Welcome to Day 23 of 365 Ideas for Office 365. We temporarily moved on from OneNote and Immersive Reader into exploring the depth and richness of PowerPoint. Yesterday we looked at aligning and distributing items visually on a slide. Today we’re looking at Morph, a really cool transition that makes uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) to make items change size and position as you advance form one slide to another.
Here’s the first one I ever did, which I call my Gatsby Morph.
Gatsby Morph (sample)
Starting from scratch
The next few clips show me adding 6 trucks to a slide to make a parade, shrink them to fit more on the screen at one time and arrange them.
I then use PowerPoint’s Alignment tools (I told you yesterday we would do something cool with them) and make some duplicate slides.
Finally I select all the objects on each duplicated slide and drag them across the parade route.
Just Add Morph
Now I just click on each slide in turn, starting with slide 1, click on the Transitions tab in the ribbon, and choose Morph. This tells the AI in PowerPoint to look for the same object in a different size or location and do the math to simulate movement.
Which leads to the final product.
Enjoy the parade!
The key to using Morph is to duplicate your slides. Best practice is to duplicate and then make changes, but I sometimes drifted from that order in this sample and it worked fine. Keep in mind that you can have objects “off-screen” on the previous slide so they will slide into a slide rather than just appearing out of nowhere. Morph can show transitions visually, show order, processes, movement, growth and shrinking. Think about how you and your students can use this easy to use visual tool in your PowerPoint presentations.