PowerPoint offers a number of animation effects and most effects have a number of options. You could spend a lot of time working through all the options and still not get an elegant solution. Sometimes, the answer isn’t settings that are more complicated, it’s a simple change of perspective.
The flip entrance effect is a great example of what I’m describing. It’s easy to apply and it’s an interesting effect, as is. The following slide uses this effect to flip (or fly in) letters of a nursery rhyme. Not easy to get a picture of, but the effect’s easy to add:
- Insert a text box and enter the text. I used Tempus Sans ITC, 36 – I thought it looked a bit whimsical without being ornate.
- With the text box selected, click the Animations tab and then click Add Animation in the Advanced Animation group.
- Choose More Entrance Effects from the gallery.
- From the Exciting section, select Flip, and click OK.
- Open the Animation Pane by clicking Animation Pane in the Advanced Animation group.
- Choose With Previous from the Start control.
- Click F5 to run the slide.
PowerPoint flips each letter into place – it resembles birds flying in and roosting. As it’s, it’s interesting and a bit playful, but with a simple change of perspective, we can make it unusual.
You’re probably wondering what I mean by perspective. In this case, I mean a simple rotation of the text. The effect is the same. To flip the text, do the following:
- Right-click the text box and choose Format Text Effects.
- In the resulting dialog, choose Text Box in the left pane.
- From the Text Direction dropdown, choose Rotate All Text 270°.
- Click Close.
- Then, resize and reposition the text box using the following slide as a guide.
Getting something a bit out of the ordinary doesn’t have to mean more bells and whistles – sometimes it’s as simple as changing the perspective a bit. Unfortunately, in this case, you lose that roosting birds effect, so it’s a tossup as to whether this rotated flip is better than the horizontal flip.
Rotating the text is doable in PowerPoint 2003, but it isn’t as easy to implement.
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