In this spicy tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a shooting start effect using PowerPoint animations to spice up your presentations.
In reality, you can use this technique to make anything fly across your PowerPoint slide, but in this tutorial I’ll focus on building a shooting start.
[Watch] Creating a Shooting Star in PowerPoint
Part #1: Create your shooting star
For this first part, I like to use a combination of shapes to add a little spice to my star (creating a more interesting shooting star effect).
1. Insert a 16-point starThe shooting star I like to use actually consists of two separate stars layered one top of each other. The first of which is a 16-point star (but you can of course experiment with other types of stars on your own). So from the insert tab, open up the shapes gallery dropdown and find the 16-point star near the bottom of the dropdown.
2. Stretch the 16-point starWith the star down on your slide, grab the yellow diamond on it and resize as you see fit. I always prefer skinner starts (as pictured below) but you can alternatively format yours anyway you like.
3. Insert a 4-point starWith the first star set, now we’ll insert the second star (I will use the 4-point start) that we will layer on top of our 16-point star. So again from the insert tab, open up the shapes gallery dropdown and find the 4-point star (or other start that you want to use). With the star down, let’s again adjust the points to be fatter or skinnier as you like (I’ve made them skinnier in this case).
4. Format your starsNow with both starts down and resized, let’s format them, starting with our 16-point star. With the 16-pint start selected, let’s first go to the ‘Format’ tab, then open the ‘Format Shape’ dialog. Within the Line Color section, let’s choose ‘No line’. Next, let’s go to ‘Fill’ selection on the left, select ‘Gradient’, and make it a path gradient – and reduce it to just two colors For the first color:
- Color – Inner most color (white)
- Position – 0%
- Transparency – 0%
- Color – Outer most color- white
- Position – 100% position
- Transparency – 100%