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How to create a Classic-style presentation with Prezi Present

Even though the Prezi Classic editor is being retired due to the discontinuation of Adobe's Flash technology, you don't have to worry: all your Classic presentations are safe, thanks to our new tool, Prezi Present! You'll be able to view all of your presentations in Prezi Present and what's more, you can also convert and edit them or even create Classic-style presentations. We took over the best Classic features to Prezi Present and added a few extra functionalities that you might find helpful and will hopefully love using in the future. 

Creating a Classic-style presentation from scratch

The secret of Prezi Present lies in the ability to create multiple levels within a presentation with the help of topics and subtopics you can zoom into to give depth and structure to your content. However, if you'd rather go for a layout where all your content is mapped out on the canvas (what you're used to in Prezi Classic), you can also achieve it in Prezi Present.

When creating a presentation in Prezi Classic, you put your content on a zoomable canvas and create a path which is the order of the content/groups of content will be presented in. 


Then, you go to Present mode where you zoom to each frame added to your path as you move along in your presentation. 


To create a similarly designed presentation in Prezi Present, choose Start from scratch from the Prezi Present dashboard. 

Pro Tip: We are also working on bringing the most popular Classic templates to Prezi Present where you just have to add your content to create a presentation that looks exactly as if it was created in Prezi Classic.

The Prezi Present editor will open in a separate tab. Start with deleting the one topic added by default as you're not going to use topics in a Classic-style presentation. Select the topic on the canvas and press BACKSPACE/DELETE on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can also right-click (CTRL/CMD+click) and select “delete” from the context menu.


Add your own background image or search in the Unsplash image library for a visual that best fits your presentation. Alternatively, you can also select a background color at the bottom of the Change Background sidebar. 


Next, it's time to give a title to your presentation. Edit the text box added by default or add text to the canvas by clicking Insert in the top toolbar, then choosing Text. You can also change the font, text size, color etc. in the context toolbar. 

Adding content

Next, add all the content you'd like to use in the presentation to the canvas. Use Insert in the top toolbar to add text, images, videos, icons etc.


Using zoom areas

Now that you have all your content mapped out on the canvas, it's time to add you frames, aka. the individual views that you show in each presentation step. You can easily do that by adding zoom areas to the canvas, covering all the objects you'd like to include in a presentation step. Click the arrow next to the Topic button in the left sidebar and choose Zoom area to add it to the canvas. You can then move, resize and even rotate the zoom area.


Creating and saving frames

If you prefer to add visual frames to your path steps, you can do so in Prezi Present as well! In Prezi Classic, you could only use brackets and circles as frames, but in Prezi Present anything including icons, lines and shapes can be used as a frame. Simply add your frame to the zoom area and customize it as you wish. Set the fill color of the shape to zero opacity and increase the border to create a frame. 

Pro Tip: To make editing content within a frame later on easier, right click on your visual frame and choose Send it to back.


While you cannot find the Classic bracket among the shapes, you can create one by using several lines. If you'd like to use this type of frame in other presentations, you can also save and add it to your own Library and use it from there in the future to save time while creating a presentation. 


Setting the path and adding a custom starting point

The last step is setting the path: you can reorder the steps by dragging them in the left sidebar, just as in Classic. You can also set a custom starting point if you'd like to include a big reveal and start the presentation zoomed on a frame, and only then reveal the overview. Click the three dots on the frame's thumbnail and choose Set custom starting point. Then, click the arrow next to the Topic button and add a Zoom out to overview animation after the starting frame. 


Et voilá! You have a presentation that can be easily mistaken for a Prezi Classic presentation.

To learn more about all the Classic features you can find and use in Prezi Present as well while creating your presentation, please check this article.



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