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Animation Painter

If you’ve used PowerPoint’s Format Painter before, you’ll find the Animation Painter strangely familiar. The animation painter is new to PowerPoint 2010. It copies existing animations and “paints” them on new objects. This means that the time you spend constructing a complicated animation doesn’t need to be duplicated for each object you want to apply it to. You create the animation once, and with a couple of clicks you can copy that animation to new objects.

When you apply an animation to an object, there are a variety of settings and adjustments to help you fine-tune it for a more polished effect. Being able to copy all those features can be a real timesaver.

Instead of rambling on about this new feature, let’s just use it in an example. Draw out an ellipse by clicking Insert > Illustrations > Shapes > Oval. OK, it’s an oval not an ellipse! Click and drag on the slide to drag out your oval.

Select The Ellipse

Let’s add an animation to the oval by clicking Animations > Animation (More button) > Bounce. Let’s add a second animation: select the oval again and this time click the Add Animation button (in the Advanced Animation group) > Spin. We now have both the Bounce and Spin animations added to the oval, and they’ll play in that order. If you’d simply selected a different animation from the gallery instead of using the Add Animation button, the new animation would have replaced the old one, instead of being added. You can tell that there are two animations present because of the telltale symbols displayed next to the oval:

Multiple Animations In PowerPoint

We can preview the animations by clicking on the Preview button in the Preview group. We’ll now alter the timings of these animations. Select the Bounce animation (the first one) by clicking the 1 in the image above. In the Timing group in the ribbon, change the Duration from 2.00 to 1.00. That’ll speed things up! Click the Preview button to see how fast it is now.

Currently, both animations are triggered by the presenter clicking the left mouse button. This is fine for the first animation, but let’s change the second animation to start when the first one finishes. That will make the animations look smoother. Click the Animation Pane button in the Advanced Animation group.

The Animation Pane In PowerPoint 2010

In the animation pane, double click the second animation. That’s the Spin animation. In the window that opens click on the Timing tab and change the Start drop down selection to be After Previous. That means that the second animation will start after the first one finishes. Click OK to close the window.

Animation Timing In PowerPoint

It’s only now that you decide to add a square to your slide, like so:

Draw A Square In PowerPoint

If you’re stuck, learn more about drawing shapes in PowerPoint 2010.

It would be a pain to have to manually add the same animations and options to this new shape. Fortunately, we can just copy them from the oval. Select the oval and then click the Animation Painter button in the Advanced Animation group. Now click on the square you drew. You should see a preview of the two animations: a quick bounce followed by a spin.

Learn more about PowerPoint 2010 animations.


PowerPoint Animations

Animations can emphasize points you want to make and can help make the information in your PowerPoint 2010 presentations more memorable to your audience. They can also engage viewers and capture their attention. Of course, if you go overboard with your animations, your audience may feel overwhelmed and just switch off. Use them sparingly!

Animations don’t just exist on their own. You need to apply them to an object. This object is usually a piece of text, but can be other things like a chart, a picture or even a video.

Animations come in 4 flavours:

  1. Entrance – these animations make your object appear on your slide. For example, your object might float in.
  2. Emphasis – these animations bring audience attention to the animated object. For example, Pulse makes your object grow and shrink like a beating heart (just once though!).
  3. Exit – with an exit animation, your object leaves the slide. Fly out is an exit animation.
  4. Motion Path – motion path animations are a little more complex, but not much. The animated object follows a path that you define. We’ll look at these in more detail later.

Applying A PowerPoint Animation



To apply an animation to an object in your presentation, first of all select it. Now click the Animations tab and you should see a selection of animations in the Animation group. To see the entire collection of animations, click on the More button.

More Animations In PowerPoint 2010
When you click the More button, you get to see the following large collection of animations:

All Animations In PowerPoint 2010

Click to enlarge

You can use Live Previews to see what an animation will look like before applying it: all you have to do is hover over the thumbnail image of the animation to see it play once. To actually add the animation, just click on it. If you decide that you want to remove the animation, click on the None button at the top of the animations list.

Any slides that use animations will display a whooshing star in the top left hand corner of the slide in the slides pane. This animation symbol will be familiar to you if you’ve ever added transitions to your slides.

Animation Symbol

Previewing An Animation

PowerPoint provides several ways for you to preview animations. First of all there is the live preview you see when you hover over an animation in the animations gallery. After an animation has been applied, though, you can preview it in the following ways:

  • Click on the animation symbol in the image above.
  • Click the Preview Animations button in the Preview group on the Animations tab.

Preview Animations In PowerPoint 2010

If you click on the top half of the Preview button, the animation will play. If, however, you click on the bottom half of the button, you’ll see some preview options (see image above). The top option (Preview), simply plays the animation. The AutoPreview option controls whether animations are played automatically when added to an object, and it affects whether a live preview is displayed too. You will probably want this option checked so that you can see what the animation looks like when previewed and applied.

Adding animations can be very easy, as we’ve seen above. We can also get as complicated as we like! Check out the following PowerPoint animation tutorials (coming soon):

  • Motion Path Animations
  • The Animation Pane
  • Advanced Animation Controls