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Tips and Advice for PowerPoint Animation



Nearly every PowerPoint presentation would benefit from a clever animation. Luckily, there are endless animated templates on the Internet that you can download for free (or for a nominal fee) and customize to suit your specific needs. Just search for "free animated PowerPoint presentations" and step back to get an avalanche of results.

However, if you're a great artist (or even a novice) looking for a challenge, study the ideas templates and then create your own animated slideshow. For information on PowerPoint Animations refresher courses, see the following articles: PowerPoint tips from Duarte's Five-rules presentation and Creating motion paths in PowerPoint.

We have provided an example of a PowerPoint presentation so you can practice the following tips: [1

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Use this PowerPoint file to practice the animation tips described in this story. JD Sartain

Select a sample presentation for the practice

1. Let's first review some of PowerPoint's animated sample presentations for two reasons: to see how animations work, and to get ideas for your own original presentation.

. 2 Open PowerPoint and select New (Presentation).

. 3 In the search box, type animated and press . Enter (or click the magnifying glass).

. 4 PowerPoint shows around 20 presentations. Browse the list, open multiple animated slideshows, review their functionality, and then close them.

. 5 For this tutorial, select the Animated Descriptions Infographics Sampler . When the dialog box appears, click the Create button.

NOTE: New presentations start the same way as existing slideshows, except that you select Blank presentation instead of one of the examples

  Open 001 Create a new slideshow JD Sartain / IDG Worldwide

Create / create a new slideshow

Tips and advice

1. First, and most importantly, create a "storyboard" (a paper model) of your presentation before you even open PowerPoint. This process saves time and eliminates unnecessary errors.

. 2 Create a folder titled after your presentation. For this exercise, try the following: C: PPoint Presentations Animated Infographics Sampler.

. 3 Find the graphics you want to use for your presentation (from clip art, archive photos, personal pictures, or company pictures, and so on), and then copy or download them to the Animated Infographics Sampler subfolder.

. 4 Online Images, Screenshots, Photos, Shapes, Icons, 3D Models, Smart Art, Charts and even Animations are all available in the Insert > Images and Insert , Illustrations tabs and groups in the Ribbon, in addition to WordArt ( insert > text > WordArt ) and symbols ] > Symbols ).

NOTE: If you are working with an existing presentation, press the F5 function key to check the presentation and see if the slides are automatically advanced. The user / customer / audience must use the mouse or Use the arrow keys to introduce the slides. For slideshows, create the slides first, and then set the times later.

. 5 Then enter the text and related graphics on each slide.

  002 Inserting Tabs for Images, Text Groups JD Sartain / IDG Worldwide

INSERT tab> Images, Illustrations, and Text tabs

6. Once this step is completed, you must animate your objects (such as text and images) with PowerPoint presets. For example: There are dozens of animations and effects for Entrance, Emphasis, Exit and Motion Path. Select the ANIMATIONS tab and click the expansion arrow at the bottom right to see examples of each animation effect.

NOTE: Preview the animations to save a lot of time.

. 7 Select your image or text, and then, with the animation drop-down menu displayed, click one of the effects effects from the list below. B. Other input effects . Search the list and note that each time you click on an effect, it responds to the selected image and shows what the animation effect looks like.

NOTE: Make sure the Preview Effect box is checked

  003 Insert Animations JD Sartain / IDG Worldwide

Insert Animations

19659025]. 8 When an animation is selected, click on the animation window to set the effect options and the timing. Options include custom colors, sounds, and post-animation behaviors. Timing includes startup options: start when clicking (the mouse), start with previous animation, or start after previous animation.

NOTE: Do not choose for automatic or self-running presentations Click Start .

. 9 Set the delay (in seconds): how many seconds after the current slide appears, the animation should start.

10th Duration is the duration of the animation. Very fast is 0.5 seconds and it goes to Fast, Medium, Slow, Very Slow and Extremely Slow (20 seconds).

. 11 Then choose how often the animation should be repeated. Select a number from the list or select Until the next click Until the end of the slide or None .

12th Select the Rewind check box if you want to rewind and play the animation effect.

. 13 Finally, set triggers for manual execution such as animate as part of a sequence or start effect when you click (select a trigger from the list, for example, rectangle 3 , Picture 5, text box, etc.)

14. Once you have set the options and times, click on OK and then on the button of to show your selection.

  004 Customizing the Timing Options Using the Animation Window JD Sartain / IDG Worldwide

Customizing Options + Timing Using the Animation Pane

15. Add transitions between slides to allow a seamless presentation. Click the Transitions tab, and then click the expansion arrow in the lower-right corner to see more options. Note that PowerPoint displays a preview of the selected transition as you click each one.

sixteenth When you're happy with your work, it's time to do the presentation and practice the timings (on the Slideshow tab). This process is very simple now. Just click the Rehearse Timings button look at the show and press the Enter button if you want the slide to go to the next slide.

17th In the upper left corner, a time counter is displayed indicating the progress of seconds. When you're done (at the end of the slideshow), press and then . PowerPoint displays a pop-up dialog box with the following message: The total time of your slideshow was 0:01:22 (showing the exact time), and then asks: Do you want to save the new slide times?

18th If you are satisfied, click Yes . If you are not satisfied, click No and try again.

  005 Transitions and Recurrence JD Sartain / IDG Worldwide

Transitions and Recurrence

NOTE:

You can also add audio or video. Select the Media group under the Insert tab to add these functions. For detailed instructions, see this article: How To Add Music To Your PowerPoint Presentations


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