Almost all PowerPoint presentations would benefit from smart animation. And happily for us, the Internet has an endless array of animated templates that you can download for free (or for a nominal fee) and adapt to your company's specific needs. Just search for "free animated PowerPoint presentations" and stand back for avalanche of results.
If you are a good artist (or even a beginner) and want a challenge, study the templates for ideas and then create your own animated slideshow. For a refresher course on PowerPoint animations, see these articles: PowerPoint tips from Duarts Five Rules Presentation and how to create motion tracks in PowerPoint.
We've provided a PowerPoint presentation for your convenience as you practice the following tips: 1
Use this PowerPoint file to practice the animation tips we describe in this story. JD Sartain
Choose a test presentation for exercise
1. First, let's review some of PowerPoint's pro-animated presentations for two reasons: to see how animations work and to get some ideas for your own original presentation.
2nd Open PowerPoint and select New (presentation).
3rd Type animated in the search box and press Enter (or click on the magnifying glass).
4th PowerPoint shows about 20 presentations. Browse through the list, open and review several of the animated slideshows, note how they work, then close each one.
5th For this guide, select the one named Animated Descriptions Infographics Sampler . When the dialog appears, click the Create button.
NOTE! New presentations start the same as existing slideshows, except that you choose Blank presentation instead of one of the samples
Tips and Advice
1. First (and most importantly), create a "storyboard" (a paper mockup) in your presentation before you even open PowerPoint. This process saves a lot of time and eliminates unnecessary errors.
2nd Create a folder titled after your presentation. For this exercise, try here: C: PointPoint Presentations Animated Infographics Sampler.
3rd Find the graphics you plan to use for your presentation (from clip art, stock photos, personal photos or company photos, etc.) and copy or download them into the Animated Infographics Sampler subfolder.
4th Online pictures, screenshots, images, shapes, icons, 3D models, Smart Art, Charts and even animations are available from Insert > Images and > Illustrations Tabs and groups in the Ribbon menu, except WordArt () Insert > Text > WordArt ) and Symbols] > Symbols ).
NOTE! If you are working on an existing presentation, press the F5 soft key to review the presentation and determine whether the slide advances automatically or the user / client / audience must use the mouse or arrow keys to advance the images. For new presentations, you create the slides first and then set the times later.
6. Enter text and attached graphics on each image. When this step is finished, it is time to animate your objects (ie text and images) with PowerPoint's presets. For example: there are dozens of animations and effects on entrance, focus, exit and movement. Select the ANIMATIONS tab, and then click the expansion arrow at the top right to see samples of each animation effect.
NOTE: Preview the animations to save a lot of time.
7th Select your image or text, and then select the Animations drop-down menu, click one of More effects from the list at the bottom, for example More input effects . Browse through the list and note that each time you click on an effect, the selected image responds and shows how the animated effect looks.
NOTE: Check that the Preview Effect box is checked so that the animations perform.
8. When an animation is selected, click the animation window to determine the power options and time. The options include things like custom colors, sounds and how to behave after the animation is performed. Timing includes Startup Options: Start on Click (with the mouse), Start with Previous animation or Start after previous animation.
NOTE! For automatic or self-propagating presentations, do not select Start on Click .
ninth Set the delay (in seconds): how many seconds after the current image is displayed that you want the animation to begin.
10th The duration is how long the animation should be. Very fast is 0.5 seconds and it goes to Fast, Medium, Slow, Very Slow and Extremely Slow (20 seconds).
eleventh Then choose how many times you want the animation to be repeated. Select a number from the list, or select To the next click Until Random or None .
12th Check the Rewind box if you want the animation effect to rewind and replay.
thirteenth And last, you set out Triggers for manual execution as Animate as part of a sequence or Startup effect on Click (select a trigger from the list as rectangle 3, picture 5, text Box, etc. .).
fourteenth When the options and time settings are set, click OK and then click Play from the button to display your selections.
15. Consider adding transitions between each image for a seamless progression throughout the presentation. Click the Transitions tab and then click the expansion arrow in the lower right corner to see more choices. Note that when you click on each, PowerPoint provides a preview of the selected transition.
16th When you are satisfied with your work, it is time to run the presentation and repeat the Timings (under the Slideshow tab). This process is super easy now. You just click the Rehearse Timings button and then look at the show and press the Enter key to move the image to the next image.
17th A Timing counter will appear in the upper left corner showing how many seconds it will take. When done (at the end of the slideshow), press Enter . PowerPoint displays a popup dialog that says: The total time of your slideshow was 0:01:22 (shows exact time) and then asks: Do you want to save the new images?
18th If you are satisfied, click Yes . If you are not satisfied, click No and try again.
NOTE: You can also add audio or video. Select the Media group under the Insert tab to add these functions. See this article for exact instructions: How to add music to the PowerPoint presentations