animations and transitions

When should you use animations and transitions

Microsoft PowerPoint has a multitude of features. From Animations and Transitions, Slide notes to Master Views. And Microsoft are always introducing new features. In office 2016, we have seen new features such as Morph and Design Ideas.

Two features which have grown over the years are animations and transitions.

Both animations and transitions date back to PowerPoint 97. Over the years there has been vast improvements to both.

To most people they are the fancy ways in which objects move onto slides or even how slides move from one to the next.

But to the people who design slide decks they are much more than that. They allow you to move objects around a slide, you can use animations to highlight objects or make them stand out from the rest with slight movements. By using both entrance and exit effects you can guide your audience down a route which you see fit.

Transitions may seem like a pretty add on, but like animations they too can play an important part in a presentation. You can use them to move smoothly from slide to slide or again to put emphasis on a part of your presentation.

However, as much as I like to use animations and transitions. I believe there is one very important rule you must always follow – ‘Keep it simple’. I see too many people who get very trigger happy when using animations. They feel that they need to have every object on the slide flying in from every angle of the page.

You can see what I mean from the two very different images below.

All over the place Animations
Nice, tidy and professional Animations

Follow these 3 simple rules to get the most from animations and transitions

  1. Keep it simple

As mentioned previously, keeping it simple is the best thing to do. Don’t go overboard with animations and transitions. It will make your presentation go from informative and tasteful to painstaking and dull. It is best to compare your presentation to a soup. You can put in caviar and the best of ingredients but sometimes you cannot compare it to a simple chicken soup.

  1. Mix it up

Don’t always use the same effects. Never be afraid to mix it up. Variation is the key to life. If you always use fly in or float in it will become very boring, very quickly. Everybody will have their favourite which is a safe bet. People are also afraid to use the more outlandish one’s due to them being outlandish. But a change will never hurt. Plus, you can always revert back to your favourite if the new one does not go down well.

  1. Entrance, Emphasis and Exit animations and transitions

Never be afraid to use multiple effects on one object. Yes, you want to keep it simple but you can use all kinds of effects to highlight different objects. It is useful to use multiple effects if you have multiple objects on your slide. A great example of this is a bullet-ed/numbered list. By using entrance and exit effects you can place emphasis on one point at a time.

Emphasis on current object only

The power of Morph

Morph was introduced into the PowerPoint franchise in 2016. It is an animation that does the hard work. All that needs to be done is to place objects on different slides, select the morph animation and let PowerPoint create the magic. PowerPoint will then set timings and animations for the object in question.

If you would like to learn more about morph, check out our tutorial on morph.

So, there you have it. Today we have discussed why animations and transitions important and 3 tips on best using these tools.

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