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PowerPoint Animations - Getting Started

Here's how to create animations using the Microsoft PowerPoint custom animation pane...
The PowerPoint animations task pane lets you create a range of custom animations in PowerPoint.
In this article, I'll show you how to create some animation effects and how to layer objects so the animations look as they should.
Getting Started
To see how to add a simple animation to a logo on a slide, download these images which are called : swashlogo.png and swashlogo_transparent.png - you will need both for this tutorial. To download them, right click on each and choose Save Image As.

Once you have created the animation it will display this logo on a slide and it will then disappear within a few seconds of the slide being shown. This is a handy way to badge your slides with your company logo without visibly overshadowing the slide content.

A simple animation
Start by adding the image swashlogo.png to your slide by choosing Insert tab > Insert Picture and size and position it in the bottom right corner of your slide.

Click on the image and choose Animations tab and, from the Animate dropdown list choose Animation Pane to display the Animation taskpane.

To have this image disappear after a few seconds, from the Animation panel's Exit options, choose Fade. If Fade isn’t in the list, choose More Exit Effects and locate the Fade effect in the effect collection. Right click the entry in the custom animation pane and choose Show Advanced Timeline. This shows an orange bar indicating how long the animation will play for.

You can drag the animation end point to change where the animation finishes. Right click it and choose Start After Previous to ensure that it begins when the slide first appears. Click the Slideshow button to preview the slideshow and watch the animation play. The logo will disappear within a few seconds of the slide appearing.

More complex animation
To make a larger version of the logo appear over the entire slide, select the slide to work with and choose Insert tab > Insert Picture and this time choose swashlogo_transparent.png. Size the image to fit the slide. This is an almost transparent version of the logo through which you can see underlying objects on the slide.

To animate it so it appears a few seconds after the slide appears, select the image and from the Custom Animation task pane choose Add Effect > Entrance and choose Fade. Right click the object in the task pane and choose Start After Previous. Click the Slideshow button to preview the effect.
To ensure that the logo appears on top of other objects on the slide, select it, right click and choose Bring To Front > Bring Forward. The ordering of objects on the slide affects not only their visibility but also if they are clickable – an object hidden under another cannot be clicked.
Click a shape to run an animation

Add an image to the slide. This image will display when a shape is clicked. Position the image and to layer it behind another image on the slide, such as the swashlogo, right click it and choose Send to Back > Send Backwards.

Add a shape to the slide and type some text into it. Select the image – if this is difficult, choose Home tab > Select > Selection Pane and click on the image to select. In the custom animation screen, choose Add Effect > Entrance and then choose an entrance effect such as checkerboard.

Set the Start to After Previous. Right click the animation entry and choose Timing. Click Triggers to display the trigger options and choose Start Effect on Click of and then choose the shape as the trigger and click Ok. When you play the slide and click the shape the image will appear.

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