The combination of masking techniques with animation in PowerPoint slides will grab and hold the attention of audience longer

Using Masking and Animation in PowerPoint

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The combination of masking techniques with animation in PowerPoint slides will grab and hold the attention of audience longer.

You are an experienced presenter. You know how easy it is to lose the audience’s attention if you force it to stare at a slide filled with obscure information. Therefore, you fill it up gradually, and listeners absorbedly follow the pace of your narrative.

If the above is about you, then combining masking technique and PowerPoint animation can be a smart to present information in a way that supports the story you are telling.

Let’s see how to do this?

Masking technique and PowerPoint animation

To make it easy to learn this technique, we show the whole process below as a list of simple steps.

A graph and a mask first…

  1. Create your graph using lines and shapes in PowerPoint.
    • We drew one rectangular shape and then copied it four times.
  2. Shoose Format tab then click Align button and use the alignment tools to make sure everything is nicely distributed and all lined up.
    Shoose Format tab then click Align button and use the alignment tools
    …then use the alignment tools
  3. Now, use rectangular shape to draw a mask underneath your graph…
    use rectangular shape to draw a mask underneath your graph
    Use rectangular shape to draw a mask underneath your graph
  4. …color it the same as your slide background so that it’s invisible…
  5. …and finally send the shape to the front.
    Masking and animation: send the shape to the front
    Colour it the same as your slide background and send the shape to the front

Your slide should look exactly like in step 2, but now you have a mask under the graph. With it, we get flawless animation!

… then add the animation

  1. Open up the Animations tab, …
  2. …then hold down Ctrl key and select one by one the bars in your graph…
  3. … and choose “Fly in” animation.
  4. Make sure that in the “Effect Options” tab, you have selected “From bottom” (this should be the default).
    Masking and Animation
  5. Open up the Animation Pane to control how the bars in the graph animate.
  6. Right click the shapes to choose whether they come in on a click, or automatically.
    • We want all of our bars to come in as soon as the slide starts, and we want them to animate in one after the other, so we’ve chosen “Start After Previous” for the first shape, then “Start With Previous” for the others.
    • But you can do something else.

    we’ve chosen “Start After Previous” for the first shape, then “Start With Previous” for the others
    We’ve chosen “Start After Previous” for the first shape, then “Start With Previous” for the others
  7. You can then change the delay settings for each bar, so that they come onto the slide in a sequence.
    • We have a 0.25 second delay between each shape, so they fly in left to right, one after the other.

That’s all folks! Resize and color the bars as you need and see the result!

A neat little way to animate your bar charts onto the slide!

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