Interesting lists

Nov 15, 2012

I've read the blog posts on making lists (read:bullet points) more interesting when you just can't avoid them, but I'd be interested in hearing what everyone else has come up with. I've hit a creative rut. Thanks!

9 Replies
Sheila Bulthuis

To add on to Bruce’s comment – if you write good narration for them , you can often use just one word instead of a whole bulleted phrase/sentence.  And then you have options for how those words appear on the screen – they don’t have to be in a traditional list.  Each word can take up most of the screen and fade in and then out, one at a time, as the narration runs.  Or they could be “scattered” all over the screen.  Or… any number of other options I can’t think of right now.  =)

Lu Post

If I do need to add bullets, I've created a more interesting bullet using the oval shape tool for the bullet and a text box for the text. You can group these or use them separately. I then have them fade or animate in as they occur in the timeline/narration.

To make this easier, I've created different template slides that have 10 of these built and spread out in my timeline and then it's easier to use them where they are needed. I just add the text and then delete any that I don't use or copy to add more.

Because groups won't align to the playhead, if I have a series of bullets, I'll use the bullet image separate from the text (not in a group) and keep the bullet visible throughout the display of text boxes. It makes it easier to align the text boxes to the playhead where you need them.

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