Learn Keynote Fast
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Learn Keynote Fast

Create Keynote presentations FAST. No fluff, no padding. Just what you need to know to learn as fast as possible.
4.8 (46 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
255 students enrolled
Created by Laurence Kim
Last updated 8/2015
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 7 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create great looking Keynote slides
  • Format text and graphics
  • Add audio and video files
  • Add transitions and animations
  • Create Shapes, Tables and Charts
  • Export the presentation in multiple formats
  • Master presentation best practices
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  • An Apple computer
  • Keynote software program

Learn Keynote FAST

Do you want to learn how to make great presentations using Keynote but dread the thought of going through a 4 hour course that goes over every button and menu item in excruciating detail?

***Keynote Version 6.5.3 is used throughout this course***

If so, this course is for you.

In this course you'll learn all of the basics required to make great Keynote slides, including:

  • slide creation
  • theme selection
  • formatting text and images
  • transitions and animations
  • adding video and audio
  • recording slideshows
  • tables and charts
  • exporting presentations in multiple formats

I've spent 10 years as a professional trainer and I know the teaching methods that work. The course has no fluff and no padding. It's a quick, no-nonsense approach to learning the Keynote functions you really need to make great presentations.

You'll learn one simple concept at a time in bite-sized chunks. That's the quickest way to learn software programs.

Here's a comment from one of the students in my other Udemy courses:

Really great way to get started. I really love the short and sweet sections of this course. The author has a really great voice to listen to, that combined with the short to the point lectures really made it a breeze for me to finish it really fast.

I'll also stay with you every step of the way by responding very quickly to questions asked the discussion section of the course.

Go ahead and take Learn Keynote FAST!

Who is the target audience?
  • Students who want to learn to create great Keynote slides quickly
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
Welcome to Learn Keynote FAST
1 Lecture 02:21

Welcome to the course! Here's an overview of what we'll be covering.

Preview 02:21
Basic Concepts
3 Lectures 08:27

Should you use the standard 4:3 aspect ratio or the wide 16:9? In this lecture we discuss how to choose the best aspect ratio for your project.

Standard Versus Wide

Should you use a dark background or a light one? This lecture clears up the confusion.

Light Versus Dark

You should strive to keep your slides as simple as possible. When in doubt, make them even simpler!

Keep Your Slides Simple
Basic Slide Creation
5 Lectures 09:11

Step 1) create a new presentation, give it a name, and save it to the proper location.

Start and Name a New Presentation

Suppose you already started working on a presentation and now you want to switch themes. Here's how to do it.

Changing Your Theme
1 page

In this lesson we create a super simple 4 slide presentation.

Create a Simple Presentation in 5 Minutes

How to make changes to a master slide.

Editing a Master Slide

Watch and replicate is the fastest way to learn. Please take the time to pause the course and perform the following exercise.

Exercise #1
Formating Text and Images
6 Lectures 18:40

How to format your text for font, point size, bold, italics and color.

Basic Text Formatting

How to move and align text and image elements. Super easy.

Moving and Aligning Text and Images

Now we can get a little fancy by adding borders, shadows and fills to our text box.

Adding Borders, Shadows and Reflections to Text

How to add borders/shading to images as well as making editing adjustments.

Adjusting Images

How to use the arrange function to further adjust text and image boxes.

Arranging Text and Images

Your second exercise. Please don't skip this!

Exercise #2
Shapes, Tables and Charts
5 Lectures 20:33

How to create and insert shapes and lines into your presentation.

Preview 03:50

Creating and formatting a data table.


Creating and formatting basic 2D charts.

Charts: Part 1

3D and Interactive Charts

Preview 05:12

Your third exercise. Remember not to skip these exercises!

Exercise #3
5 Lectures 08:03

Adding hyperlinks to a presentation.


How to add, edit and adjust a video clip to a Keynote slide.

Adding Video Clips to a Slide

How to add an audio clip to a Keynote slide.

Adding Audio to a Slide

How to add an audio soundtrack over your entire presentation.

Adding an Audio Soundtrack

Your fourth exercise. Keep it going!

Exercise #4
Animations (Transitions and Builds)
5 Lectures 15:09

How to add transition effects between slides.

Preview 04:21

How to combine elements into a single group. This will make your life much easier!


How to create "build" animations. This is a very useful function that you'll end up using all the time.

Build Animations

How to add actions animations.

Action Animations

Exercise #5. We're almost done!

Exercise #5
Page Numbers, Comments and Presenter Notes
4 Lectures 05:57

How to add page numbers to slides.

Adding Page Numbers

How to add comments to your presentation.


How to add and use presenter notes for your presentation.

Presenter Notes

Exercise #6.

Exercise #6
Recording and Exporting Your Finished Presentation
4 Lectures 12:34

How to make your presentation run automatically.

You might want to use this option for kiosks, trade show booths, or other situations where the presentation will run on its own.

Setting Up Your Presentation to Automatically Play

How to record a Keynote presentation with your voiceover.

Recording a Presentation With a Voiceover

Using a Keynote presentation in its native format might not always be the right option. For example, the person you're sending the presentation to might not have Keynote! That's where different export options come in. This lesson will cover the basic exporting options.

Exporting a Presentation

Exercise #7 - your final one!

Exercise #7
Final Thoughts
2 Lectures 03:53

Here are some best practices for your Keynote presentation - or for that matter, any presentation.

Best Practices

What we've learned, and how to keep the learning moving forward.

Course Wrap Up
About the Instructor
Laurence Kim
4.7 Average rating
203 Reviews
1,390 Students
8 Courses
Photographer, Small Business Coach and Teaching Expert

I've been teaching people from both Fortune 500 companies as well as individual entrepreneurs for more than 10 years. Throughout my career, I've been a Vice President in a major financial services firm, a freelance professional photographer, and a small business coach.

I've taught topics such as sales, marketing, software and business development. I've delivered approximately 2,000 training sessions during my career, both to individuals and to groups.

Now I want to bring my training experience to a world-wide audience through Udemy.