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Using Animation & Transitions

You can make your slide show more exciting by adding animation to the various objects on your slide show. There are a few rule that you should observe while doing this so that it does not become overbearing. It doesn't take much to lose the attention of a user if they don't feel that you are targetting them as an audience. Bells and whistles are ok when you are trying to impress your friends at a wedding, or 50th anniversary party, but if you are presenting to the board of directors in an effor to launch a project that will save your job, you definately don't want to alienate your audience.

When thinking about animation, we have to visualize that every single thing that you put on your slide is an object. We can animate each object individually. We can also combine different animation effects for the same object, and increase or decrease the speed with which the object is animated. PowerPoint literally gives you millions of different animation combination options! All you have to do is choose what effect is right for you!

Inserting an Animation

All Animations can be found in the custom animation palette.

1. Draw a rectangle on the stage.

2. Choose View > Custom Animation

This will bring up the custom animation palette

erTo begin, you must choose the type of animation that you would like to apply. Powerpoint offers you four types of animations.

et - Entrance effects (shapes make an entrance)

et - Emphasis effects (after shapes appear these effects can emphasize the shape).

et - Exit effects (shapes exit the slide)

et - Motion Path Animation (you create a path and object moves along the path).



3. Make sure the rectangle is selected and choose the Entrance Effect button et

4. From the drop down, choose More Effects

This will bring up a dialog box that gives you a whole list of effects to choose from.

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5. Make sure the Show Preview box is checked and choose Dissolve in

The rectangle on your desktop should preview the effect.

6. Choose OK

You will notice that the Custom Animation Palette has change and there are many additional options you can choose from to enhance your chosen animation.

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7. Set the options for your entrance effect as seen below.

Note: Make sure the animation is selected in the list, or you will not be able to change the options.

 

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8. Preview your changes by clicking on the play button et in the custom animation panel.


Emphasis Effects

9. With the rectangle still selected, choose the emphasis effect et button.

These effects are useful for when you have already used an entrance effect and you would like to emphasize the object.

10. From the drop down, choose More Effects

11. Choose the Color Blend animation effect and choose OK

You will notice that the same options come up in the custom animation panel, but there is one that is different than before.

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12. Set your emphasis effect options as see below:

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13. Preview your changes by clicking on the play button et in the custom animation panel.

Why doesn't the emphasis effect work?

The Answer

As mentioned earlier, it is because of the the "With Previous" vs "After Previous" issue. You have set the emphasis effect to start at the same time as the entrance effect with no delay and the effect is set to happen in half a second. This means that the emphasis effect will start at the same time as the entrance effect, but finish before the rectangle is visible.

14. Change the emphasis effect start option to After Previous

15. Preview your changes by clicking on the play button et in the custom animation panel.

Now the effect should show up just fine.


Exit Effects

16. With the rectangle still selected, choose the Exit effect et button.

17. From the drop down, choose More Effects

18. Choose the Crawl Out animation effect and choose OK

19. Set your exit effect options as see below:

 

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20. Preview your changes by clicking on the play button et in the custom animation panel.

This will make your rectangle exit while it is changing colours.


Motion Path Animation

Up until this point, the animation effects that we have seen are either without motion (stationary effects), or follow a pre-determined path set out by PowerPoint (Fly in - From Bottom). In this lesson you will learn how to control the path of motion for your slide objects.

21. With the rectangle still selected, choose the Motion Path effect et button.

22. From the drop down, choose Scribble

This options will allow you to click and draw a path for the shape to follow. When you release the mouse, the path will be set.

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Note: If you choose any of the other motion path drawing options (line, curve, freeform), they will allow you to draw a path if different ways, but you must double-click to complete the path.

23. Set your motion path effect options as see below:

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24. Preview your changes by clicking on the play button et in the custom animation panel.

Ok, why isn't this working?

The Answer

It is working... can't you hear the clapping after the rectangle has left the stage? The problem is the order of your animations. It doesn't make any sense to have your object moving after it has exited the stage.

25. Use the move up arrow to move your motion path effect up above your exit effect.

26. Change the start time of your exit effect to After Previous

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27. Preview your changes by clicking on the play button et in the custom animation panel.

Your animation should now play as intended.


Animating Text

This is done almost in exactly the same way as animating shapes, pictures or other objects, except for the fact that working with text has additional options since text is made up of multiple characters.

PowerPoint offers you the option to animate text by the whole text object, paragraph level, word, or character.

 

28. Insert a new slide and type the following things into the textbox that appears.

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Note: Using the Tab key will move in one level for lists. Using Shift+Tab will move back out one level for lists.

29. From the Entrance effect button, choose Fly In

This will make the text fly in using the default grouping.

30. In the Custom Animations Palette, set the Text Options as seen below.

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You will notice that the effect moves slowly bringing in each letter one at a time, and separates the text by 2 levels (bulleted text).

******* Important *******

Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should! In other words, the way this is set up is extremely annoying to watch as it takes too long and it is unnecessary. Why is this available then? It is meant to be used for titles only. Never use "by letter" or "by word" text animation on paragraphs of text.

Now you may begin working on Assignment 10