When we train on PowerPoint, we don’t often go through the animations and transitions in detail because everyone plays with them and you should never overuse them. There is a thin line between effective and gaudy. Please, we’re begging you never to use the airplane transition in a serious presentation.
There are two very useful transitions in PowerPoint however; morph and whilst not listed on the transition ribbon group, the zoom control which we’ll blog about later this week.
Morphing two similar slides is nothing new and in the past I would have used animations tools such as motion paths and fade. The morph transition potentially saves me hours by automating what I need.
Let’s get started
I have the following slide and want to add a second slide afterwards with different text and layout but essentially the same main components.
Of course, I could just use a fade transition but to be really flashy I’d create motion paths to move each of the elements around as if it were the same slide animating.
The easiest way to utilise morph is to duplicate your starting slide so now we have two slides the same.
In slide 2, move the elements where you want them to be, edit the text as required and create any new elements you require as you would normally. Here’s my new slide 2.
Once you’ve finished, select the morph transition for slide 2 and if you have transition preview set on, you’ll see PowerPoint recognising the existing elements from slide 1 and automatically moving them to their new positions on slide 2. The text and new elements simply fade in.
Here’s the effect.
Morph can also be set to animate words or characters as well as objects by setting your choice in Effect Options in the Transitions ribbon tab.
If you try to set morph on two completely dissimilar slides, you’ll just see morph perform a simple fade.
Whilst morph is a great time saver and looks really special, you may still need to create motion paths if you want elements to animate in certain ways, such as following a defined route.
This Early Solar System Explorations – Morph PowerPoint deck is a great example of using morph. There are no animations in this deck whatsoever, the work is all done by PowerPoint and it makes the fictional Mrs Roberts look awesome.
Morph is available in PowerPoint on Office 365 and PowerPoint 2019.