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Creating animations in MS PowerPoint


Many of you might only consider PowerPoint to be a software for making presentations but it is also a great tool to make animations. In fact, it can be utilized to make high-profile animations if you know how to use the features suitably. While softwares like Pencil2D and FlipBook have a different scope of functionality, PowerPoint is based on intuitive thinking and after watching a couple of videos tutorials, you can start creating your very own animations.

Creating an animation on MS PowerPoint:

We will start with the basics. Draw any shape or import an image which will be the starting point of your animation.

  1. Go to the Animations tab and select Animation Pane which will open a window where the status of your animation will be displayed.
  2. Click on Add Animation and select from various types of effects like “Fade”, “Darken” and “Shrink”.
  • After you have applied the effect, an options panel will appear on the top right corner with elements like “Start”, “Duration” and “Delay”. This will edit the effect. Through this, you can edit the effect
  • Start: It defines at what time will the effect start taking place; will it appear as you click, after the previous effect or at the same time as the previous effect.
  • Duration: It defines the duration of the effect. Time can be changed in seconds.
  • Delay: This adds delay to a particular effect and is actually the time span before the next effect begins to appear. That’s pretty much the gist of it.

Using these basic steps, you can now build on them and create extensive animations with hundreds of effects.

Exit animation effects?

Exit animation effects determine how animated slide objects will leave the slide.  For example, an object can fly or fade out of the screen area or it can vanish or float down like a setting sun.  There is a wide range of exit animation effects available within PowerPoint.

Motion paths:

These are customized paths that you can specify for an object to move on. For example, if you want to animate a ball dropping from the stairs, you will define this specific path for the ball.

Motion path option appears in the Add animation option.

If you are adding animation in your presentation, it can definitely be useful in making it more engaging, and can help to emphasize specific points, but too much animation can be distracting for the audience. So, do not let animation and sound take the focus away from what you are mainly trying to convey in your presentation.

If you are making a long animation like you see in Youtube videos, you might need to duplicate the slides to go from one location face to another. Once you start using the software, you will get to know how to do this. It is just like coding: like there are various logics of accomplishing a single task, there are numerous ways of performing a single step here too.

Learn this great skill to give life to your presentations and make short videos.