Welcome to Creativity on the Move and using Keynote for scrapbooking and memory-keeping on the iPad or iPhone. Today is all about colour, with a couple of downloads below, so please do help yourself :).
Themes and Colours
Keynote offers twelve 'themes', each of which has its own corresponding colour palette. There are always twenty-four plain colours, plus six gradients and six textures of some kind. Here's the one for Chalkboard, for example:
Expand the colour range with the opacity sllider
As layering is so easy in Keynote, you can take advantage of the Opacity Slider in Effects to generate further shades or hues you want, using the palette of colours inside your chosen theme:
Borrow colours from other themes
Keynote for the iPad and iPhone does not (yet) have a colour picker - annoyingly! However, there are easy ways of expanding the colour range of the theme you've chosen to work in. You can open any theme you choose, select a shape, pick a colour from its range (see Keynote 03 Shapes), then copy and paste it into the current theme you're working in. There, you can further change its size, border etc.
Doing that, however, depends on knowing or remembering which shades and hues are available in each theme. To avoid having to open each of the twelve themes and do the steps above, my solution (available to you too below) is to have all the colour palettes available in just one presentation called Colour Swatches. Into these I've copied and pasted coloured rectangles of all the colours from every theme. Open the presentation, scroll down the twelve slides on the left, and you'll see the colour palettes for each theme at a glance. These are not just for visual reference: they are active and 'live': you can tap to select and copy any coloured rectangle, then go back to your own presentation and paste it onto your slide - much quicker! (And if you want a different shape - like a circle - you will know which theme to open up.)
Within each theme, there is always the same option for text of white, black and several shades of grey. In addition, you can colour the text using any of the colours available within in that theme. As with coloured shapes (see above), you can borrow coloured text from any theme, but you will need to go into that theme, type some text, choose a colour, copy, paste etc. My quick workaround is here for you to download: a presentation with boxes of text in colours from all the themes. Just tap, copy and paste into your own presentation and type in your own journalling. (Remember, you can also use the opacity slider on text too).
Previous posts and files:
Creativity on the Move: The Map
Creativity on the Move: Managing Your Photos
Download COTMManagingYourPhotos (pdf)
Creativity on the Move: KN01Photos
Download KNAlexa01Photos (pdf)
Download AlexaShapedMasks (key)
Hoping these are useful to you, and please do let me know if anything is unclear or you have any queries and I will do my best to help. Next week, I'll show you how to combine and use shapes in Keynote to create some quick and easy scrapbooking elements which you might think can only be done in Photoshop :). in the meantime, happy exploring!