Adding animated pictures to PowerPoint
Tech Tips by Burleson Consulting
It's often very handy to have
animations inside a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate a complex interaction,
but creating animated slides for PowerPoint can be very confusing. After
wasting an hour with the PowerPoint animation feature it became clear that this
PowerPoint feature is not animating text and pictures, and not for "playing" an
animation within a PPT slide.
Here is my approach to adding animated
illustrations to PowerPoint presentations. It involves using PowerPoint to
create each "slide" for an animated gif, and once the animated gif is created,
pasting it into the "real" PowerPoint presentation.
1 - Download the
Microsoft gif animator tool
2 - Draw your illustration in
PowerPoint, saving each image, and then "insert --> duplicate slide" to get the
starting point for the next image:
3 - Open the MS gif animator.
4 - Starting with the LAST PPT
slide in your deck, copy the PowerPoint image and paste it into MS-Word, or
Photoshop to convent it into a paste-able image. Then re-copy the image:
5 - Working backwards from the
last picture, paste the image into the MS gif animator. In the animation
tab, set "looping, repeat forever":
6 - After you have pasted-in a
few images, save the animated gif and test it in your browser:
7 - Once the animated gif is
complete, you can paste it directly into your PowerPoint by choosing (insert -->
picture --> from file).
Here are some samples:
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