master View button.
06:32 The formatting changes made in the Master are applied to all the slides in the presentation now.
06:39 Notice that the rectangle is also displayed in all the pages.
06:45 Let us learn to change the layout of the slide.
06:49 What are Layouts? Layouts are slide templates that are pre-formatted for position of content with place holders.
06:58 To view the slide layouts, from the right panel, click Layouts.
07:04 The layouts available in Impress are displayed.
07:07 Look at the layout thumbnails. It gives you an idea of how the slide will appear after the layout has been applied.
07:16 There are layouts with the titles and two-columnar formats, layouts where you can position text in three columns and so on.
07:24 There are also blank layouts. You can apply a blank layout to your slide and then create your own layouts.
07:32 Let’s apply a layout to a slide.
07:35 Select the slide "Potential Alternatives" and delete all text.
07:43 Now, from the Layouts pane on the right hand side, select Title, 2 Content over Content.
07:51 The slide now has three text-boxes and a title area.
07:56 Notice that the rectangle we inserted using the Master page, is still visible.
08:02 This rectangle can only be edited using the Master slide.
08:07 The settings in the Master slide override any formatting changes or layouts applied to slides.
08:15 Let’s enter content in these boxes now.
08:19 In the first text box, type: "Strategy 1 PRO: Low cost CON: slow action".
08:28 In the second text-box, type: "Strategy 2 CON: High cost PRO: Fast Action".
08:40 In the third text-box, type: "Due to lack of funds, Strategy 1 is better".
08:48 You can similarly choose the layout type that is most suited to your presentation.
08:54 This concludes this tutorial. In this tutorial, we learnt how to apply Backgrounds for slides, Layouts for slides.
09:03 Here is an assignment for you.
09:05 Create a new Master Slide.
09:08 Create a new background.
09:11 Change the layout to Title, content over content.
09:15 Check what happens when you apply a Layout to a Master slide.
09:20 Insert a new slide and apply a blank layout.
09:25 Use text-boxes and add columns to it.
09:29 Format these text-boxes.
09:32 Enter text in these boxes.
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