PowerPoint morph is a magic little transition that’s been around for a while now. As the world gradually discovers just how useful it really is, it’s turning out to be the gift that keeps giving. We’ve compiled a trilogy of how-to tricks so that you can up your morph ante.

Before we get going, if you take a look at this and you start breaking out in a morph sweat, then you might want to take a look at this article first: it explains the basics of morph and how it works.

But if all of that is child’s play to you, it’s time to begin the second most important trilogy in the known universe. (This one is the most important, in case you were wondering.)

PowerPoint Morph Tutorial #1: The morph magnifying glass

In this tutorial we use morph to create a magnified ‘roll-over’ effect on an image.

PowerPoint Morph Tutorial #2: Lens reveal

In this tutorial we create a lens, and then use morph to bring everything into sharp focus.

PowerPoint Morph Tutorial #3: The cut-away

In this tutorial find out how to use morph to create a cut-away effect that can be used in everything from blueprints and sketches, to interior and exterior photographs.


PowerPoint Morph Tutorial #1: The morph magnifying glass

But enough of that. Let’s jump in at the beginning with our first step-by-step tutorial. This is what we’re looking to create today, it’s a magnifying effect using morph:

Use cases

Perhaps you have a detailed image or screenshot with specific sections you’d like to highlight to your audience. Maybe a particular muscle on a human anatomy diagram, or a couple of important points on a scatter graph. Whatever it is, if you’re looking for a cool way to blow that image up and make it big enough for everybody to see, try this cool morph trick that will leave your audiences amazed and informed.

Though you can use some great tricks like this one to do the same thing statically, the best bit about this morph trick is how slick and dynamic it looks.

Step-by-step tutorial

1. Go into “View” > “Slide Master” and create a new layout.

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2. Delete all the text boxes so that you have a blank slide, then “Insert Placeholder” and insert a picture placeholder that fills the whole slide.

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3. Insert a second, smaller picture placeholder, and make it circular.

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4. Exit the slide master (“Slide Master” >  “Close Master View”), and change the layout of your slide to the custom layout you just created.

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5. Insert the same image into both of the placeholders.

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6. Move the small image placeholder just off the slide, and using the crop function (“Format” > “Crop”), enlarge the image and align with the image on the slide. Be sure to use the white dots on each corner of the image to resize, not the black bars around the placeholder (these will alter the shape of your placeholder, rather than the image).

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7. Apply formatting on the small placeholder so that it looks more like a magnifying glass.

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8. Duplicate your slide, and move the small placeholder over the section of the image that you would like to magnify. Use the crop function again to align the image to the slide (don’t alter the size of the image, just the position).

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You should now have something that looks like this…

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9. Add the morph transition onto your second slide.

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Boom – you’re done. Watch that back in show mode and prepare to amaze your audience.

You could even take it a step further, and make a series of slides, which take the magnifying glass on a whistle stop tour around lots of different parts of your image. Just repeat steps 8 and 9, moving the small placeholder to different parts of the slide and cropping to adjust. Easy peasy.


And if you’re ready for a different morph challenge, why not build and animate a 3D Death Star, or if you’ve got carried away and it’s all gone wrong, see our fix for morphing multiple objects here.

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  1. Image of Robert Schumacher Robert Schumacher says:

    I am thinking of selling all of the programs I have been buying as a result of my very mistaken belief that PowerPoint was going the way of the 8 Track tape.

    • Image of Joby Blume Joby Blume says:

      We think that the move to a subscription model and more frequent releases has really helped PowerPoint.

      Every few months another great feature is introduced, and Microsoft seem to have replicated or improved on most of the top features of competing software, while retaining some unique strengths.

      If I were launching yet another PowerPoint alternative right now, I would be very nervous about Microsoft just copying my USP as a minor feature update next month.

  2. Image of Graham Hannington Graham Hannington says:

    Nice tutorials, thank you!

    My use of the PowerPoint Morph transition is relatively basic (I’m still learning!), but I thought this example was worth sharing:

    I use Morph throughout the video, but especially from about 9:15 onwards.

    Morph is great for vertically scrolling text. A current gotcha, though (which I’ve logged on UserVoice): Morph doesn’t preserve some text formatting. So, if you want to highlight text, you need to scroll the unhighlighted text via Morph, highlight it, fade out the highlight, and then Morph to scroll again.

  3. Image of Micheal Micheal says:

    If I were launching yet another PowerPoint alternative right now, I would be very nervous about Microsoft just copying my USP as a minor feature update next month.

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