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Chapter 16: Creating Animation Effects and Transitions
Creating Animation Effects and
Assigning transitions to slides
Animating slide content
Layering animated objects
So far in this topic, you have learned about several types of moving objects on a slide. One
object type is a movie, or video clip, that has been created in an animation program or
recorded with a video camera. Another type is an animated GIF, which is essentially a graphic
that has some special properties that enable it to play a short animation sequence over and over.
However, neither of these types is what PowerPoint means by animation. In PowerPoint, animation
is the way that individual objects enter or exit a slide. All of the objects on a slide with no anima-
tion simply appear at the same time when you display it. (Boring, eh?) However, you can apply ani-
mation to a slide so that the bullet points fl y in from the left, one at a time, and the graphic drops
down from the top afterward.
A transition is another kind of animation. A transition refers to the entry or exit of the entire slide
rather than of an individual object on the slide.
Here are some ideas for using animation effectively in your presentations:
Animate parts of a chart so that the data appears one series at a time. This technique
works well if you want to talk about each series separately.
Set up questions and answers on a slide so that the question appears fi rst, and then, when
you click the question, the answer appears.
Dim each bullet point when the next one comes into view so that you are, in effect, high-
lighting the current one.
Make an object appear and then disappear. For example, you might have an image of a
lightning bolt that fl ashes on the slide for one second and then disappears or a picture of a
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