August 9, 2022

How To Do Animation in PowerPoint 2016 / 2019 Tutorial

how to do animation in powerpoint

Download How To Do Animation in PowerPoint Presentation (PPT)

A Microsoft PowerPoint Animation Tutorial by the teacher

How To Do Animation in PowerPoint Presentation contains 3 slides and we will only discuss the 3rd Slide in this post as the first two slides are a replication of the 3rd slide having fewer objects on them.

How To Do Animation in PowerPoint

Slide 1 shows only those object of the scene which has been drawn using Shape Tools. Slide 2 contains all the objects of Slide 1 including animated GIF files of Sheep and Goat. The girl on the 3rd slide is the main object for which I’m writing this post.

Animated Scene Wireframe View in PowerPoint
Figure 1.1

Figure 1.1 of Slide 3 is illustrating 4 huge circles at the bottom to which all the other objects of the slides have been grouped with. For instance, Object Houses and Tree are grouped with 1st Circle, Stones and Gress are grouped with the 2nd Circle, 3rd Circle is grouped with Water, and Sun has been grouped with 4th Circle.

Tip: You can easily hide objects from slides but still use them by applying No Fill and No Outline colors.

All the colored objects in Figure 1.1 indicates that they all are pictures.

About the Animation

  • On Circle 1, Circle 2, Houses and Trees, Grass and Stones, and on the Sun; we applied the SPIN Emphasis effect. Each Spin animation has it’s own Effect Options properties and each circle is spinning with different rotation degrees and duration timings.
  • To move the Clouds, we used the Left Motion Path.
  • For Birds GIF File, we used the Diagonal Up Motion Path. (Transparent GIF File)
  • For the Sheep running on screen, we used Arc Motion Path. (Transparent GIF File)
  • The Sheep and the Goat standing near a tree has been grouped with one of the big circles. (Transparent GIF File)

You can download the presentation from the link below and can check the Effect Option properties for each of the above Spin animation that how much Rotation, Smoothness, Repeats, Duration, and Delay Timings have been applied.

The Walking Girl Animation in PowerPoint

The main attraction point of this Presentation is the Walking Girl, which has been drawn using an Oval, Rounded Corner Rectangles and FreeForm Shape. Look into the Selection Pane and you can notice that all the body parts of the girl, which are in motion have been drawn separately. Like Head, Shoulder, Left Hand, Right Hand, Body, Left Leg and Right Leg.

#ListenMicrosoft – Even PowerPoint 2019 doesn’t support aplying different animations on Grouped objects.

If anyhow Microsoft will add this functionality to PowerPoint, where you can apply different animations to a grouped object then this update can really create unlimited animation #PossibilitiesWithPowerPoint.

Girl Wireframe View in PowerPoint
Figure 1.2

In Figure 1.2, you can notice that 2 small ovals have been Highlighted in Red Rectangles. Each of the oval has been grouped separately with one of the girl’s hand. Look into the Selection Pane and you can notice that Girl Left-Hand has been grouped with Oval 15 and Girl Right-Hand has been grouped with Oval 11. You don’t see these ovals during Slideshow as we hide them by applying No Fill and No Outline. We are using both of these ovals as Custom Anchor Points.

#ListenMicrosoft – These small ovals have been grouped with the hands to create Custom Anchor Points and that is another basic element of Animation which is still missing in even PowerPoint 2019.

It is like a Graphics Designer using Adobe illustrator or CorelDraw without Anchor Points.

What Custom Anchor Points are used for?

Look into Figure 1.3, you can notice that we applied the Spin effect to both of the Girl’s hands. As explained earlier that the Girl character has been drawn using Shape Tools and so the hands are Custom FreeForm shapes.

Custom Anchor Points in PowerPoint
Figure 1.3

As each of the Girl’s body parts are separately in Motion and both the hands are rotating at 85 Degree Clockwise and Counter-Clockwise respectively at the same time. So, what will happen if I don’t use these small ovals to define a custom anchor points for hands? See Figure 1.4 where Custom Anchor Points has been define by grouping small ovals with the hands.

Custom Anchor Points example
Figure 1.4

Now, take a look into Figure 1.5, where I am removing those small ovals and after that note down the rotation of the hands.

Object Rotation Without Anchor Point
Figure 1.5

After deleting the small oval used as an Anchor Point, the rotation of hands will change. If we will apply the Spin effect without setting the Custom Anchor Point then they will rotate as shown in Figure 1.5. We wanted to rotate the hands by having an Anchor Point near the shoulders of the girl as shown in Figure 1.4.

Now, let’s talk about the rest of the animations applied to Girl character as shown in Figure 1.2.

  • Girl Head is spinning at 8 Degree Clockwise with Auto Reverse, Without Smoothness, Duration 1.25 Seconds and Repeat Until End of Slide.
  • Right and Left Legs are Rotating at 40 Degree Clockwise and Counter-Clockwise, without Smoothness, with Auto Reverse, Duration 1.25 Seconds and Repeat Until End of Slide.
  • The Body is spinning at 8 Degree Clockwise, with Auto Reverse, Without Smoothness, Duration 1.25 Seconds and Repeat Until End of Slide.
  • Along with that, we also applied short Motion Paths to the Left and Right Leg and to create a walking movement, we moved the legs forward and backward to match with the legs rotation.
How To Do Animation in PowerPoint
An animated preview in GIF Format about How To Do Animation in PowerPoint.

I hope you got The Teacher Point.


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The article How To Make Animation (Walking Girl with Animated Scene) applies to the following versions:

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

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