• Tima Shah

Wow Your Audience with Animated PowerPoints!

The content for your presentation is ready. Now what? Preparing slides that capture the audience's attention can be challenging. While animated presentations can't make up for poor content, they can be a powerful tool in keeping your audience engaged.


Morph, a new addition to PowerPoint in 2019, is a beginner-friendly slide transition that can produce stunning animations in a fraction of the time.


Morph takes into account all the objects placed on one slide (the "before") and intelligently links them to objects on the next slide (the "after"), and applies all the animations needed to make the first slide morph into the second. Essentially, if you can imagine the before and after of your animation, Morph can make it happen.


Essentially, if you can imagine the before and after of your animation, Morph can make it happen.

That's how Morph works in theory, but we want to dig into some practice, and see practical uses. Follow along below for 5 basic animations created with Morph.


For each of these practices, we will be following this basic pattern of steps.

  1. Always start with duplicating the first slide.

  2. Make changes so slide 1 represents "before" and slide 2 represents "after" of the animation

  3. Apply the morph transition from the transitions tab


Appear/Disappear


Make objects fade in and out. Preview the results below:

Objects that exist on the first slide and have been deleted from the second will disappear. Similarly, to make an object appear, ensure it does not exist on the first slide, but exists on the second.



Here is a sample project that uses this appear and disappear procedure. We'll see more transformations on this project as we go over the next skills.



Move and Resize

Make objects change size and location. Here's the preview:


Simply move and resize the objects on the second slide and apply the Morph transition. This is an ideal example of the power of Morph. We got four objects to animate in different ways by applying just one transition!



Let's take a look at our sample project with move and resize implemented.



Slide on/off

Make objects slide onto and off of the screen. Preview below:


Remember that deleting objects will make them fade away (the first type of animation we looked at). To make objects slide off in animation, they need to be placed off the slide in the slide edit panel.



We'll be adding this feature to our sample project. Check it out.




Change color/shape

Get objects to change color ( or other formatting like transparency) or entirely morph into a new shape. Preview below:


To change an object's shape, find the "change shape" or "edit shape" option on the left side of the format shape tab, and select the new shape form the drop down menu.


Remember, transparency can be changed for images as well, as done in our sample.




Dynamic Background

Create a parallax effect using a moving background image. Preview below.



Creating this effect requires using a high quality image that can be stretched significantly larger than the slide dimensions. Remember to be a good digital citizen and credit the talented photographers producing the images (and make sure you have permission to use the image, i.e. public domain)



We're going to visit our sample project one last time. Here's a subtle background.



Recap!


All the presentations displayed in the marketing video were made using these 5 basic morph animation skills. This post covered the basics on implementing these animations. With that said, creating stunning presentations that utilize these skills in harmony will take some practice.


For now, Here is a quick visual guide slideshow to recap.



In the next post, I'll be covering troubleshooting problems with Morph and best practices to work efficiently.


Comment below for questions or clarifications.


All the best on your adventures with Morph!

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