In this video, learn how to add motion paths to objects on a slide to animate them by moving them along a path you create by using a variety of presets or custom drawn paths.
- [Instructor] Another way to animate objects on your slides here in Storyline is to have them move along a path, a path that you draw. It's called a motion path. That's what we're going to explore in this movie with our orientation project, Orientation0207 if you're catching up. We left off animating some of the objects on our first slide here and we can tell which ones have been animated by the stars that appear in the top left corner so the two ovals which will be buttons eventually and our title up here at the top and we can actually use these now to select these objects.
When we go to the first oval, start training, and click the star, with the animations tab selected up here in the ribbon, we can see that the effect is actually called swivel. It's going to last a full second. And if we click the effects options dropdown, we chose none so it's going to swivel right in place. There's going to be no actual direction. But, did you know you can add a motion path on top of an existing animation combining the two? So, we could have this oval actually move along a path while it swivels.
That's what we're going to do with both of these objects. And I just want to draw your attention down to the timeline for a moment here. It's a good time to mention that the more you label things, the easier it will be down the road to work with them. Now, when you bring in slides from a PowerPoint presentation or create new ones from those templates, you can see what happens. The text boxes and ovals are just simply labeled that way with numbers so it could become difficult to know which one is which looking at the timeline. Let's just increase the timeline a little bit higher so we can see all of the objects here, a couple of text boxes.
We can see a little bit about them by looking over here on the right on the timeline where we see that automatically everything's there right at the beginning when the slide appears and the duration is set to five seconds. That's the default. The other default is users will have to click the next button to move on so really things stay on the slide for five seconds but the slide stays there until somebody moves so let's keep that in mind and then start labeling things as we add them going forward. After the fact, it can become quite a challenge.
So, if we go to text box one here and click, you can see it's the text along the bottom, please make a selection, so we can change that label by double clicking. We could call it selection text and press Enter. Oval two when we select it down here is the go to quiz. We can double click and type in quiz oval and oval one when we select it is the start training button, double click, type in start training.
Now, as I mentioned, it's best to do all of this labeling as we actually add the content going forward so we don't have to come back and do it. Then there's the two text boxes. This one here just called text box is our subtitle. I'm going to double click and call it subtitle like so and this one down below is actually the first item at the very top, the welcome title, double click and type in title, in this case we can tell that's the welcome text that shows up over here on the right.
So, now that we have our slide labeled and the slide itself is labeled welcome, we probably want to go through all of these slides and relabel them because they just simply are labeled for us when we bring them in from PowerPoint. We can now choose from the timeline the start training oval, we know it right from here, and see it's selected up here now on the slide and now we can apply that motion path. Before we do though, I'm going to just drag this timeline down a little bit and I don't want to see all of the slide necessarily.
I need to see some more room outside the slide because with a motion path, objects can start off the slide and come onto the slide. So, let's zoom out. We'll click in the background so nothing's selected and use the zoom slider here to zoom out by dragging the button to the left. It's not necessarily important to read what's on there, more important to see the extra space. Okay, let's go back to our oval now. Again, we can select it with the star. We can click the object or go down to the timeline to select it from there.
The motion paths, when we click the dropdown, allow us some basic options with start and end points, green and red, straight lines, arcs, and turns. You can also have things move on the path of a shape, circle, square, triangle, and trapezoids. And you can also draw your own using free form or you create a start and end point and adjust the curves in between or scribble like you would with a pencil or draw a nice little S curve. You can see the start and end points are red and green.
Let's go to scribble. This allows us the most freedom. It turns your mouse pointer into a pencil and, like I mentioned, we want this to start off the slide and maybe come into the slide and end up right where it is there so let's do that. We'll click and drag, I'm going to drag it right down into this corner, have it bounce around a little bit and then up into position. I'm going to go as close to the center of that object before I release. Don't be alarmed by what you see here. What you're actually going to see is an area representing the start and end points.
And you can see because we ended up here, it looks as though this is going to start here and end off the slide, but we can move this entire box so that the end oval is placed exactly over the existing start training oval like so. All right, let's do the same with our go to quiz oval. We'll select the star. There we go, there's your green and red. And we'll do the same thing but from the opposite direction so we'll go down to scribble from add motion path and we'll have it start out here and kind of bounce into position and end up right there.
And again, the box needs to be moved so that the end point is on the slide, the start point is off the slide. I think we're ready to preview this. Let's go up to the preview dropdown button. You can choose this slide or use Control + F12 and it will generate that slide including the animations. You can see that little bounce before they fall into position. All right, let's close the preview and make some adjustments now.
We'll go to the animations for both these ovals, click the star, hold down your Shift key and click the star for the other oval so they're both selected and let's bump up the duration of the swivel. We'll bump it up to for exaggerated purposes three seconds. And now when we go to the motion path, we can actually on the line to see that the motion path has its own duration and it defaults to two seconds. That means it's going to take two seconds to get into position, but for an additional second it'll continue to swivel.
That could be cool. So, let's leave it at that. Same thing for the other one. If we click it, it's at two. Now, when we preview and choose this slide, it's going to look a little bit different. Yes, it'll bounce into position, but then it will swivel for that additional second at the end, I like that effect. Let's close our preview. And that's how you add a motion path animation to an object, even an object that's already animated, combining more than one animation for added effect.
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