The Morph transition in PowerPoint 2016 is pretty cool, but did you know that it can also make objects rotate in 3D too? Check out the video below to see how.


The content from the video can be found in the article below.

You may have played around with the new PowerPoint morph function (much like Kate did here) in PowerPoint 2016, which works across two slides and recognizes any objects that are on both and seamlessly transitions from one slide to the next. If you reposition the object on the second slide, during the morph transition, the object will move. Change the colour and it will blend to that new colour. You can even change the shape and size of an object.

That’s cool beans right there. It makes it much quicker to create some fantastic effects.

But this is mind blowing stuff.

If you create an object that is 3D, using the 3D bevel and rotation functions, you can create some amazing rotation effects. Create any shape and then go to the Format tab on the ribbon, then Shape Effects, and then under Bevel, choose 3-D Format Options. From there, put a bevel on the shape – top and bottom to bring it to life a bit more – and then give it a nice 3D rotation, maybe using the Perspective options as a preference.

Now, this is the bit that made me squeak when I first realised it worked.

Duplicate the slide with the 3D shape on it, and on the second slide rotate the shape a bit more using the 3D rotation options. Go to the Transitions tab and set the slide transition to morph, and then when you put it in show mode (by pressing F5) and go from one slide to the other, your shape rotates between the two states.

Wow! That is so cool!

And you can do it over a series of slides if you want different views. So duplicate the slide again, and rotate the shape more, duplicate the slide again, and rotate it again, and then the shape just spins round and around and around when you go into show mode.

Morph was already a fantastic idea to be able to make amazing effects to really enhance your storytelling, but this opens up even more possibilities. Here’s hoping for even more 3D functionality in the future to back it up. If you’ve made any great morphing slides, share them with us by emailing info@brightcarbon.com – we’d love to see them!

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