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Building a Presentation
a Quick Start Guide

Step 1: Selecting a background image

In the Lower left hand corner of the window, select the Backgrounds in the Media Panel (overview of panel locations). In the Library Panel, you will see images that are stored in the library.

Later: If you would like to use your own images, see Import Media for how to add those to the LiveWorship library.

Choose a background by positioning the cursor over the image, hold down your mouse button and drag and drop the image into the Presentation Panel. This will create a slide thumbnail in the Presentation Panel and a new group name has been added to the Slide Group Panel.

Image: Step 1: Dragging an image from the Library Panel into the Presentation Panel

Step 2: Adding Text to a Slide

Adding text to your newly created slide is easy, just start typing. The slide that is currently being edited, has a red border around the slide image in the Presentation Panel. The Slide Edit Panel is located in the bottom right hand corner and the canvas where you enter text is located at the bottom of the panel.

Pressing the Enter key (Windows) or the Return key (Macintosh) creates a line feed to force text to the next line.

Let's try putting in these four lines of text:





Notice that the text is automatically centered on the slide thumbnail and in the Preview Panel. Try adding another slide to the Presentation Panel by dragging and dropping a different background image. We'll use this new slide in the next step to add a song to our presentation.

Step 3: Adding a Song Group

LiveWorship comes with a database of almost 400 public domain songs. Adding your own songs to the library is very easy. Let's add a song to the second slide you just added to your presentation.

Select Song Lyrics from the Media Panel. A list of songs will appear in the Library Panel. Select a song with your mouse, drag and drop it onto the last slide thumbnail you just created in the Presentation Panel. After you drop the song onto the slide, you may see several additional slides added to the presentation. If the song has six verses, each verse will create it's own slide using the same background as the first. You can change a background on an individual slide by simply dragging and dropping a different background image onto that slide thumbnail. You can change the background for the entire group of slides all at once by dropping a background image onto the title of the group in Slide Group Panel.

Step 4: Adding Scripture Text

LiveWorship comes with different versions of the Bible. To add scripture, select Scriptures from the Media Panel. In the Library Panel, you will see the different bible versions that are loaded into LiveWorship. Select a version, then select a book and then a chapter. Finally, you will see verses listed in the bottom of the Library Panel. Click with your mouse, drag and drop (but NOT onto an existing slide) into the Presentation Panel. This will create a new slide with your scripture text. Do not worry if your scripture does not fit onto the slide, we'll learn how to split text into multiple slides next when we drag in multiple verses.

You can also highlight and drag multiple verses. Use your shift key to highlight several adjoining verses (click with your mouse on the first verse, hold down your shift key and click with your mouse on the last verse). To highlight non-adjoining verses, use the command key (Macintosh) or control key (Windows) while clicking with your mouse on multiple verses. Select several verses so that we have too much text for one slide.

Sometimes there will be too much text to display on just one slide, so you can split the text into multiple slides. Drag and drop your multiple verses into the Presentation Panel to create a new slide. Click with the right mouse button (or with single button Macintosh mice, hold the control key while clicking with the mouse) on the slide with too much text. A pop up menu (called a contextual menu) will show you several options for the selected slide. Select "Editor Window" and a window will open with the text from the slide.

Use your mouse or arrow keys to move your cursor to locations where you would like to split the text and press the Enter key (Windows) or the Return key (Macintosh) twice to create a blank line between the lines of text. Each blank line will indicate where a new slide will be created when we exit the Editor Window. Select "Group Text" to leave the Editor Window and observe the slides that have been created.

Step 5: Edit a Slide

Let's go back to the first slide we created and make some changes. Click with the right mouse button (or with single button Macintosh mice, hold the control key while clicking with the mouse) on the slide and choose "Edit Slide" from the pop-up contextual menu that appears.

Image: To select a slide to edit, select "Edit Slide" from the contextual menu

Notice that the slide will now have a red border around the slide thumbnail which indicates that this is the slide in the Presentation Panel that is being edited. The text from this slide will appear in the canvas of the Slide Edit Panel. The text will be highlighted, so be careful not to type anything on the keyboard or it will replace the text on the slide. Above the canvas, you will find text controls that will allow you to change the font, size, style, alignment and even the color of the text. Play with a few of these controls and see what you can do to change the look of your text.

Image: Controls in the Slide Edit Panel to change the attributes of the text

Background Images
There are also controls for working with the background image that have been added to the slide.

Image: Controls in the Slide Edit Panel to work with the background image

Step 6: Saving your Presentation

Saving a presentation takes a few steps because not only are you saving the presentation, but also each new object that you have created so that they will be available to future presentations.

To save the presentation we are working on either pull the File menu to Save, use your mouse to click the Save icon in the Toolbar or use a shortcut key (Windows: Ctrl+S or Macintosh: Cmd+S).

The first thing that we'll see is a list of all the objects we created in the Save dialog window.


Image: You need to choose an option for each media object to save the presentation

There may be several lines but do not be overwhelmed. Each object that needs to be saved will be listed. For each one, you will need to select one of the options.

If you only save an object, it will overwrite the previously saved object that has the same name. If you add a song to your presentation and change the words or add a background image, using save will actually change the saved version in the library. Use this option carefully or use Save As... to preserve the original objects already stored in the library.
Save As
If you use save as, a new object will be created in the library (so you can also give this object a different name if another one exists). If you add a song to your presentation and change the words, using save as will add another version of that song to the library. Once you check the box for save as, the name of the object can be changed.
Within Presentation
Some objects have the option to be saved "within the presentation" and will not appear in the Media Library. This might be useful for simple objects that you do not plan to use again and again and would clutter your library.

Go through each line of the Save window and select one of the checkboxes. Once you finish and press OK you will be prompted for a name of your presentation. Saved presentations in the library can have duplicate names and are identified by their creation date.

You have just finished creating your first presentation!


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