Microsoft Office/Using Graphics and Animations
Picture as Background
- Have the picture you want to use as a background saved in a folder where you know where it is.
- Go to the Design Tab
- Go to the Background Group
- Click on Background Styles drop down menu
- Click on Format Background
- Click the radio button for Picture or texture fill
- Click on the FILE button and browse to the picture
- Click on CLOSE to apply the picture to just the current slide
- Click on APPLY TO ALL to apply the picture to all slides in the presentation
Creating graphics with transparent backgrounds
- Click on the INSERT Tab
- Click on either Picture or Clip Art
- Find the picture you want and bring it into the slide
- Click on the PICTURE TOOLS button at the top of the window
- Click the RECOLOR button in the ADJUST group
- Click on the Set Transparent color button at the bottom of the dialog box
- Click on the one color you want to be transparent
NOTE: if you want more than one color transparent you will need to do this in a photo editor and save the picture as a PNG, GIF, or TIFF
Transitions are the motion of how to get to the current slide.
- Go to the Animation tab
- Go to the TRANSITION TO THIS SLIDE group
- Choose a transition for how this slide will enter
- if you want the presentation to run automatically then on the far right change the Advance Slide to Automatically and set the amount of time.
- If you want to have to click to get the slides to advance click the ON MOUSE CLICK check box
- You can also set the speed of the transition
- You can also add sounds for the transition
One of the more fun things you can do in PowerPoint is to make things move. One thing to keep in mind is for formal presentations, don't overdo the animations. Let your audience focus on your content and not be distracted with all the motion. If the motion adds to the meaning or content, then it belongs.
Under the Animation Tab you have several choices for how you will add animation to your show.
- Text can be animated with these custom entrances to add flair:
- Grow & Turn
- Color Typewriter
- many others
- Pictures can be animated simply
- Fly In
- Slide Transitions
- Many variations of each
Pictures can be animated more dramatically with Custom Animations. To get there go to the:
Animations Tab - Animations Group - Custom Animation Button
There are four main groups of animations:
- some other affect to enter onto the screen
- spin either direction and any set number of degrees
- Many other motions
- Many other ways to remove off the screen
- Motion Paths
- Draw Custom Path - Scribble
- Many other ways to move on the screen
The best thing to do is take a graphic and try some of the animations out.
Once you have several affects added to your picture or text you might want some of them to occur at the same time. In the drop down under the Custom Animations you can set them to:
- on Click
- with Previous
- after Previous
With these settings and the speed settings you can get many dramatic affects.
Try to take a picture of a skier and have them fall down a hill by adding a spin and a motion path that occur with previous.
Sounds are another way to add a special touch to a presentation. But here to you can go overboard. Only add sounds that really need to be there for the effect you want.
To get to sounds go to:
Insert Tab - Media Clips Group - Sounds icon
You can add sounds from the following sources:
- Sounds from file
- Sound from the clip organizer
- Play CD Audio Track
- Record sound
If you have a folder of Royalty Free sounds you can add any of them to your PowerPoint by browsing to it. If you use the clip organizer it is just like adding a clip art. If you play with the CD then you need to make sure the CD is in the CD player anytime you want to view the presentation. If you want to create something like a kids book where the book reads along with the kid, you can record your own sounds. You must have a microphone hooked up for this option to work.
Once you have the sounds in the presentation they will appear in the Custom Animation list and you can set when in the presentation you want them to play. You can set them to play automatically or after you click or after some other action. You can also set it to repeat the sound, and to hide the sound icon during the presentation.
A finishing touch to a presentation is to have practiced your presentation and have the slide change automatically for you when you are ready for them. This can be done easily with the rehearsal timings. To get to this go to the:
- Slide Show Tab - Set up Group - Rehearse Timings button
- Give your presentation as you would normally
- Press space bar as you need
- Re-play the slide show and it will keep the timings you just set.
