The "Centerline" slide type is an excellent slide for either regular narrative text display or an intro. Since you have many size options for the text, you can utilize it in several ways.
It has a distinct presentation with its line that precedes the text and gives it a visual anchor for the slide. And with the different animation options and settings for the line, you can use both standalone and sequence to great effect.
Screengrab of storyboard for example video.
Behavior and usage
With these slide types that have many different options for text size, there is still one text field that is the default one: In this case, it's the Large size. The slides function this way because we want you to be able to change slide type and carry over the text from one default text layer to another. So if you change from a regular Simple Slide (for example) to this – the Main Message text will be brought over. Note that this only holds for the default text field; texts used in other sizes can then be overwritten when changing from a slide-type that has them to one that does not.
This also means that if there is text in the default text field – it will override other activated text fields. So you can have activated the Huge text field and written text in that, but as soon as you input text in the default field, it will revert to Large. This is something you need to be aware of – and you always see what is active in the preview on the storyboard.
The text option for the Message is as follows, with the maximum length in characters.
- Huge: 50 characters
- Xlarge: 70 characters
- Large: 100 characters
- Medium: 180 characters
- Small: 360 characters
You can control animation in and out for both the line and the text. This allows you to chain slides together – especially by letting the line stay put and the text change, to let the line create a visually stable focus point.
With the Advanced Properties, you can fine-tune some of the aspects of the line behavior. You get options for width and placement. This is what they control.
- Toggle "Position" on to be able to place the line and text vertically on the slide. The number you input is the offset in pixels from the top edge of the canvas. The preview will update accordingly.
- Toggle "Line Width" on to reveal three choices and an input field to control the width of the line. Set it to "Dynamic" to be the same width as the text you are inputting; this is the default behavior. Set it to "Maximum" to make it as wide as it will go; it will still have margins to the left and right. And set it to "Fixed" and input pixel value in the "Fixed width" field to make it precisely that wide. So you can make it both wider and narrower than the text.
You can change the color of the text and the line under "Color" in the right pane.