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Animated Headshots

Learn how to animate a series of headshots -- very useful for an opening slide sequence. You can also use the same technique for product shots or vacation pictures -- just substitute the headshots!


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First, take a look at this embedded presentation below.

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You can download a copy of this presentation from our Presentation Bank.

You can see that a series of headshot pictures are animated in sequence to create an effective collage slide that can function as the starting slide for a presentation for a relevant subject suited for this type of an opening.

So how was this created? Follow these steps:

  1. First, we collected a bunch of pictures and resized/cropped them into squares in an image editing program. We used Adobe Photoshop, but you can use almost any image editor, including the free Paint .NET program.


    We sourced all these images from Microsoft's Office Online site, where tons of free clip art and pictures are available to Microsoft Office users.
  2. Thereafter, we placed square shapes on the slide -- these were laid in a grid of 4 x 3 squares (12 squares in all) on the slide, as shown in Figure 1 below.

    Square shapes laid in a grid of 4 x 3 on the slide
    Figure 1: Square shapes laid in a grid of 4 x 3 on the slide


    To draw square shapes, choose the Rectangle shape (AutoShape), and press the Ctrl key while drag-drawing to restrain the rectangle to a square.
  3. Right-click any of these squares, choose the Format Shape (or Format Autoshape) option to bring up a dialog box of the same name. Add a picture fill, and choose one of the pictures you have assembled to fill the square.

    Related Stuff: Learn how to add picture fills to shapes in PowerPoint 2003 and earlier. Learn how to add picture fills to shapes in PowerPoint 2007.
  4. Repeat the steps for all the squares.
  5. Add an entry animation to these squares -- for the first set, we used Wipe animations and alternated between the four Wipe variants:

    From Left
    From Right
    From Bottom
    From Top

    For the second set, we used the Split animations and alternated between four variants for this style:

    Horizontal In
    Horizontal Out
    Vertical In
    Vertical Out

  1. Set all animations to play After Previous (see Animation Events), and set their speed to Fast.
  2. Preview the presentation, and save.

Pictures in Presentations

Is a picture is worth a thousand words? You probably have heard this adage so often that we decided not to repeat this phrase throughout this book! Now here’s some more info: the human brain uses a larger part of its area to store visual information rather than textual content. And that’s possibly because a picture describes so much more than text.

Go and get a copy of our Pictures in Presentations ebook.

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