Prezi for Beginners

A workshop/course for everyone to learn to create beautiful and animated presentation using Prezi Next
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1hr 7min of on-demand video
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Create presentation slides


  • Basic computer skills


Hi! Welcome to Prezi For Beginners Course, the only course you need to understand the basics of Prezi Next presentation software.

What is Prezi?

Prezi is a Hungarian presentation software company founded in 2009, with offices in Budapest, Berlin, San Francisco, and Riga. The word Prezi is the short form of "presentation" in Hungarian.

Prezi is a presentation tool that can be used as an alternative to traditional slide-making programs such as PowerPoint. Instead of slides, Prezi makes use of one large canvas that allows you to pan and zoom to various parts of the canvas and emphasize the ideas presented there. Prezi supports the use of text, images, and videos and also provides a collection of templates to choose from to help new users get accustomed to the interface.

Use the arrow keys to navigate back and forth in the Prezi. You can also click and drag anywhere you want to go as well as zooming in and out. Try it out !!!

What is Prezi Next?

Prezi Next is a completely new presentation platform for Prezi. It is similar to the classic Prezi, however, there are major differences in the way the software works.

New Features

The new Prezi Next is not so different from the old one. You can do all the same things you could with the old version + it has a few new features and a lot more potential for development.

1) Topics & Covers

Topics are the most important improvements inside Prezi Next. Instead of adding a new slide anywhere inside the Prezi, you can add a new topic – this will be represented as a new circle (called Cover) with a title text on top of it. It is different from the classic Prezi because you can customize this topic and add many subtopics inside of it.

2) Navigation

With the addition of Topics to Prezi Next, it is now much better to navigate inside your presentation. You don’t need to follow the slide path anymore, instead, you can point your mouse onto a topic and zoom into that topic with your mouse wheel button, then go back to overview by scrolling with your mouse wheel backwards. And this all works super fast! You can just jump into any part of your presentation that you want to, without needing to remember any slide numbers. However the classic slide orders are still there, and if you want you can click through your presentation just like you did before.

3) Zoom Areas

The option to create classic Prezi presentation still exists in Prezi Next. For the classic zoom slide effects you can use the “Zoom Area” function, which is basically what you did before in Prezi. You can draw a new zoom area anywhere in your Prezi without using the new Topics function. The Zoom Area function was probably created to highlight certain areas in your Prezi by zooming in, but fortunately you can use this tool to create a very classic Prezi presentation.

When you enroll in this course, you will learn the following:

  • Creating account and login into Prezi Next

  • Set background picture

  • Adding text to Prezis slides

  • Add topics to Prezi canvas using Planet Topics

  • Add topics to Prezi canvas using Stack Topics

  • Add topics to Prezi canvas using Story Blocks

  • Adding sub-topics to Planet Topic

  • Adding sub-topics to STack Topic

  • Adding sub-topics to Storyblock

  • Adding image over a topic icon

  • Adding zoom area

  • Change path settings of presentation traversal

This course covers the very basics of Prezi Next.  Once you are done with this course, you will be confident to delve deeper into the more advanced features of Prezi Next.

Who this course is for:

  • college, graduate and post graduates


Technology Co-ordinator, AIIAS Leslie Hardinge Library
Mahruaii Swansi
  • 4.2 Instructor Rating
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  • 12,439 Students
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Mahruaii Swansi have taught various courses in IT and computer science in India, Ghana and the Philippines. Although she was born in north east India, she lived most of her life in Pune, Maharashtra, India and also taught IT and computer science at a university in Ghana, West Africa for a number of years. She, along with her husband and two teen age children are currently stationed in the Philippines.

She has a couple of publications in computer science, both at the national and international levels. 

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