Precise Motion with Motion Paths Advanced PowerPoint Tutorial

Let’s get things moving with absolute pinpoint precision oh no hang on here comes a shameless plug let’s say you’ve got a website that you want to show people here’s a pretty good one and I highly recommend that you check out bright carbon comb for loads of great presentation and elearning services master classes and resources ok plug over it’s great to be able to show it full screen so that it’s really easy to see all of the details like where to click for the blog free resources weekly events and should you need help lots of great services sorry sorry that’s just naked commercialism I’ll try to stop anyway that’s great but then if you want to tell more of a story now that your audience have seen it you might want to get down onto a monitor and then talk about how the strategy to rid the world of poor presentations is to get the website out to people through Google ranking as a word mouth okay fair enough but now pause and think about how that’s been done you’ve got a full-screen image that then shrinks down to precisely fit onto the monitor getting it into exactly the wrong position could be achieved by trial and error but I suspect that you don’t have time for that instead there are much quicker ways to make this happen if you want to move an object into a specific position say the area outlined by this dotted red box then you use the motion path animations click on the object you want to move go to the animations tab on the ribbon and choose add animation if you scroll down the list you’ll see the motion paths hidden away at the bottom there not sure why is that my favorite type of animation just as a side note if you have a favorite PowerPoint animation let us know by emailing info at bright carbon comm ha sorry what am I saying if anyway choose a simple line one of the tricks to motion paths is keeping them nice and simple and you’ll see you get a line added to your box the green end of it is where the center of your shape will start to move from the red endpoint is where the center of your shape will move to and the black dotted line shows the path that it will take now in PowerPoint 2013 and later you have an advantage here because you get a ghosted image of the final end position of your shape so it’s actually pretty easy to drag the red end of the motion path into the right position but as you’ll see in a moment this doesn’t always help you if you want to do something a bit more complicated so keep listening for those in PowerPoint 2010 or earlier you just have to make a guess or where to put it however if you think about it this is all about the center point of your shape and knowing where it is and where it needs to be and the motion path shows you that center point by default with the green start point so if you duplicate your shape with the motion path applied to it and then position the duplicate where you want the shape to end up the green starts to the motion path shows you the center point of the shape in the place where you want it to be so if you match up the red end of the first motion path with the green start of the duplicate motion path you know that the shape will now move into the right position delete the duplicate shape put it in show mode and you’re ready to go really quick and easy loyal viewers using PowerPoint 2013 and later might think that this is a bit of a long way round and you’re right until you have to change the size of the shape too because with the motion path preview you don’t get any preview of how much the object might grow or shrink so you end up playing the same guessing game say for example you want to shrink the box down onto this monitor first you need to know how much to shrink it by so duplicate your shape and resize it to fit on the screen using the little grab handles on the edges if you press the shift key while doing this you’ll preserve the aspect ratio of your shape so it doesn’t get stretched out of proportion and become useless then you’re going to use a bit of elementary school math to figure out how much the shape has to shrink by so right-click on the second shape and choose size and position to see what size it is then click on the other shape to see what size it is and simply divide the N size by the initial size to get the growth ratio and of course you know that one point three seven divided by two point seven four is yes well done in the back or 50% now add a grow shrink animation to your original shape then go to the animation pane and double click on the yellow grow shrink animation to change the size the default is to grow by 150 percent so click on the drop-down to change it to your desired percentage in this case 50% press enter at this point to lock in the amount knots of the okay button and then once you can press ok then right click on the emphasis animation and choose with previous to make it happen at the same time as the motion path so you’re now left with a shape that shrinks down by the right amount and then use the motion path positioning trick to line up the red endpoint of the first motion path off the green start point of the second motion path to make the shape move to the correct place delete the second shape and when you put it into show mode it moves and shrinks into the perfect position oh the precision

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