Here’s a slick way to transition between slides in PowerPoint

Oh boy, the first tutorial of 2020! The pressure’s on, but don’t worry, I’m going to deliver.

Want to know why?

Because I’m going to show you the coolest PowerPoint slide transitions that you’ve ever seen.

Even better: I’m going to show you how you can apply a similar effect for your presentation!

What’s a slide transition in PowerPoint?

PowerPoint’s Slide Transitions are the cool motion effects that that are played the second you move from one slide to the other. They usually only occur whenever you view your presentation in Slide Show Mode.

You can find the various PowerPoint transitions available to you by clicking on your slide, then clicking on the transitions tab.

Something to keep in mind: Slide transitions are sequential (at least most of the time). This means that the transition effects will only play once you move from one specific slide to another slide.

And yes, you have total control on how you want your slide transitions to play out.

The most powerful PowerPoint transition ever? Morph!

There’s a transition effect that is so friggin’ amazing it will blow your socks off.

And that transition effect is Morph.

What is the Morph transition?

In a nutshell, the Morph transition animates different objects on your slide to, quite literally, move from one slide to another. It gives a seamless illusion where the content on one slide can grow or move into specific places on the other slide.

You can find Morph by clicking on a slide, then heading to the Transitions Tab and clicking on Morph.

Remember, you can also adjust Morph’s settings by playing around with the Timing section within the Transitions tab.

PowerPoint Transitions tab highlighting the Timing section

Caution: Handle Morph with care!

Morph is an absolute beast when it comes to animating your presentations. But beasts do need to be tamed.

It’s crucial you familiarize yourself with how Morph works. And it’s definitely worth taking the time to play around with how Morph can make your content ‘come to life.’ (I know, I know, too cliche.)

Follow the tutorial and tinker as your please

Today’s tutorial focuses on how we can show off the statistics of some world-known footballers.

We’ll be going over everything, from how we structure the design and layouts, all the way to implementing Morph and tweaking its settings to best fit our needs.

I’m not going to write out what you need to do via text and screen shots because doing so won’t give PowerPoint’s Morph Transition the justice it rightly deserves.

Following the tutorial video will give you some awesome insight, so please do take the time to go through it.

Quick tip: Don’t be afraid to think outside the slide

A big part of using Morph is planning how to move your content around. Sometimes, that could mean moving content off the slide.

The lesson? Don’t be afraid to move objects beyond the things you deem ‘normal.’

You could be robbing your chances of achieving a seamless, slick, and highly interactive presentation!

Credit where its due

The pictures I downloaded were from CleanPNG (previously known as KissPNG), a website that has loads of PNG pictures (i.e. pictures with no backgrounds) that you can use in your presentations. Just be sure you’re following all the licensing requirements if you’re using their assets.

That’s it! How’d you get on?

See? That wasn’t so hard, was it?

Sure, Morph can be tricky. But with the right mindset, and a little creativity, you can achieve some awesome results.

If you have the time, then I’d love to see some of your creations! Don’t be afraid to reach out on the comments section and let me know!

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah is a PowerPoint ninja that founded Slide Cow, a learning platform for all things PowerPoint, presentations and public speaking. When he's not designing slides or giving presentations, he's on another coffee run.
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