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4 Mistakes People Make With PowerPoint Animations

Most of the advice out there about animations focuses on how NOT to use them, or on how much they get abused. Ok – there’s truth to that, but it’s about as old as “don’t use 1990s clipart.” Most people get it. BUT – just because a tool can be used to create something ugly doesn’t […]

Paint 3D: Going 3D With Your Designs in 2017

As a management consultant, I’m always on the lookout for new and emerging trends in my clients’ businesses. Given my passion for spicy presentations, I’m also scanning the market for new presentation technologies as well. As part of a series on presentation trends for 2017 for PowerPoint MVP Ellen Finklestein, I wanted to share the […]

Hologram Videos in PowerPoint (Yes Way!)

It’s always exciting to think about that next big thing around the corner, which can transform the way that we live – and especially how we communicate and deliver presentations. Although what looks like hologram video technology has been used in high-profile performances in the past, such as Tupac’s for a few years ago, I’m […]

PowerPoint Zoom Animation Effect [Pro Trick]

I’m trying a new style of blog post to teach you the awesome PowerPoint zoom animation trick below. You remember those Where’s Waldo books? Well this effect would be PERFECT for zooming in on his location and pointing him out in the crowd. And it’s one of those “I can’t believe that was made in PowerPoint!” […]

How to Create A Poll In PowerPoint

A really cool way to engage an audience is using live polls in your PowerPoint presentations. Learn how you can look like a tech genius with PowerPoint, by creating a live poll yourself!

The New Morph Transition in PowerPoint 2016 – Prezi-Like Effect

How to use the Morph Transition in PowerPoint 2016 to create a cool Prezi-like effect in PowerPoint.

PowerPoint Pictures Color Pop Trick

See how to create a cool picture pop effect by quickly combining black and white photos with color photos entirely within PowerPoint.

Create a Shooting Star Effect in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Animation – Shooting Star Effect

Learn how to create a shooting start effect in PowerPoint with animations and motion paths.

What's New in PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint 2013 New Features and Animation Tricks

Are you using all of the new features of PowerPoint 2013 yet? If not, see what’s new and how to kick the tires for FREE with the Office 2016 preview.

"How to Build Educational Memory Games in PowerPoint"

PowerPoint Games For Teachers: Interactive Memory Game

Learn how to create an interactive PowerPoint memory game using PowerPoint animations and triggers. Even if you are not a teacher, I highly recommend adding this trick to your toolkit as this advanced animations trick opens up a new fun world of games and interactivity!

"Advanced PowerPoint Animations - Creating Fireworks"

Advanced PowerPoint Animation – How to Create Fireworks

Fireworks are yet another cool advanced PowerPoint animation trick you can use to spice up your presentations by combining simple shapes with animations. There are many different ways to create fireworks depending on the style you want – so in this PowerPoint animation tutorial I’ll just show you my favorite technique!   Just want the fireworks? Click […]

"Advanced PowerPoint Animation - Opening and Closing Doors with the Hinge Effect"

Advanced PowerPoint Animation – Hinge Effect Tutorial

Adding this hinge animation effect to your presentation will delight your audience, as no one expects to see something opening and closing in PowerPoint. In PowerPoint animation effects tutorial I’ll show you how to make a door hinge effect, but the same technique applies to boxes and other “hinge effect” examples you can see in the graphics below. […]

"How to Create Motion Text Effects in PowerPoint"

Creating Motion Text Effects in PowerPoint

This effect is so cool that many people are surprised that you can even do this in PowerPoint.  You can make any text (or other object) come to life instantly by making a moving background fill, like what you see below: Here’s how to make this really neat effect in PowerPoint: Make your mask. Choose […]

"The MUST Have Amazing Animation Tool for Serious Animators in PowerPoint"

THE Must Have Amazing Animation Tool For All Serious Animators

Hi everyone!  In this post, I’m going to highlight a really cool FREE animation tool, which I wish I knew about years ago! The MUST have animation tool was created by PowerPoint MVP Shyam Pillai, which you can download for free (but donations are recommended!) for all versions of PowerPoint on his site by clicking […]

Animated Scenes with Vector Images

Create Animated Scenes With Vector Images In PowerPoint

Vector images or graphics are great for creating animated scenes in PowerPoint – which is what makes this one of my favorite tricks to use again and again. Vector images are fun to play with because you can take pieces of different pictures and make your own – AND you can animate them one layer at […]

Create a Holiday Card with Falling Snow in PowerPoint

Creating A Falling Snow Effect In PowerPoint Using Animations

Happy Holidays to everyone! In the spirit of the season, here is a quick PowerPoint trick for spicing up any winter-themed picture with continuous falling snow. Add some music, and it can make a great holiday card for your friends and family! P.S. If you need some music for your card, subscribe here to see my favorite […]

Reveal a Moving Background in PowerPoint with Animations

How To Reveal A Moving Background Animation Effect In PowerPoint

In this tutorial, I’ll show you a combination of two PowerPoint animation tricks you can use to create a video-like effect for your images within your presentations: Animation Trick #1: A combo of the Fly In and Split animations to create an interesting reveal effect Animation Trick #2: Using a motion path on a background image to create a rolling background […]

How to Rotate 3D Shapes in PowerPoint Advance Animation

How To Rotate 3D Shapes With PowerPoint Animations

This PowerPoint trick is so cool that it often makes people wonder how it could’ve been done in PowerPoint. It combines the simple concept of a flipbook with various angle settings to make stunning 3D spinning shapes. PowerPoint Animation Demonstration Creating 3D Spinning Shapes in PowerPoint can be broken down into 3 steps: Step #1: […]

Creating a 3D Pop-Out Picture Effect in PowerPoint.png

How To Create A 3D Pop-Out Picture Effect In PowerPoint

If you’ve ever wanted to spice up the pictures in your presentations, a clever PowerPoint trick for doing so is to create the “out of bounds” effect or 3D pop-out picture effect, which you can pull off directly within PowerPoint (no Photoshop required). That’s right, you can create all of the 3D “out of bounds” […]

Create an Animated City Night Lights Scene in PowerPoint

How to Bring City Night Scene to Life Using PowerPoint Animations

A great use for PowerPoint animations, is combining them to bring the cover slide image of your presentation to life. In this advanced animation tutorial, I’ll show you how to combine the motion path animation with the grow/shrink animation to create a city night scene with moving cars and blinking city lights. Once you have this animation trick down, with […]