My video PowerPoint Tutorial on Kids Toy Train Animation begins at 1.15 as before that you see the Graphic Designing process of the Toy Train using the Shape Tools from the Insert tab. However, it could be a bit helpful for beginners who just started using PowerPoint for animation purposes. Let’s begin and the original animation inspiration is by:
- Take a look at Figure 1.1 illustrating the WireFrame View (all objects without Fill Color but with just Black Outline) of Toy Train with Selection Pane displaying the name of all the objects on the presentation.
- Figure 1.2 illustrating only those objects which are in motion.
- We only need to animate Tyres, Railway Line, Smoke and Background Image and that means the Train Body is standing still and only background image and tyres are moving. Not even the tyres as they are just spinning at one position. That is the background image which is creating an illusion of the movement. So, when you fit the body on top, then it completes the Kids Toy Train animation as shown in Figure 1.3:
As I always said, “In PowerPoint, that is the scene and character graphics designing which takes most of the time. Otherwise, applying animation is not a big deal.” Begin by downloading our presentation from the link below and see how quickly you can assign the said animations, once you have all the objects at the right place inside your presentation.
PowerPoint Animation Effects Used:
- We will begin by adding the SPIN animation to the Bogie Back Tyre by moving to the Animation tab and then clicking on the Add Animations drop-down button and then click on SPIN from the Emphasis effect category. So Beginners; that is how you apply animation effects to your objects in PowerPoint. That’s it and later are just techniques!
- To explain this in more depth; take a look at Figure 1.5. Here in the Selection Pane, you can see that we hide all the other objects except for the Bogie Back Tyre by clicking on the Eye button once (and that is the answer to the question that How You Can Show / Hide Objects in PowerPoint?). BTW, you can open the Selection Pane from the Home tab – Select drop-down button under the Editing section.
- After applying the SPIN animation effect to the Back Bogie Tyre, you can open the Effect Options Property window by double-clicking on the effect name in the Animation Pane and set the properties as follows:
- From the Effect tab, set the Amount to 360 Degree, no Smooth Start, End and No Bounce timings, No Auto Reverse and mind you that are the default settings of the SPIN effect.
- From the Timings tab, set Start With Previous with 0 Delay Timings, 2 Seconds Duration and Repeat Until End of Slide. Never use After Previous unless necessary when you need to apply animations to multiple objects on a single slide.
- We need to apply the same SPIN animation to the rest of the train tyres. So, you can either go with the Animation Painter to quickly replicate the same animation to the rest of the tyres or you can repeat the above steps to apply the SPIN animation to the rest of the tyres. Without the help of Animation Painter, you have to repeat the above steps 3 more times but the Animation Painter can make your life easier. Now, take a look at Figure 1.6:
- Using the above steps, we have applied the SPIN animation on all the tyres and the static Train Body is now on the top of the tyres with a Village Background picture. Also take a look into Animation Pane, where you can see that all the tyres now have the Spin animation with similar Effect Options as mentioned above.
- Audio File has been added to create an impression! You can download Free Stock Sounds from Soundbible or Google for the said Search Term.
- Railway Line is Grouped Straight Lines – with Cap Tab set to Round from Format Shape properties window, which you can open by right-clicking on a Shape and choose Format Shape; then under Line. We applied the Motion Path effect to the Background Village image and Railway Line and the rest of the objects and animations are static. Nothing is moving except for these two.
- Background Village Image actually is a group of multiples replication of the same image while flipping them horizontally. Take a close look in the picture and you will guess what I am talking about (same houses, you see!). Also, take a look at the length of the Motion Path and you can apply the Left Motion Path by clicking on the Animations tab – Add Animation – More Motion Paths – Left.
- In Figure 1.7 you can see the Starting Point of Left Motion Path in the Red Circle in right with a Green Rectangle and Ending Point in the Red Circle in the left with Red Rectangle. Keep in mind that when you need to create an infinite loop of animation without any flicker then you must be drawn an accurate Starting and Ending Point for the objects in PowerPoint.
- The duration of this Motion Path effect is 15 Seconds, which is long enough and is just for illustration purposes. When making animations in PowerPoint, you might want to show these kinds of scenes just for 3 to 5 seconds. So basically, you don’t have to take much care of what should be the exact length of the motion path?
- The same goes for the Railway Line object. Apply the Left Motion Path with a short duration of just 2 seconds. The objects which are closer should have faster motion than the objects which are further away. The following two figures will illustrate to you that more clearly.
- Finally, the Smoke Effect. Up Motion Path with Fade Out (or Exit) effects has been used for Smoke Effect. A short Up Motion Path effect has been applied to White Color Fill Oval Shapes with a time duration of 2 Seconds and Repeating Until End of Slide from Effect Options. No Smoothness, No Bounce, and No Auto Reverse, please!
- Secondly, Fade Out / Exit effect on the same Oval Shapes but with a Delay Timings of 0.50 Seconds because we want those Oval Shapes to be fade out after a little when moving upwards. The duration of this effect is just 0.25 Seconds. As both these effects have different duration timings and one effect is starting with a delay will create an unseemingly (ovals coming appearing from different locations) bubble or smoke effect as shown below:
When you combine all the above techniques you get the Kids Toy Train Animation Scene in PowerPoint and I hope you got The Teacher Point!
You can create this Toy Train Animation in the following versions:
- PowerPoint 2007
- PowerPoint 2010
- PowerPoint 2013
- PowerPoint 2016
- PowerPoint 2019