How to Create an Interactive Slideshow or Storybook Using Keynote

Alvaro Bernedo

Sometimes when facing a project, we tend to think of specific go-to software to take care of it. Most of the time, that piece of software is complex and intimidating, making such projects seem difficult to accomplish. Take an interactive slideshow or storybook for example. When planning to create one, you might think of advanced graphical tools. However, a project like this can easily be carried out with simpler, more user-friendly apps, like Apple’s Keynote app.

Interactive Keynote Slideshows

Let’s take a better look at how exactly you can use Keynote to create and export an interactive slideshow or storybook, something that is usually quite complex to do.

Step 1: Start by opening Keynote and selecting any of the available templates. Keynote for Mac offers a wide variety of these so you should definitely take advantage of this.

Keynote Templates

Step 2: Use the first slide as a title page. Depending on the theme of your slideshow/storybook, you can choose to add a picture or simply some text. Don’t forget however, that since this is an interactive work, this slide is where readers return to when the story ends, so you might want to add some extra info there, like a small list of credits, an index or such.

Keynote First Page

Step 3: Start creating new slides and adding the relevant media to each of these.

Keynote Additional Slides

Keynote also comes packed with a few really nice effects, which you can use to make your project even more eye-popping. For example, Magic Move is one of these. This effect ‘merges’ an image on a current slide to the next one in the transition.

Keynote Magic Move Effect

Step 4: Once you are done with the main layout, click on the Text icons to add even more text anywhere on your slides if you need to. After that, right-click on the text and select Add Link.

Keynote Add Link

Next, under Link to, choose slide. Here is where you can link one slide to another slide anywhere on your story/slideshow.

Keynote Link To

Needless to say, if this is the case, make sure you create all the necessary slides for your story to flow without gaps.

Cool Tip: For this, you can make use of mind-mapping apps in order to get a good idea of your project and how you should link your slides back and forth.

Step 7: Once you are done with your slideshow/story, you can export it to other formats and still have it preserve its links. This is a great option if you want to share it with people who don’t have access to the Keynote app. PDF especially is a great format for sharing.

Keynote Export Menu

To export your keynote project, click on the File menu. Then click on Export To and select PDF from the menu. There are other formats besides PDF of course, so choose the one that you like best.

Keynote Export Options

Done! Have a great time creating stories in a fun and easy way.

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Alvaro Bernedo

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Alvaro Bernedo

Contributor at Guiding Tech