Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Customizing Your Animation
including Change Fill Color, Change Font Size, Grow/Shrink, Spin, Teeter,
Flicker, Color Blend, Blast, and many more.
✓ Exit effect: This is how an object leaves the slide. Most objects don’t
have exit effects, but if you want an object to leave, you can apply one
of the 52 different effects — which are similar to the entrance effects —
Disappear, Blinds, Peek Out, Ease Out, Spiral Out, and so on.
✓ Motion path: Motion paths are the most interesting types of custom
animation. A motion path lets you create a track along which the object
travels when animated. PowerPoint provides you with 64 predefined
motion paths, such as circles, stars, teardrops, spirals, springs, and so
on. If that’s not enough, you can draw your own custom path to make an
object travel anywhere on the slide you want it to go.
If the motion path begins off the slide and ends somewhere on the slide,
the motion path effect is similar to an entrance effect. If the path begins
on the slide but ends off the slide, the motion path effect is like an exit
effect. And if the path begins and ends on the slide, it is similar to an
emphasis effect. In that case, when the animation starts, the object
appears, travels along its path, and then zips off the slide.
To draw a custom motion path, click the Add Effect button in the
Custom Animation pane, choose Motion Paths Draw, and then choose
Draw Custom Path and select one of the motion path drawing tools from
the menu that appears. The tools include straight lines, curves, freeform
shapes, and scribbles. You can then draw your motion path using the
tool you selected.
You can create more than one animation for a given object. For example, you
can give an object an entrance effect, an emphasis effect, and an exit effect.
That lets you bring the object onscreen, draw attention to it, and then have it
leave. If you want, you can have several emphasis or motion path effects for
a single object. You can also have more than one entrance and exit effect, but
in most cases, one will do.
Each effect that you apply has one or more property settings that you can
tweak to customize the effect. All the effects have a Speed setting that lets you
set the speed for the animation. Some effects have an additional property
setting that lets you control the range of an object’s movement. (For example, the
Spin effect has an Amount setting that governs how far the object spins.)
If you want, you can create a trigger that causes an animation effect to operate
when you click an object on the slide. For example, you might create a trigger
so that all the text in a text placeholder pulsates in when you click the slide
title. To do so, first add the animation effect to the text. Then, click Trigger in
the Advanced Animation group and choose On Click Of. A list of all objects on
the slide that can be clicked is displayed; select the Title placeholder. (You can
also trigger an animation when a specific location is reached during playback
of a video file. For more information, refer to Chapter 15.)