Join Heather Ackmann for an in-depth discussion in this video What you need to know, part of PowerPoint 2016: Animations.
- [Instructor] When I tell people about my advanced PowerPoint animation classes, people often look at me like I'm crazy. Like, how could I possibly fill an entire day or even hour with that subject? Or who would want to go to that class? Well, I'll tell you who. Business professionals who understand the need to step away from the barrage of bullets and stock photography. Crafting a message for your audience to do that effectively, it's nice to have as many tools at your disposal as possible. Like using color, text, and imagery, motion is also a skill that can be used and sometimes abused in PowerPoint.
For the business professional, using animation well can create a powerful and stunning presentation. Using it poorly can be embarrassing. For teachers, animation is great for drawing students' attention to specific points or key areas of a diagram, a note, or even to create an interactive activity. And for parents, presentations are being assigned at a much earlier age these days. And contrary to popular belief, kids may feel more comfortable using technology, but that doesn't mean that they know how to use it well.
For this course, we will be using PowerPoint 2016, which is a more confusing statement now as compared to previous versions of PowerPoint and Office. And that has to do with the updates and new features that users receive with their Office 365 subscriptions of Office. Now, if you have Office Home and Student, Business or Professional single license downloads of Office, you have the version that I'm using in this course. Otherwise, you are using the PowerPoint 2016 that comes with Office 365, which is different and means you have features and updates that we will not have access to in this course.
If you are unsure of which version of PowerPoint you have, here's a very simple way that you can tell: simply open up PowerPoint and go to your transitions tab and look for a transition called "morph". If you don't see that transition called "morph", chances are, you have the correct version of PowerPoint for this course. The good old standard PowerPoint 2016 out-of-the-box version. If you do see morph, you are working with the Office 365 version of PowerPoint.
If that's the case, I strongly recommend you switch over and watch my other course at Linda and LinkedIn learning. Powerpoint for Office 365: Animations in Depth, which is the same course conceptually, but uses the newer features, showing off what you can do with the most up to date subscription version of PowerPoint installed.
Heather begins with a primer on PowerPoint animation, helping you understand when—and when not—to incorporate animations into a presentation. She then goes into the building blocks of animating in PowerPoint: layering objects, working with background images, animating text, playing with lighting effects, and zooming with style. She shows how to animate with transitions, and walks viewers through the creation of three sample projects: a spinning globe animation, an animated timeline, and a flip-book. Heather wraps up by showing you how to put the finishing touches on a presentation by animating to music, automating playback, and exporting your PowerPoint file as a video.
- List three benefits of creating animations using PowerPoint.
- Apply appropriate techniques to create and format shapes.
- Recall how to set a background image.
- Explain how to create an animation when an element of the PowerPoint slide is clicked.
- Name the tool that allows you to animate numerous text boxes quickly.
- Recognize the appropriate steps for animating and arranging layers.