Animating Faux Backgrounds with PowerPoint Morph

Created: Thursday, August 10, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

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Animate faux backgrounds with the PowerPoint Morph transition.

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Morph is a fairly new transition effect that has changed the PowerPoint ecosystem. In fact, it has motivated PowerPoint designers, who have found some amazing ways to take this transition effect to its limits. In this charged-up atmosphere, many PowerPoint designers have decided that Morph is Microsoft’s answer to Prezi since you can now create Prezi-like “slide in-betweens” with Morph, right inside PowerPoint.

No PowerPoint 2016 Morph?

Do you have PowerPoint 2016 (the current Office 365 version at the time of writing this post), and still no Morph? Look at our Updates for Office 365 post to understand why you have no Morph transition in PowerPoint 2016.

Yet somewhere, an opportunity has been lost. Many designers and animators overlooked that Morph could be used for simpler stuff. To use an analogy, you can enjoy the flowing breeze, examine the bat of an eyelid, or enliven a conversation with a smile. But if someone would rather sneeze, cough loudly, or even wave hands in a hurry, then they certainly have missed the bus!

An even better analogy would be a small wave of the ocean flowing slowly onto the beach. The wave is no hurry, but that does not mean that it is not powerful, or cannot make a huge splash. But sometimes, it just enjoys being lazy and getting absorbed by the sand ashore. And that sums up how the Morph transition can also be used.

One such scenario in which Morph can be used is with slide backgrounds rather than slide objects in the foreground. Now PowerPoint does not allow you to animate slide backgrounds, but Morph is technically not an animation, it’s a transition! Even then, you can use faux backgrounds (a full slide image placed beneath all other slide objects, but still over the slide background) to cook up some magic. We used our Night Sky backgrounds. Look at this video clip, and we will explore more thereafter.

Now, look at this tutorial video to understand how these results were achieved.

As you saw in the video, these are the steps you would take:

  1. Place your high-resolution background on the first slide, and set the size and position values. Make sure you send this faux background image behind all other slide objects.
  2. Duplicate the first slide entirely, or just copy the faux background image to the next slide. Now alter the size and position values as needed. If your background image is large enough, you can also set a small rotation value. Make sure that differences in the size, rotation, and position values are not too drastic. Otherwise, some of your viewers may complain about vertigo.
  3. Repeat this process for as many slides as you need.
  4. Set all slides to use the Morph transition. If your transition does not play smoothly, try incrementing the transition duration time gradually.

Play around more with the Morph transition, and you may discover that you can create more than what you thought was possible.

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