Thursday, August 19, 2010

PowerPoint Special Effects

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In this post we will take a look at Animations, Action Buttons, and other special effects in PowerPoint 2007.

Adding Animations to PowerPoint

The following seven minute video shows quite well how to use most of the standard animations and transitions in PowerPoint 2007.

This one shows how to do custom motion path animation.

Resources for this video can be obtained at: .

Powerpoint has some great special effects for images and text, such as 3D rotation, reflection, gradients, and so on.

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Here is a video that covers special effects such as picture effects like reflection, as well as animation effects.

And here is another free lesson from the Internet on Powerpoint Animations.

Adding Action Buttons to Slides

To get action buttons such as arrows for the next slide, or go to the end, we need to use Autoshapes and pick from "Action Buttons".

This short video shows how to go to another slide in the presentation using an Action Button. It also shows how to set up a button to end a PowerPoint presentation and go back to edit mode in PPT.

Here is another video that covers action buttons to create links between PowerPoint slides in a presentation.

Finally, here is a Tutorial using motion paths with action buttons to produce an AFL Football animation. This project is not only fun, but it also combines together all of the skills discussed previously.

So there's a few helpful ideas to jazz up your next PowerPoint presentation.

Big Passy Wasabi

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