How to Create Motion Paths in PowerPoint

Hi welcome to Tut’s plus my name is Bob Blitzer and I want to show you some cool features of animation in Microsoft PowerPoint now you may have used some standard animation in PowerPoint like having objects and text flying in or fading but what you might not realize is that you can create motion paths now there are pre-made motion paths like curves and figure Eight’s and bounces and you can also draw your own custom paths now motion paths are available in any version of PowerPoint in the last 10 years although the Windows additions have more built-in animations also the motion paths in the Windows 2013 version are easier to manipulate than in any of the other versions but regardless whether you use in Windows or Mac or older a newer version what I show you this tutorial is going to work on your computer I think you’ll find it helpful so what I’ve done is I’ve created a brand new blank presentation in PowerPoint and you see by default PowerPoint gives me a title slide and I think to make this easier I want nothing on here now you could go and manually delete the placeholders or what I think is a little easier I’m going to go up here I’m on the Home tab and this is the same in Windows or Mac I’ll go to the layout button and from the drop-down I’ll choose blank so now I just have a nice blank screen to work with and now I’ll draw a shape so still here on the Home tab and over here I have all of these shapes if you’re on the Mac you’ll have a little button over here called shape and you can click the drop-down and on both Windows and Mac you have some form of this little drop-down you can choose any shape you want I’m going to go down here and choose a starburst of some sort and I’ll just draw this shape here on the screen if you want to format it go right ahead that doesn’t really make much difference so now let’s apply some built-in motion paths now this is going to be slightly different the screens will be slightly different between Windows and Mac I’m going to show you both let’s start here in Windows I’m going to go over here to the animations tab and you see we have here just kind of standard built in like I was saying before fade and fly-in and whatnot but I’m going to click on this little arrow over here you see this little down arrow these little arrows are real easy to miss you can see here we’ve got this little up arrow this down arrow and we have this little down arrow here with a little hat on it that’s the one we want and when I click it here you see we have entrance and emphasis effects what I want to do is go down here and you see we have some lines arcs and few other built-in ones you might think well gee that’s really not such a big deal I thought you said there were so many of them and we’ll get to custom paths a little bit later what you want to do is click over here very unobtrusive it says more motion paths and now you’ve got this dialog box move that out of the way that has all kinds of motion paths so this is hidden in a place where you’ll really never find it by accident and this is some of the coolest stuff that PowerPoint has now before choosing any of them you see down here in the lower left word says preview effect make sure that’s checked so you can see preview so for example I’ll choose diamond and there’s a little preview of that maybe a teardrop curvy now that was going off the left edge I’ll choose bounce right you could play around with these all day they’re really neat I kind of like this funnel here and once you’ve chosen the animation that you want just click OK and now you can actually see the animation path and this is what’s new in the 2013 version is you have kind of this semi-transparent look now you could also stretch this out and when you’re playing around with these you see over here in the upper left corner of the screen you have this preview button so you can click so you can get another preview of it you don’t have to wait to get back into that dialog box so let me just show you briefly how you can get these animations on the Mac on the Mac also you want to go to the animation tab and over here on the ribbon bar you see where it says motion paths you click that and now you have these motion paths drop down so that’s what I was saying before is you don’t have as many of them as you have in Windows but they’re pretty neat for what they are also you see you have this one option called draw freeform and this other one called draw scribble we’ll get to those in a little bit now let’s say you changed your mind and maybe I don’t want this funnel I want a different motion path well here’s all sorts a little different between Windows and Mac and the Windows version what you want to do is click the motion path itself not the object click the motion path and just delete I’ll press the Delete key on the keyboard and now I can go back into that custom motion path dialog all I have to select the object first by the way another place to go there in addition to hitting this more button is if you click add animation that also gives you this same drop-down and you have more motion paths there so either way so now that I’ve deleted that motion path I can apply a different one maybe I’ll choose this bounce right and click OK now what I was saying before about difference between Windows and Mac is that in the Windows version you really do want to select that motion path first and delete it before applying the new one the reason is if you don’t do that Windows will apply both motion paths and they will run in sequence probably not what you want you don’t have to worry about that on the Mac version on the Mac you only have one motion path at a time so if you apply a new one it will automatically delete the original one and again if I want I can stretch this out I’ll drag it out here and incidentally you may notice on the beginning you have this little green triangle and over here on the ending point you have that little red triangle so that’s how you know which is the beginning and ending point so