Presentation Effects

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Learning Objectives - what you should know or be able to do by the time we finish studying this topic:

Explore the use of slide transitions in presentations

Learn how animation schemes can be used effectively

Explore ways to use a motion path in your presentation

Consider ways in which sound can enhance a presentation

Multimedia has transformed the world. No longer are messages delivered in black text on white paper; now they swirl onto the page in multicolor extravaganzas accompanied by music. This makes for an exiting and fun method of communicating with others. It also makes serious demands on your image management skills. In this chapter you will explore these possibilities as they relate to presentations.

Special Effects

Slide Transitions

Animation Schemes

Motion Paths



After the content, background, and graphics are done, it's time for special effects

Special effects refers to animation/motion

Two types of motion in PowerPoint

Transitions (the effect of a slide coming onto the screen)

Animation (the effect of individual objects entering the slide)

Transitions are the effect as you move from one slide to the next

Can be simple or complex

Can be

automatic (after a set period of time)

Manual (mouse click required)

Make sure the transition helps to clarify your message or makes the presentation more effective

Transitions can help keep the audience engaged, which improves effectiveness

Animation refers to the movement of objects onto the slide

Animation was improved significantly in PowerPoint 2002 (Office XP)

Animation can be applied using schemes or can be custom

Text can be animated by bullet, word, or even letter-by-letter (be careful!)

A few schemes may help keep the audience focused

Too much animation will detract from your message

If less is better for images and text, then it's surely true in the use...