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14 Steps Away Towards a Great Motion Graphics in PowerPoint
Presentation experts opine that their audiences retain most of a presentation if 70% of the content is visual. That's no license of course to fill your presentation with images only! Remember to use images wisely and only where required. One of the ways that will also help your audience is the reasonable use of animation. Transitions are supposed to be one of the worst ever "visuals", if you could call them that, since they add no value to a presentation. Here's one example which once you learn, will help reinforce your ideas and thoughts.
For this, we shall use motions graphics in PowerPoint (almost) equivalent to After Effects called Custom Motion. This is a function which you will find in the Animation menu. Follow the step-by-step and easy instructions below and you’ll be good to go.
Let's first create the brick steps.
Step #1: Select the rectangle shape from the Drawing Tools menu and draw a rectangle on the slide
Step #2: Right click and select Format Shape
Step #3: Choose Fill and select Pattern Fill
Step #4: Select the desired pattern and
Step #5: Change the colors as desired (Foreground and Background)
Step #6: Duplicate the brick step (Ctrl + D) and arrange in the shape of a flight of stairs
Step #7: Draw a circle using the shape from the Drawing Tools menu
Step #8: Click on Animations in the main menu
Step #9: Scroll down to the Motion Paths section
Step #10: Click on Custom Path
Step #11: Click on the ball
Step #12: Using your mouse, create a motion path for the ball to follow
You can also customize the path by doing a right click on the path > Edit Points.
Step #13: Once done, press Enter
Step #14: While still on the Animations menu, click on Animation Pane. A panel will open in the right hand side so you can edit and customize the animation.