let’s go and draw a custom motion path so again I’ll make sure that I have the path itself selected press Delete I have my original shape remember you have to have it selected to apply motion path and again I’ll go back up here and scroll down and this time I’ll choose custom path now when you do that you notice that your mouse pointer becomes this little crosshair and once again there’s a minor difference between the way you do it on Windows and on the Mac so let me just show you with window first there’s sort of two ways that you can draw if you want straight line segments what you do is click release the mouse button click release the mouse button click so it’s just a whole lot of click click click and then when you’re done double click so they have the straight line segments what if you want sort of smooth segments I’ll just make sure this is selected press delete select it again and go back and apply custom shape then choose custom path so this time instead of doing a lot of click click clicking I’m going to press and drag so maybe I want something like a sine wave I’ll kinda do like that and again when I’m done I have to double click if I don’t double click you see what happens this line is just going to follow the mouse pointer all over the place so I want to make sure to double click and you notice what happens is that even though I drew down here because the shape started up here it followed that paths of the paths got shifted so you might need to drag this around on the page now I said that there was a minor difference on the Mac let me show you what I mean on the Mac again if you hit that motion paths button this draw freeform that works the same way that the custom motion path works in Windows what’s different here is this item called draw scribble with draw scribble that’s really meant to do it the second way I just showed you of pressing and dragging around with draw scribble you can’t draw more than one straight line segment at once and also you don’t have to double click to and the line as soon as you lift your finger off the mouse button the scribbling stops so on the Mac freeform you can use for straight line segments and for smooth curves and draw scribble is only for smooth curves other than that they work pretty much the same way ok so let’s say we want to modify the path and here is where it works pretty much the same way between Windows and Mac is let’s say instead of this shape going from left to right here let’s preview that again maybe I want to start it on the right and go to the left so what you do is you put your mouse pointer on the path itself and you see the mouse pointer turns to this little four headed arrow click the right mouse button and choose reverse path direction and now it goes backwards but here’s the best part what if you want to edit the shape of the path itself well once again put your mouse pointer back on the path so you have that four-headed arrow click the right mouse button and from the pop-up menu choose edit points now you have all of these little dots here and I’m going to zoom in so you can see this better and these little dots these are control points so you can put your mouse pointer on these control points and move them around and notice that when I move them around I have this little blue line with a box on the end these are adjustment handles if you’ve ever drawn shapes let’s say an adobe illustrator or a freehand or Photoshop you’ll be completely familiar with these as Bezier paths you could also delete some of these points now there’s a lot of them here that I probably don’t need so I can go and right-click and delete any of these points that I don’t want now you’ll never confuse this for Adobe Illustrator but it’s pretty good for what it does and of course you could always add a point if you put your mouse pointer on the line see now my mouse pointer is again kind of a crosshair I can right click and add a point I’ll just ctrl z command Z and I’ll do that you could also change what kind of points there let me go back to this one here now when I drag this around you notice when we scroll up that when I pull these blue adjustment handles around this particular point is what’s called a corner point so the part of the curve coming into it can be a different shape and a different angle than the part of the curve coming out of it if I want that to be smooth I can right-click it and choose smooth point and now it’s smooth and now look what happens when I adjust when I move these control handles around it’s kind of like a seesaw effect so let me zoom back out she’ll hit this button here the lower right corner and fit and I’ll take this and I’m going to drag this one way out so I’ll do it with a few of them just to show you that I can make some real major changes to this shape delete some of these points here so I’ve made a major change here now I’ll preview it and you see that yes indeed the motion has changed because the path has changed and when you’re all done editing the path just click somewhere on the blank slide somewhere on the background and you’re done and you could do this not just with these shapes that you draw you could do this with blocks of text you could do it with video clips or images that you bring into PowerPoint any object that you select you can move around on a motion path so you see PowerPoint has a lot of these really great hidden features that will allow you to draw and modify motion paths and you see these features are similar to what you find in high-end drawing programs like Adobe Illustrator the hard part is just remembering where all of these features are so remember it’s all under the animation tab whether you’re using Windows or Mac and in Windows remember you click the down arrow on the end of the list of animations here and on the Mac you click that motion paths button on the ribbon so I hope you find this helpful for the next presentation you do once again my name is Bob flosser for tuts plus and thanks a lot for watching

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