Last time, we looked at how to incorporate morph for animation flexes like 3D models and kinetic typography. This time around, we’ll explore the key things to remember when designing and delivering presentations that use this valuable feature.
Behind the Scenes with Morph
At Synapsis Creative, our new corporate template isn’t based on animation, so we create slides in morph. Every asset we have has an on-slide and off-slide position, so regardless how you reshuffle the slides, there’s always on animation and off animation.
We use the off-canvas area (outside the slide) to house all image assets and we have a specific on-position and off-position, so if you transition to another slide, you know those assets will move in that direction and new assets will come in from a specified direction.
While morphing does make animation a lot easier, it still has some limitations. Firstly, because it’s a transition, morph only works between slides, which means you can’t use it in exactly the same way as other animations.
Unlike regular animations, morph animations can’t move independently of each other or within a specified timeline – they all move at the same time. You can work around this by spreading out the transitions over several slides, but at a some point it just gets easier to use traditional animations depending on the amount of transitions needed.
Furthermore, if you plan on including narration, please note you cannot record during slide transitions and will have to wait until the morphing animations are complete before narration can begin.
Delivering to Others
Be mindful that morphing is only available for those with an Office 365 subscription and PowerPoint 2016 (or newer). Since this won’t always be the case with your client’s device or the place you’re presenting, you may need to use animation to achieve the same effect you would with morph.
One simple workaround for compatibility issues is to convert any morph transitions into video. Otherwise, you can always upload your slideshow to a cloud-based service like One Drive or Dropbox – this way, clients can simply open it with their web-browsing app since morph is web-enabled for viewing.
Although it may be lots of fun playing with different morphing transitions, you should limit its use or offer sequences where it’s unlikely clients will add a slide. This will allow them to place slides at the beginning or end without breaking the morph.
If you don’t rely on morphing too often, convert them into videos and compartmentalise the presentation; this will ensure clients won’t break the morph sequence when adding or editing content.