Create a mini movie on a school apropriate topic of your choosing.
- snowmobile safety
- chemistry lab safety
- Newtons laws of motion
- World War II
- Frogs in their natural habitat
- A video game prototype
- Custom animations on every page
- Slide transitions between every slide
- One slide needs to have a picture for a background
- Individual creativity
- Creating graphics with transparent backgrounds
- A Sound must be added to at least one slide for emphasis
Helpful hits to make this extrodinary:
- Use a tool such as Photoshop or Gimp to edit your graphics
- Use layers with some layers semi-transperant to make it look like you are behind glass or under water
- Use layers so you can go behind different items
- Bring in a CD to add music in the background
- Work with the custom animations and have several of them "start with previous". This works really well with a motion path and an emphasis.
|Standards||1 point||2 points||3 points||4 points||5 points|
|Uses Custom animations on every Slide||Custom Animation is not done or is so incomplete that the message is lost or ineffective. Custom animation reflects very little planning of the visuals.||Custom Animation has omissions in scene planning. Animations reflects attempts at planning and organization for the visuals.||Custom animation is considered for each scene, with special effects. Presentation reflects some planning and organization for the visuals.||Custom animation is complete for each scene, with effective special effects. Presentation reflects effective planning and organization for the visuals.||Custom animation is complete for each scene, with outstanding special effects. Presentation reflects outstanding planning and organization for the visuals.|
|Uses a Picture for a background||The student does not appear to be able to apply most design principles with choosing a backgound for the slides.||Student applies a backgound that adds to the content and show unity, contrast, balance of movement, emphasis, and center of interest but the overall result is not pleasing.||Student applies a backgound that adds to the content and show unity, contrast, balance of movement, emphasis, and center of interest but the overall result is poor skill.||Student applies a backgound that adds to the content and show unity, contrast, balance of movement, emphasis, and center of interest with fair skill.||Student applies a backgound that adds to the content and show unity, contrast, balance of movement, emphasis, and center of interest with great skill.|
|Uses Slide Transitions on Every slide||No attempt has been made to apply transisions in a manner that is consistent with the technique or theme of the production.||Little attempt has been made to apply transisions in a manner that is consistent with the technique or theme of the production.||An attempt has been made to apply transitions in a manner that is consistent with the technique or theme of the production, but it is not effective.||Transitiosn are applied in a manner that is reasonably consistent with the technique or theme of the production.||Transitions are applied in a manner very consistent with the technique or theme of the production.|
|Uses sounds to enhance movie||Student needs to work on learning sound relationships and using that knowledge in his/her work.||Choice and application of sound shows knowledge of sound relationships. Sounds are, however, NOT appropriate for the idea being expressed.||Choice and application of sound shows knowledge of sound relationships. Sounds are, however, NOT the best choice for the idea being expressed.||Choice and application of sound shows knowledge of sound relationships. Sounds are appropriate for the idea being expressed.||Choice and application of sounds shows an advanced knowledge of sound relationships. sound choice enhances the idea being expressed.|
|Presentation shows Creativity||Student has not made much attempt to meet the requirements of the assignment.||Student has a little attempt to show his/her best effort in meeting the requirements of the assignment.||Student has copied some of the production from source material. There is little evidence of creativity, but the student has done the assignment.||Student has taken the technique being studied and has used source material as a starting place. The student's personality comes through in parts of the production.||Student has taken the technique being studied and applied it in a way that is totally his/her own. The student's personality/voice comes through.|
|Concept||They spent little effort on brainstorming and started creating with no goal in mind.||They have spent little effort on brainstorming and refining a concept. They are unclear on the goals and how to reach the goal.||They have brainstormed their concept, but no clear focus has emerged for the final product.||They have a fairly clear picture of what they are trying to achieve. They can describe what they are trying to do overall but has trouble describing the final product.||Has a clear picture of what they are trying to achieve. Can describe what the final product will look like and include.|