Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Adding More Animation
When you select one of these options, you activate the “% delay between words” (or
“letters”, depending on your choice) drop-down list. The default is 10, which makes
the words or letters enter pretty fast. You can make the entrance a little quicker by
choosing a smaller number or stretch it out by choosing a larger number. Click OK
to apply the animation to your selected text.
Adding More Animation
You can apply more than one animation to an object. For example, you might want
to have an object fly in from the left side when it enters and fly off to the right side
when it exits. Or a picture might enter by fading in and, later, follow a motion path
to move over and make room for the next picture that enters.
To add more animation to an animated object, select the object and then choose
Animations ➝ Add Animation (Alt, A, AA). This opens a menu of animations like
the one shown in Figure 23-11. Click the animation you want, and PowerPoint adds
it to the animations for your selected object.
Dimming a Photo with Animation
The Dim effect that you can apply from the Additional
Effect Options dialog box (Figure 23-12) works for text, but
not for photos or other images. If you want to apply a
dimming effect to a photo, you’ve got to get a little creative with
your animation. Here’s how:
1. Insert the photo you’re going to dim on a slide. Select
the photo and press Ctrl+C to make a copy of it. Press
Ctrl+V to paste that copy onto the same slide.
2. The pasted copy appears on top of the original.
Move it so that it lines up precisely on top of the
original. With the copy selected, go to Picture Tools |
Format➝Color (Alt, JP, I). From the menu that opens,
select a dimmer version of the photo.
3. Now it’s time to animate the dimming effect. With
the dimmed photo selected, go to the Animations tab
and choose an entrance effect for the dimmed photo.
Fade and Dissolve In are both good options for this
effect. Because the dimmed photo is on top of the
original, it hides the original when it enters.
4. Click the Preview button to see how the animation
looks. Test out how it will look in a slideshow by
switching to Reading or Slide Show view.
You can get fancier with the animation if you like. For
example, you might have the original photo exit by dissolving
or fading out at the same time the dimmed photo enters.
Note: PowerPoint assigns an order to the animations on a slide based on the order you apply those
animations. So the first animation you apply is the first animation to happen on the slide, the next
animation you apply comes second, and so on. To change this order, use the Animation pane. Page 648 tells