Animating objects on a slide is a great way to add visual interest to your presentations. In this movie, you will know how to create a custom animation by having an object move along a path you draw with your mouse. You will then know how to customize the animation by adding a delay and adjusting the timing.
- [Voiceover] Earlier in this chapter, we touched on animations, and animating objects on a slide can really add visual interest keeping your audience interested in your content. Well, there is a type of animation not many people are aware of, it's the custom path animation where you get to choose exactly what's going to happen to the object. We're gonna take a look at it in this movie with our Landon Hotel presentation. Landon Hotel oh-one-oh-six if you're catching up. We left off on slide two, having created this custom shape using some of the merge options.
Well, let's say we wanna animate this, so it comes on to the slide bouncing around, looking at each of these images since it is a set of sights that need to be seen. So we'll click and drag it off the slide, that's where we want it to start. And now, with it selected, you'll notice that we can go to the Animations tab and choose from a number of animations including Path Animations. Click that drop down. And right at the top you'll see some custom options, where you can draw a curve, a free form zigzag, or a straight line or scribble the exact path that you want this object to follow.
I'm gonna go with Draw Freeform. Next, all I have to do is go right to the center of my object here and start dragging around on the slide. So let's say I want it to bounce in hitting this top part of the slide. I can click and drag, release, click and drag now to start the new line that goes all the way over to the left here. Release, click and drag straight down now, release, click and drag up to the center of the first image, release and you get the idea.
Click and drag and release, click and drag and release. And we'll have it end underneath the last image right over here. So to end our path, we just double-click. There we go. And we get a quick preview of what's going to happen. Now we can make adjustments if we need it to. For example, we could go to the image here where we see that red arrow. Just click and drag it down. Maybe I want it to start a little bit lower all the way across. We can also increase the size of the entire object.
You can see where it's ending just touching the bottom. I like it right there, it's gonna start off the slide but it happens a little bit too fast. So here you can see in the Animations pane that opens up it's the last animation, and I want it to happen automatically after this last image pops in. So I'm gonna choose After Previous, so it's automatic. But I want it to take longer than two seconds, so down below if you don't see the Timing section opened up, just click the arrow to expand it, because I think it should take a little bit longer.
How about three seconds? Well, maybe even five seconds, which is very slow, or just go down here to choose something in between, like how about four? There we go, you could type in the number as well. And that's going to be the new timing. So we'll just click in the background of our slide and we'll test this out. Let's just play right from this current animation, so with Freeform selected at the bottom, we can click Play From. You can see that's much slower, it's bouncing around.
And it ends up right there underneath the last image. Very cool. We can close up the Animations pane now. And click in the background so nothing is selected. We continue to see the path of our animation and the numbering for animations as well. But, obviously when we go to play this presentation in front of an audience, we're gonna see some real, cool, exciting effects that we're able to create using a custom path.
- Animating objects with the Animation Painter
- Creating custom shapes and animations
- Playing sounds
- Accessing recent files fast
- Reducing file size
- Customizing the interface
- Navigating from the keyboard
- Adjusting spacing
- Creating 3D images
- Coordinating transitions
- Reusing slides
- Saving and sharing presentations