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Landscape Parallax Animation in PowerPoint 2016 / 2019 Tutorial

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Doesn’t matter if you are a beginner, you can create this animation just in a few simple steps. Four different pictures moving with different speed of motion is just all you need to create this Landscape Parallax Animation Effect in Microsoft PowerPoint.

Landscape Parallax Animation Slide View
Landscape Parallax Effect Slide View
Figure 1.1

The only important thing is how you draw the entire scene to attract the audience. Copying / Pasting pictures from online sources like Google is an easy task but that too requires a basic understanding of creating animation in PowerPoint.

That’s for sure that I’m talking about Portable Network Graphics (Transparent)

  • Take a look at Figure 1.1, where you can see a view of the slide where 4 Pictures can be seen in the Selection Pane and 4 Motion Path effects in the Animation Pane. The mountains, trees, and clouds have been created using the Shape Tools and later each of them has been converted to images, so we may easily apply the motion path on the pictures; instead of too many grouped shape objects.
  • You can download the PNG Files of Landscape Parallax Effect presentation from the link below. I will explain to you in my next article that how I converted those Shape Objects into Transparent PNGs using PowerPoint.
  • Transparent pictures are a great way to create a single animated scene as you can place one object on the other without overlapping any white area as you may see an example in our Realistic Animated Walk Cycle Tutorial.
  • You can select one picture and can then Ungroup the pictures from the Format tab. You can see how a picture has been copied, flipped and grouped to create a single large image which later we will move using the Motion Path effects as shown in Figure 1.2. Also take a look into the Selection Pane, where after ungrouping you can see more objects in the list.
How To Create Landscape Parallax Animation Effect in PowerPoint
Figure 1.2
  • Take a look at the following animations. Here we have applied the Left Motion Path to each of the pictures with different duration timings W/w Clouds & Train.
  • Clouds and Train including and objects can be seen moving behind the Train Window.
  • You can read our article on How To Create A Toy Train Animation in PowerPoint for more information.

You can add as many objects you want in this kind of animated scenes.

A classical style of making 2D animations.
  • Figure 1.3 displaying 8 Seconds Duration of the Left Motion Path. Note down the beginning position of the picture which is exactly at the left side of the slide and the length of the Motion Path is exactly stopping at a point where a continuous loop of this animation will not make any flickering.
Landscape Parallax Effect Single Slide Setting
Figure 1.3

So the same Left Motion Effect with different duration timings has been applied to all the 4 images in the presentation:

  • Front Scene – 8 Seconds
  • Middle Scene – 10 Seconds
  • Last Scene – 15 Seconds
  • Clouds – 20 Seconds
Landscape Effect Loop Settings using Repeat Settings in Effect Options.
Figure 1.4
  • In Figure 1.4, you can see the Red Arrows indicating the difference between the loop as we had applied the Left Motion Path with “Repeat Until End of Slide” to make a loop of the entire animation.

Conclusion of the Landscape Parallax Effect Tutorial

You can either insert ready-made transparent PNG files or can create your own using Shape Tools to draw a scene like above. Then you can apply Motion Path to each picture with different duration timings while defining an exact length of the Motion Path. Due to the difference between the Duration Timings and Delay Timings between the Motion Path of the pictures, it looks as each layer is moving separately and creates an illusion of the Parallax Effect.

I hope you got The Teacher Point.

Watch Landscape Parallax Animation PowerPoint Tutorial Video

You can create this Landscape Parallax Animation in the following versions:

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

A Microsoft PowerPoint Animation Tutorial.

By The Teacher