Apply custom and advanced animation effects

When you want to drive home your message, you can create and play custom animation effects during your presentation. You can also use professionally designed animated templates in your presentations. We've done the animation work for you!

Note   In PowerPoint, animation effects are not the same as transitions. A transition animates the way one slide changes to the next. To add a transition between slides, see Add transitions between slides.

Create your own custom animation effects

You can create custom animation effects using the following procedures:

You can also use a combination of both to further customize your message.

Use a template that has advanced animation effects

Professional designers produced several free, professionally-designed templatesthat contain designer shapes, charts, and advanced animated effects. We’ve done the animation work for you so all you have to do is copy the slide into your presentation. And, each template includes step-by-step instructions so you can learn how to reproduce the animation effects if you want to.

The following are a few examples of the types of free PowerPoint 2013 animated templates you’ll find on

Picture of animated template

Animated template description

Map points animated

Travel routes on a map (Widescreen, 16:9 format)
Animates the lines between different points on a map. You can replace the map with your own and adjust the route.

Sparkling picture frame

Sparkling picture frame (Widescreen, 16:9 format)
Animates the sparkles around the picture frame. Just replace the pictures with your own.

Overlapping text

Overlapping transparent text (Widescreen, 16:09 format)
Text slides in from the right and left and overlaps as they pass by. It’s easy to replace the text with your own.

Animated picture buttons

Animated picture buttons (Widescreen, 16:9 format)
Animates pictures in circle shapes along a curved path. Just replace the pictures with your own.

Fades from grayscale to color

Picture fades from grayscale to color (Widescreen, 16:9 format)
Uses animation to gradually change a picture from grayscale to full color. Just replace the picture with your own.

Rectangles curve up and grow

Squares curve up and grow in sequence (Widescreen, 16:9 format)
Animates three squares that curve up from the bottom of the slide and grow as they glide into place. Replace the text with your own.

Applies To: PowerPoint 2013

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