Animations in Keynote are easy to apply and change, and it's easy to customize template that already have animations built into them in Keynote. I frequently grab custom themes from Envato Elements, which is an all-you-can-download subscription that includes tons of elements for creatives, including Keynote themes with animation. I'll show you how to customize animations in Keynote in this tutorial.
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Note: In this tutorial we use the Anim8 template. You can find more great Keynote presentation templates on Envato Elements, on GraphicRiver or in the article: 15+ Best Keynote Presentation Templates (For Mac Users).
How to Customize Animated Keynote Templates
Note: Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below, that complement this video.
1. Open Your Animated Keynote Template
Let's customize an animation in the Anim8 template, which really has an impressive set of animations built into it.
Now that I've got it downloaded and opened up in Keynote, let's look at how to customize it.
2. Open the Transitions Panel
On this slide, as I play the preview, you'll notice that the names come in on the slide in stages. But I'd rather them all animate on at the same time for simplicity.
You control Keynote animations by clicking on Animate, and then clicking on Build Order.
No matter what you want to change, this Build Order menu is where you can control it.
3. Resequence Animations
Drag and resequence or change the animations on this panel. For this example, let's Shift + Click to select them all, then change this to With Previous Build to animate them all together at the same time.
Let's also change the Delay time to 0 here so that there's no lag.
Now let's click Preview and you can see they all animate in together.
Customizing your Keynote animations is quick and easy to do, when you know how.
More Envato Tuts+ Keynote Tutorials
Learn more in our Keynote Tutorials on Envato Tuts+. We've got an assortment of PowerPoint material, such as these tutorials on controlling your PPT presentation animations:
- KeynoteWhat Is Apple Keynote?Sven Lenaerts
- KeynoteHow to Add Animated GIFs to Keynote (In 60 Seconds)Andrew Childress
- KeynoteHow to Use Keynote Slides (Layout Dimensions, Sizes, & Design)Andrew Childress
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