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Slice and Animate Pictures in PowerPoint

Learn how to slice and animate pictures in PowerPoint. This technique lets you achieve a unique synergistic effect.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint

OS: Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X



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You can crop pictures in PowerPoint, and of course you can animate them. But as you may observe frequently in life, synergy yields results that exceed the mere sum of two or more initiatives. And that's true in a way for the technique we will explore on this page, we call this Slice and Animate. The two techniques being used for this synergy are cropping pictures and adding animation.

Follow these steps to slice and animate pictures in PowerPoint:

  1. Open a new or existing presentation, and insert a picture on a blank slide. Figure 1, below shows a selected picture.
  2. Picture selected
    Figure 1: Picture selected
  3. Now, make the Guides visible, as shown in Figure 2, below. Do note that one horizontal and vertical guide spans to intersect exactly at the center of the slide, as can be seen in Figure 2.
  4. Guides made visible
    Figure 2: Guides made visible
  5. Duplicate the selected image three times so that it makes four copies of the photo, as shown in Figure 3, below.
  6. Make copies of the picture
    Figure 3: Make copies of the picture
  7. Duplicate Slides with Keyboard Shortcuts

  8. Use the Ctrl+D keyboard shortcut to duplicate selected objects such as a picture within PowerPoint versions on Windows. If you are using a Mac version of PowerPoint, use Command+D instead.
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  10. Select all four pictures (original plus three duplicated copies), and align them in a way so that each of them is placed over the other.
  11. Align Pictures

  12. Select all pictures and choose the Align Top and Align Left options. Visit out Align and Distribute Pictures in PowerPoint page to learn more.
  13. Now, select the top most picture and access the Picture Tools Format contextual tab on the Ribbon. Click the Crop button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4, below.
  14. Crop button
    Figure 4: Crop button
  15. When you click the Crop button, dark crop handles appear on the edge of the picture, as shown in Figure 5, below.
  16. Result of applying Crop option on a picture
    Figure 5: Result of applying Crop option on a picture
  17. Now, select the bottom-right corner handle, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5, above. Press and hold the Shift key while you drag the handle inward to the diagonally opposite side of the handle. Drag up till where the guides intersect at the center of the slide, as shown in Figure 6, below.
  18. Picture being croped
    Figure 6: Picture being cropped
  19. In Figure 7, below you can see that the picture is cropped to a quarter of its original size. Click anywhere on the slide to get out of crop mode.
  20. Picture cropped
    Figure 7: Picture cropped
  21. Similarly, select corner handles of other pictures, and crop them to opposite directions. Ensure that you press and hold the Shift key. Figure 8, below shows the final result of the pictures. Note that all four pictures are individually cropped images on the slide giving an illusion of being one picture.
  22. All pictures cropped
    Figure 8: All pictures cropped
  23. Now, you can apply animation to these individual cropped pictures. The sample presentations below provide an idea of the end result.
Jamie Garroch

The VBA Approach with Jamie Garroch

Want to slide a picture into quarters without having to do it all manually?

It's easy if you use some VBA code provided by Jamie Garroch. Find it on his Quartering Pictures in PowerPoint with a macro page. Don't know how to use VBA code? Explore our VBA Scripts in PowerPoint page.

Click below to view on YouTube


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