Thinking Differently with Pop Art

Here’s my take on a classic image through the lens of Pop Art:


Gif of a man leaning on an iMac G3 with arms crossed. The image slowly transitions to Pop Art style with vibrant colors
Pop Art gif created in Keynote with transitions
I took inspiration (aside from the pose) from the Create Lessons that Pop activity, which can be found here:

After deciding on an image and pose, I wanted to include some type of green screen effect. While this could have been done with 2 video clips and iMovie, I chose instead to use Keynote and transition effects. The process (with screenshots) is detailed below.

Start with a blank presentation. Tap the presentation name to edit the slide size and choose square. This makes it easier to not only resize images that are added, but keep image consistency when they are added to the slide.  

Screenshot of a Keynote slide deck showing the menus necessary to format the slide to the square aspect ratio
Editing the slide layout
Now you are ready to add two photos into the slide. Add in the original photo that is unedited, then add in the Pop Art image overtop. Use the format menu to turn down the opacity of the Pop Art image so that the two images can be aligned perfectly.  
Photo of Keynote menu with the Photo or Video picker selected to add media from the device.
Adding the images to the Keynote slide deck
Keynote slide showing 2 photos added, an original photo then the same photo but in the Pop Art style placed on top of it.
Both photos, the original pose and the Pop Art image added to the slide, with Pop Art in front
Same Keynote slide of the 2 images, with the Opacity of the Pop Art image turned down to 20 % using the Format menu.
Using the Format menu to turn the Opacity of the Pop Art image down to 20 % to allow the two images to be aligned perfectly

Now that the images are aligned perfectly, duplicate the slide twice so that you are left with 3 total slides in your presentation. Tapping on the slide allows you to manipulate an entire slide, including duplicating it. On slide number 1, delete the Pop Art image (you may need to use the Format menu to bring the desire image to the front to delete, as they are perfectly on top of one another). On slide 2, delete the original, and on slide 3 delete the Pop Art image again. 

Keynote slide, showing the slide edit menu and choosing the option to duplicate the current slide
The process of duplicating a slide to save some alignment / time
Keynote slide deck showing 2 slides of identical images, one in the Pop Art style with a menu for deleting an image
As the slides are duplicated, delete the necessary image to create the desired effect

Now that the 3 slides have been created, utilize Transitions to create a movement effect. Apply the same transition to both slide 1 and slide 2. For this example, I chose the Droplet transition, then went back and made the transition’ last for a duration of 5 seconds. 

Keynote slide deck with a menu showing the Transition option
Tap on the slide, then choose transition to access the menu
Keynote slide deck in the Transitions menu with the Droplet transition being chosen and applied to the slide
Adding the Droplet transition to slides
Keynote slide deck in the Transitions menu showing the options for the transition. Duration being set to 5 seconds
Edit the transition so the effect takes 5 seconds to complete

With the transitions set, the project is ready to be exported as either a Movie (if you only want it to play through once) or Animated GIF to create a looping effect. Tap the presentation name to access the exporting options. This example was made exporting as a GIF. Make sure that the entire slide range is chosen during the export.  

Keynote slide deck shown with the appropriate menu when tapping the presentation name
Tap the presentation name / title to access exporting options
Exporting menu showing options. Slide range is highlighted indicating all sides are to be included in the export
Choose your desired size and ensure that all slides are included in the export
Keynote menus showing export options and exporting the project as a GIF
Tape the Presentation name, then Export, then choose the desired option

Now the GIF (or movie) is ready to be saved and shared! Tap the blue share button and then save the finished project to the Photos app. 

Menu asking the user where the exported item should be shared or saved with the Save Image option highlighted
Choose Save Image to save the final product to the Photos app

Have fun creating videos with effects and Pop Art! I would love to see what you create! #WCID #EveryoneCanCreate

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Posted on April 27, 2024

Thanks Nicolas for showing how you add Keynote slides to create Pop Art! I took inspiration from your pose and “popped” an old photo of mine in line with your “Think Differently” title. This is mostly done in Photos but with a little trip into Keynote.

The photo is from my journalism advisor days when my students named their Macs depending on what section of the high school newspaper they were writing for. To make this a gif, I could build an animation into the “hello”


Pop art - a learner leans on an older Macintosh computer - back ground is red.

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