Morph works across two slides, recognising any common objects on both and seamlessly transitioning from one slide to the next.

If you have a box on one slide and then duplicate the slide and alter the box – such as move, resize, or resize it – applying morph will automatically transition between those states seamlessly in slide show mode without the need to animate it manually.

Keep in mind where objects are located off slide – their off-slide position will determine where they enter the slide – moving in a straight-line during morph transitions, so aligning  objects helps keep your morph animation look more seamless. Also bear in mind distance as morph transition time is the same for all objects, so the distance it travels will determine the speed of animation movement.

Morph Plays Hide and Seek

Much like other design programs, you can use elements as masks with layered content to achieve hide and reveal effects during your morph transitions. This is a much more seamless way to animate movement and change. By changing the audience’s perspective, you can introduce new content in a variety of ways – all by using PowerPoint morph.

PowerPoint morph can be a useful tool to highlight content in a much more interesting and dynamic way than usual. This means you can alter or highlight content in a way that looks seamless and engages audiences. Let’s say you’ve placed some simple elements on your slide: by using morph in combination with other techniques, you can expand each element and bring in more detail.

Kinetic typography helps the movement feel more dynamic and emphasises changes are occurring. Placing outlines over shapes can then be enlarged using morph to change the size, shape, or colour of your elements. Morph can also be used to make images appear by initially keeping them off-slide and then moving them into the correct positions on the following slide.

Rather than see these elements move from the edge of your slide as you would expect, they move under a masking layer, which allows you to mask and reveal the selected elements in slideshow mode to create simple animation effects that you can apply easily.

By shrinking and expanding your mask layers, you can hide or reveal more details from your design, whether they be new objects or finer details within those same objects. Doing those over several slides to focus on key elements in a more deliberate manner.

Splitting content up over several slides can result in some creative ways to move through content, either pacing the flow of information or focusing on what’s important in any specific area. The slide count in your presentation go up significantly, but the time taken to present the information will remain the same and your presentation with more likely engage your audience.

Morph For Movement

Morph can create some fun and interesting effects to photographs, particularly if tessellated or tiled and then moved and re-cropped on the following slide.

Picture the crop tool as creating a window through which you can see the image underneath, which means that when you’re using the black grab handles, you’re altering window’s size. You can also use the white grab handles to change the size of the image or moving it around. Your viewing window remains the same size, but the level of detail or area of the underlying picture seen changes.

How you crop images can create various pan or zoom effects. Moving or resizing an image significantly inside your crop window will make the image appear to move or zoom more rapidly. Small changes in position or size creates a gentler movement animation effect. Moving your crop window without the moving underlying image creates the effect of a tracking shot across the image.

You can even achieve fun effects with static tile arrangements by simply changing the size or position of the images within the crop frame. Alternatively, you can go to the Transitions tab in the ribbon, lengthening the transition duration to create a slow, steady, low-impact transition that makes backgrounds more engaging. This may be useful for title slides at the beginning of your presentation.

Since morph is a transition between slides, sometimes you need an additional slide purely to achieve the effect you want during the transition. To create an effect of everything moving and changing, you sometimes need an initial setup slide that allows the morph transition to operate correctly. However, adding extra slides to your presentation can cause issues, such as getting lost or remembering to click to move to the next slide.

Instead, if you need a setup slide, go to the Transitions tab on the ribbon and click Advance Slide. Usually a mouse click for control is what you’ll use. But this time, click the After box and choose 0 seconds. This means that when in slideshow mode, PowerPoint will automatically and immediately transition to the next slide, create the effect that you want. Setup slides can be used for simple effects or more complex ones, just ensure you remind any users of the deck not to remove these slides.

Now that you feel more confident with the morph feature of PowerPoint, try your hand at creating custom tools in PowerPoint to further streamline your work processes and design more efficiently. Download the Ultimate Guide to Custom Tools here

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