The Main Asset Styling settings allow you to put different styling options on your main asset. These styling settings are on a per-slide basis since they are viewed as inherent to the slide design. But you can also apply these settings for a group – which is a great way to apply styling to all slides in a group at the same time. The values that you set as group styling will be applied on the slide level – so it's quite possible to view the group settings as a kind of macro for making changes on multiple slides at the same time.
A lot of slides have one or more styling settings turned on as default, so they will be in the On state when you open the Main Asset Styling menu in the side panel. Main Asset Styling for a group will always be in the Not Set state as default.
Before we get into what you can do with styling it's important to understand the states of the Group Main Asset Styling settings. So let's start with that.
States of settings
To be able to easily understand what goes on in the interface, when it comes to styling settings that can occur on both group and slide level, you need to understand the states the group styling settings can be in. These are the states that the Group Main Asset Styling can exist in. We are using the Tint setting in these examples.
This state means that no group settings are active. This is the default state when creating a group – and will also be the state it reverts to when you clear the group setting with "Reset value to slide defaults". When a setting is not set that means that the group has no effect on the slides.
When you first interact with a setting, by clicking the toggle, it will turn "On". This will activate the group settings and will turn on the default settings for groups. So this overwrites all settings on slides for that specific parameter. The default settings for groups are.
- Fade: Off/Off
- Color: Darken
- Opacity: 65%
- Fade: Off/Off
- Type: #nofilter
- Opacity: 100%
- Fade: Off/Off
- Fade: Off/Off
When you turn a group setting off it will do just that – shut off the group settings and clear values from slides. This does not revert back to slide defaults, instead, this is a kind of "active off". So if you wanted to clear styling from all slides in a group you would first toggle group setting "on" and the "off", that would create a "clean slate".
When the group setting is set to "On" and you make styling changes on an individual slide in the group. For instance, setting a Slide Tint to "Off" this will create a mixed state for the Group Tint, that is marked by the text for that setting turning italic. This applies to all settings under even on the sub-level of Fade, Opacity and Color and so on.
Clear styling from group
Whenever you see that little "purple light" next to a setting that means that there are settings made on the group level. If you want to revert everything in a group back to the slide defaults for that setting you can click that purple light. That clears any group specific settings.
Main asset styling
The styling options can be used to enhance and create more of the exact look you want – and to tie together images and videos from different sources with a coherent look. Or use these possibilities to enhance and draw attention to certain parts of your video.
It's also important to understand that these styling options affect each other, so the combination of choices has different outcomes – so there are a lot of cool combinations to try out. They have a specific order in which they are stacked which explains how this work.
From "bottom to top" they are ordered: Blur, Monochrome, Filter, Tint. So in the side panel, the Tint will be the topmost option.
Applies a fixed blur effect to the asset. The effect can fade in and out at the beginning and end of the slide.
Applies a monochrome effect to the asset. The effect can fade in and out at the beginning and end of the slide.
But this is where it starts to get interesting due to the stacking order of the effects since the Filter and Tint are above in the order, they will affect the image or video AFTER the Monochrome styling has been applied. And since both Filter and Tint affect the color values they will then affect the look of the Monochrome styling. And this can be used to create great looks – so make sure to experiment a bit with this.
Applies a filter to the asset. The effect can fade in and out at the beginning and end of the slide and the opacity of the effect can be set between 0 (not visible) to 100 (full coverage).
The Filter is applied after the Blur and Monochrome, which means that when applying a filter to an asset that is set to Monochrome, the filter will affect the image differently and you can create attractive combinations of Filter and Monochrome.
Applies a solid color overlay over the image or video with all the other stylings applied.
This means that the final look will depend heavily on how the asset is styled apart from the tint. The tint has an opacity setting from 0 to 100 where 100 is a solid color with no bleed from the underlying asset. When applying a tint it's often good practice to make the asset monochrome for that "colored" look that you're usually after. But a tint can also be used as a "darkening" mechanism, which you will see as default on certain slide types such as Quote and Quicktext where the background asset is not monochrome. So there is a lot of variation you can coax out of this simple setting.