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Welcome to these tutorials, many of which were unique concepts when first published!


animate: techniques to animate your presentation

principle 1- squash and stretch ] principle 2- anticipation ] principle 3- staging- 1 ] principle 3- staging- 2 ] animation 1 ] animation 2 ] animation 3 ] animate & annotate ] animate by position ] animate cropped text ] animate on the moove ] change animation ] hidden pivot animation ] mask animations ] multiple motion paths ] spin a word art animation ] spin an image animation ] [ twist & morph animation ] wide screen PowerPoint on the fly ] time lapse animations ] overlapping powerpoint animations ]


Twist and Morph!

Logic: create a powerful animation within PowerPoint's that can be customized simply by changing the background image

This PowerPoint animation is simply amazing. Since I demonstrated it at PowerPoint Live, it is taking off across the world! So, I think it is time to make it fully public!

It takes advantage of old PowerPoint technology (masking) and new technology (newer animations).

What we will do is:

  1. Place an image as a background to a slide,
  2. cover it with an Autoshape that will be the slide background people will actually see,
  3. Place Autoshapes over that false background,
  4. Set the Autoshape backgrounds to "Background".

By the way, if you need help on filling objects with some sort of fill, go here. Echo has a tutorial where she covers that without me going into all of it. It is for Color Schemes.

background menu

First, we place an image as the slide background. Try to get one that fits your slide proportions, or it will deform to fit and look silly.

apply background dialogue

We then drag a rectangle autoshape over the whole slide, to cover the background. This will fool everyone into thinking there is no background, because they wont be able to see it.

draw rectangle

We format the autoshape into and style or colour we like. But try to get it to look like a normal side background.

format auto shape

Now, do yourself a favour and set the grid snapping to something like 2 centimetres or an inch. This will help you draw the next level of Autoshapes.

snap to grid

Now, I have drawn a new layer of autoshapes. I've tried very hard to get them to sit beside each other exactly.

slide result star

Now the cool part. We set each yellow filled autoshape to have its fill as "Background". This is a setting from a long time ago that allowed people to mask objects. In PowerPoint 2002 and 2003, it picks up the slide background through ANY other object on the slide. Notice as you bump them around on the slide, they update to whatever is behind them on the slide.

ready for animation

This is where you need to be sitting down.

If you animate any of the autoshapes that have a fill set to "Background", it will pull the background with it as it moves. If you didn't have the false background there, it would look silly. A shape animating off itself.

collapse animation

I animate Exit Animations as "Collapse".





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