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Introduction to Prezi: Adding Content

Moving, Adjusting and Rearranging Content

Content (shapes, images, frames, etc.) is now adjusted using the Transformation Tool.  You are using the Transformation Tool when a blue box appears around an object you are working with in your Prezi.

The [+] increases the size and the [-] decreases the size.  The [hand] allows you to move the object

To rotate the object, hover over one of the square corners until the rotate arrow appears:

To save an object to use with other Prezi's or other frames, click on the favorite button.

To delete the object click the trash can button labeled [Delete] above the blue box. 

Adding Text?

Click anywhere on the Prezi canvas to add text.  


When you are adding your own text, it defaults to "Body" text.  You can change this by highlighting your text and selecting [Title] or [Subtitle].  The appearance of the text depends on the chosen template and theme.  

You can increase or decrease the size of the text using the [A] buttons.  You also have additional formatting like bullets, alignment, and font.


If you are using a template, replace "Click to add text" with your text.

Adding Video?

Two way to insert video into Prezi.  Click "Media" and select one of the following:

From File: Upload a video from your computer.  Size is limited to 50MB.  Many file formats are accepted (.mov, .mpg, .wmv, etc.).  The FLV format is suggested.  

From YouTube:  Add the link to a YouTube video.  You will need an Internet connection to play YouTube videos when presenting.  

See Prezi's Inserting Video Files for more details on either of these options.  


Once inserted, you can move and re-size video files with the Transformation Tool just like you can manipulate images and text. 

Adding Images

Two ways to insert images into Prezi.  Click "image..." and select one of the following:


From Google Image Search: After selecting, a search box will appear.  Search for the image you would like to add to your Prezi.  Hit enter or click the magnifying glass to search.  The results will below the search box.  You can scroll through and select the image you would like to add.  Drag the image onto your canvas. 

From Your Computer: After selecting, click "Select Files" and pick an image from your computer to insert.  Prezi currently accepts JPG, PNG, GIF, and SWF formats with a maximum size of 2880 x 2880 pixels.  If your JPG images is larger than the specified size, Prezi will ask you to re-size your image.   Prezi does not accept GIF or SWF animations.


You can adjust images using the Transformation Tool.  After you have inserted an image, you can [Crop], [Favorite], or  [Delete] the image if necessary using the Transformation Tool.  You can also rotate or re-size the image.

Prezi also has an effects button for images.  With that you can create filters, frames, or enhance the image.

Adding Symbols & Shapes

Prezi also has shapes and symbols you can insert.

There are several different styles you can use for you symbols.

Once you choose a style, you can search or browse for symbols When you find one, drag it onto the canvas.

Additional Media to Insert

You can also add in background music, a voiceover to paths, or slides from a PowerPoint presentation.

Creative Commons

Content which has a Creative Commons license is free to download, adapt, distribute, and transmit without having to ask permission.  Depending on the license, however, there may be certain conditions: you may only be able to use the content for educational purposes, you may have to give attribution, etc.  (Licensing characteristics can be found to the left of this box).  Because licenses vary, always be sure to check the exact terms of the license before using an image.

 Attribution   Attribution: others can use the work however they like, so long as they give credit

No Derivative Work   No Derivative Work: other can copy, display, or perform your work, but it must be verbatim

Non-Commercial   Non-Commercial: other can use your work, but for non-commercial purposes only

Share Alike   Share Alike: others can distribute derivative works, but only under the same terms as the original license

For additonal information about Copyright and Fair Use, please ask a librarian.


The information about Copyright and Creative Commons Licenses is informational.  It is not legal advice. 

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