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Themes are simply design templates that can be applied to songs, scriptures, and presentations. How does this make your life easier? Once you've taken the time to design a Theme by customizing your text format, background and layout just the way you want, it can then be applied to any song, scripture or presentation in your Schedule Area in seconds. Just save your new Theme to your Theme Library, then drag-and-drop it on top of a song, scripture or presentation in your Schedule. You can also select and apply it using the Theme button in any one of the Song, Scripture or Presentation Editors.
Creating A Theme
It's quick and easy to build a theme in EasyWorship using the Theme Editor. To get started, click the Themes tab in the Resource Area, select the type of theme you want to create (Song, Scripture, or Presentation), and then click the + (Add) button at the bottom of the Themes Area. You may also create a theme by selecting one or more media items, right clicking on the selected media item(s) and selecting copy to Song, Scripture or Presentation Theme. This will place the media item in the themes area allowing you to use it as the default theme (a.k.a. background) or drag and drop to a song in the schedule or select it from the themes drop down in the song or presentation editor.
NOTE: The theme editor is similar to the Song and Presentation Editors in that it has slides, an Inspector, and it allows you to add media and text boxes to slides. However, unlike the Song and Presentation Editors, the Theme Editor does not allow you to add or change text on the slides.The Theme Editor is designed for making overall formatting and placement changes, not changes to the text or other content on the slides.
- Title: Enter the name of the theme in this field.
- Text: Adds a text box that you can type text in to display on each slide.
- Scripture: Clicking the scripture button allows you to select scripture text and press enter or drag it to add it to the theme.
- Media: Clicking the media button allows you to select videos, images, feeds, DVD clips or audio and press enter or drag it to add it to the theme.
- Arrange: Clicking this button allows you to set the layer at which the selected element resides. You have the option of Move Up, Move Down, Bring to Front, Send to Back.
- Inspector: Opens the inspector window. The Inspector allows you to make more detailed formatting changes to different elements in the theme.
- Import: Allows you to import a text document into your song, presentation or theme.
- Print: Allows you to print the theme.
- Spell Check: Checks spelling and allows you to make spelling changes or add words to the dictionary.
- Font Selector: Clicking the font selector allows you to select the font formatting you wish to use on selected text.
- Font Size: Changes the font size of the text to the point size selected.
- Font Color: Allows you to change the color of selected text by selecting from the color palette provided.
- Bold: Makes selected text bold.
- Italics: Italicizes selected text.
- Underline: Underlines selected text.
- Shadow: Turns shadow on or off for selected text.
- Outline: Turns outline on or off for selected text.
- Left Align: Sets selected text alignment to left.
- Center Align: Sets selected text alignment to center.
- Right Align: Sets selected text alignment to right.
- Top Align: Set selected text vertical alignment to top.
- Middle Align: Set selected text vertical alignment to middle.
- Bottom Align: Set selected text vertical alignment to bottom.
- Reset to Default: Resets formatting to default settings.
- Slides Area: Displays the slides available to modify and allows you to select which slide you wish to modify.
- Zoom Slider: Sets magnification of the current slide you are working on.
- OK: Saves the Theme and closes the Theme Editor window.
- Cancel: Closes the Theme Editor window without saving.
Master, Normal, and Overlay Slides
When creating a theme, you are presented with a Master Slide and various other slides that represent the possible types of slides you might create in a song, scripture or presentation. When editing the master slide, certain formatting options are automatically displayed on the appropriate slides below. For example, changing the background on the Master Slide will change the background on all slides below it. If you want to change formatting for a specific slide, select that slide and make the formatting change you wish to make.
When creating a Song or Scripture Theme, the default slides will be the Master, Normal and Overlay slides. The Normal slide is for normal song or scripture text formatting and the Overlay is for lower thirds formatting.
When you add a Presentation Theme, you'll notice that it has more default slides than a Song or Scripture Theme. That's because a Presentation Theme has many different types of content slides that can be added to it (e.g., Title Slide, Title and Content Slide, Content Only Slide, Blank Slide, and Scripture Slide).
When editing a song, scripture or presentation, in the Editor's main toolbar you'll see a Theme dropdown button. Click this button and select an existing theme to apply its layout and formatting to the song, scripture or presentation you're working on. You may also drag and drop a theme onto a song, scripture or presentation in the schedule from the Themes Area.