Crawling Spider Animation in PowerPoint 2016 / 2019 Motion Graphics Tutorial

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This Crawling Spider Animation in PowerPoint is a bit special for me because it was not easy to move different parts of an object into different directions. Different segments of the Spider’s Legs are rotating at different angles and #ListenMicrosoft you can not apply different animations on grouped objects in PowerPoint.

Crawling Spider Animation in PowerPoint Preview

Each Spider’s Leg consists of various Shape objects like Lines and Ovals, which further have been grouped as 3 separate parts of a leg (the starting position before animation, they look like a single leg). See Figure 1.1:

Spider Body Parts
3 Separate grouped objects placed to look like a single object (leg)
Figure 1.1

Look at the movements of the legs in Figure 1.2. However, it is not fully realistic as you can see line glitches in a few legs (poping-out of the ovals). But still a Bit Special Tutorial, just to let you know the #ListenMicrosoft importance of Custom Anchor Points, which is another feature missing from PowerPoint.

Crawling Spider Animation in GIF
Figure 1.2

Legs in the right picture showcasing all the Custom Anchor Points defined to each of the 3 parts of a leg. Custom Anchor Points are used to specifically define a rotation point when you need to apply the Spin Emphasis effect and you want to move the object from a particular point instead of the default and unmovable Anchor Point in the middle and center of an object. See Figure 1.3:

Custom Anchor Point in PowerPoint
Figure 1.3

Spider Leg in the left has an oval grouped with it (later used No Fill and No Outline to hide it) and Leg on the right is in its exact size. Look at the default anchor point in the Right Leg, which is the center and middle as shown through Guidelines. Whereas, the Leg in the left has a Custom Anchor point because the oval has been grouped and placed in such a way to get the Custom Anchor Point at the desired position. That is because when we will move the Leg using the Spin animation then it will rotate according to the point that we had defined.


The animation part is really easy and as I always said the Graphic Designing in PowerPoint takes most of the time. We have used the Spin Emphasis effect on all the legs in motion. The only difference between each of the Spin animation is their Rotation amount. A few legs are moving at 10 Degree, some at 30 Degree, a few at 35 Degree and other at 55 Degree both in Clockwise and Counterclockwise directions. See Figure 1.4:

Spin Emphasis Effect PowerPoint
Figure 1.4

You can download the presentation from the link below and you can open the Animation Pane from the Select drop-down button of Home tab and Animation Pane from Animations tab to see all the objects and animation effects that we used in this presentation.

Crawling Spider Animation in PowerPoint 2016 / 2019 Motion Graphics Tutorial 1
Figure 1.5

Finally, you get the following animation.

Crawling Spider Animation in PowerPoint
Crawling Spider Animation in PowerPoint

I hope you got The Teacher Point.

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The article How To Make Crawling Spider Animation also applies to the following versions:

  • PowerPoint 2007
  • PowerPoint 2010
  • PowerPoint 2013
  • PowerPoint 2016
  • PowerPoint 2019

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A Microsoft PowerPoint Animation Tutorial by the teacher

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