Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Animation Tips
For events that are set to On Click, the advanced timeline shows them to be occurring
simultaneously, but this is not really true; they are just not time-sequenced with one
another in the same way that events set to With Previous or After Previous are.
Notice also the Seconds button at the bottom in Figure 16.24. It opens a menu from which
you can zoom in and zoom out on the timeline.
You can also use the timeline to create delays between animations and to increase the
duration of individual animations. To increase the duration of an item, you can drag the
right side of the bar representing its length in the Animation pane. Drag the left side of
the bar to create a delay between animations. When you drag the bar for an item that is set
to After Previous, the other bars also move. However, when you drag the bar for an item
that is set to With Previous, PowerPoint allows an overlap.
Animation Tips
Here are some tips for using animation in your own work:
Try to use the same animation effect for each slide in a related series of slides. If
you want to differentiate one section of the presentation from another, use a dif-
ferent animation effect for the text in each different section.
If you want to discuss only one bullet point at a time on a slide, set the others to
dim or change to a lighter color after animation.
If you want to obscure an element but you cannot make the animation settings do
it the way you want, consider using a shape that is set to the same color fi ll as your
background color and that has no outside border. This shape will appear “invisible”
but will obscure whatever is behind it.
Animate a chart based on the way you want to lead your audience through the
data. For example, if each series on your chart shows the sales for a different divi-
sion and you want to compare one division to another, you can animate by series.
If you want to talk about the results of that chart over time rather than by divi-
sion, you can animate by category instead.
If you want to create your own moving graphic but you do not have access to a pro-
gram that creates animated GIFs, you can build a very simple animation on a slide.
Simply create the frames of the animation — three or more drawings that you want
to progress through in quick succession. Then, lay them one on top of another on
the slide and set the timings so that they play in order. You can adjust the delays
and repeats as needed.
Layering Animated Objects
Part of the challenge of animation is in deciding which objects should appear and disappear
and in what order. Theoretically, you could layer all of the objects for every slide in the entire
presentation on a single slide and use animation to make them appear and disappear on cue.
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