Keynote Skills: Creativity with Text as Keynote Shapes



This is a topic that I have taught to my Digital Storytelling students, but it may have greater effect as a coaching topic and resource for my fellow educators.

Over the past several years I have used Keynote to great effect in creating presentations, movies, visual effects, and other creative endeavors. This skill involves drawing and combining custom shapes in Keynote to create punch-outs in shape masks and create a stencil effect. This particular tutorial involves the three Keynote files that are attached below.

The video tutorial is embedded below, and the individual Keynote files are attached. I hope you can find new and creative ways for you and your students to express yourselves!


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October 23, 2022

Always enjoy seeing the creative things you make using Keynote!

October 23, 2022

Thanks for the downloads and helpful tutorial Ben! Such a cool effect for presentations and student projects!

October 25, 2022

Ben, thanks for sharing the letter shapes. Today while I was working with a Kindergarten teacher we used the letter shapes and created words: cat, pat, hat, pug (she had a pug dog). We combined the letters so they are one shape. Tomorrow in her class, students are going to select the word then go to image fill and take a photo to place into the shape. Example: for cat the students will find a texture in the classroom that represents the texture of a cat's fur and put it into the word shape. Lots of fun while they explore word recognition.

October 30, 2022

Love this extension/lesson idea from Ben's original video tutorial. Thanks for sharing with us, Gordon!

February 01, 2024

Thank you for sharing these, these are great for creating activities for little learners! I wish the shapes library had letters to use as shapes!

February 01, 2024

Also, has anyone else been able to download the Helvetic Neue vectors? Those won't download for me.

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