|Slide-By-Slide Animations - Traditional Countdown
|Creating a simple traditional countdown in PowerPoint Presentation
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a simple traditional countdown animation in 5 slides (I normally call it a Slide By Slide animation). This is achievable in a single slide (Stacking animation), but to reduce the difficulty, I will show you a simple one which can be editable easily at a later time.
Download: Traditional Countdown
Download: Traditional Countdown 2
- First of all, make a new presentation. Right click on a blank area and click on background. Set the background to black.
- Click on AutoShapes > Basic Shapes and select circle. Draw a big circle (preferably height: 6" and width: 6", this can be done by adjusting it in the Format AutoShape properties) on the slide.
- Right click on the circle and click on Format AutoShape. Under the Fill section, set the color to No Fill. Under the Line section, set the color to white and weight to 8pt. Click OK.
- Now, add a text box in the center of the circle which will allows you to type text.
- Type “5” in the text box. Highlights the letter and set the Font to Arial and Font Size to 200. Change the font color to white.
- Right click on the circle and click on Custom Animation. Click on Add Effect > Entrance > Wheel. If you cannot find the effect on the list, click on More Effects for the full list.
- Modify the setting by changing the Start: “On Click” to “After Previous”, Spokes: “4” to “1”, Speed: “Medium” to “Fast”
- Now we are done with the circle’s entrance effect. Next, click on the “5”. Click on Add Effect > Entrance > Fade.
- Modify the setting by change the Start: “On Click” to “With Previous”, Speed: “Medium” to “Very Fast”.
- Next, we will move on to the exit effect. Click on the circle, then hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click on the “5”. This will select both the circle and letter. You can also hold down Ctrl and press A to select all alternatively.
- Click on Add Effect > Exit > Fade. You will now see two exit animations added to the Custom Animation list.
- Click on the first exit effect, where the Start: is showing “On Click”. Change the Start: “On Click” to “After Previous”, Speed: “Medium” to “Very Fast”.
- Click on the second exit effect in the Custom Animation. Change the Speed: “Medium” to “Very Fast’.
- Now right click on a blank area and click on Slide Transition.
- Under the Advance slide, uncheck “On mouse click” and check “Automatically after”.
- Now under the Slides menu, you will see a Slide number 1. Right click and click on Copy, or hold down Ctrl and press C to copy this slide.
- Now right click on a blank area and click Paste. Repeat this step 3 times.
- Now change “5” at the second slide to “4”, third slide to “3” and so on.
- You are now done with the Traditional Countdown. Feel free to go back to the first slide and view it in a Slide Show by holding down Shift key on your keyboard and press F5.
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