How to “morph” images in PowerPoint (almost)

Clients sometimes suggest that I should “morph” something into something else as a way to dramatize a change or transition. This is a useful idea but PowerPoint does not support a true morph effect that seamlessly transforms one image into another.

Note: Since this post was first written, Microsoft has included a morph transition. For a method using a transition as an on-screen animation, see this post.

The title of this post is a little misleading since I will not be creating true “photo morphs.” However, you can create interesting transitions between images using animation effects; here’s the general approach:

  • Position one variation over the other (use Drawing Guides to accurately position the two objects) and use an Exit effect on the overlaid object to reveal the second object. You can also use an Entrance affect to “cover” the original object.
  • Or, position one variation over the other as before and use simultaneous Exit and Entrance effects to reveal the second object.

Here’s a video of some examples; the overlaid (blue) object exits (Wipe, Dissolve, Wedge and Blinds effects):

Here’s how it looks with photos; the overlaid image Dissolves Out:

You can also change the size of an image using the Exit/Zoom with an appropriately timed Appear of an overlaid image. In this example, the overlaid object is half the size of the original object. Exit/Zoom/Out (0.6 sec duration) of the original (blue) object  is combined with an Appear of the overlaid object (orange) at 0.3 seconds (half way through the zoom):

You can also use Grow/Shrink for this kind of effect. Combining Grow/Shrink 150% of the blue object followed by an Appear of the orange object gives this result:

You can create a “focus” effect by exiting a blurred version of an image to reveal a sharp/original version. PowerPoint 2010 or later has a picture blur tool or you can use another application (e.g., Paint Shop). Apply this technique  to PowerPoint objects/drawings by converting the object to a picture (Copy/Paste Special) before applying the blur. Here is an example of a photo and an object (a fictitious logo):

There is no easy way to “morph” the shape of an object but using Stretch/Collapse effects yields some interesting results. The first example shows a Collapse/To Bottom of the blue circle followed by a Stretch/From Bottom of the square. The second example “flips” a triangle by using Collapse/Across and Stretch/Across. This basic method can also be used to open a book, flip a calendar, etc.:

If you want a free PowerPoint file containing these “morphing” examples (plus a few more),  use the link below and click on the PowerPoint icon to download a “source” PowerPoint file:

Powerpointy blog – morphing images

See this page for more on downloading files.

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