Animating a “Breakthrough” in PowerPoint – Part 2

This is the second in a series on using a “breakthrough” animation to dramatically introduce a brand, product or other “punch line.” This example is simpler than the version in the previous post:

In this version, two shapes pivot away from each other revealing the message. Here’s how:

  • Create the message and position a little to the right of the center of the slide.
  • Draw the top shape – a Freeform that fits the upper part of the slide. This fragment extends outside the slide on the right by about an inch so that, when it pivots, the background won’t show prematurely. The slide is represented by the blue outlined rectangle:


  • Draw the matching bottom shape. An easy way to match the broken edge is to duplicate the top shape and edit the points to make the new shape without disturbing the broken edge:


  • Fill the fragments with a color that contrasts with the slide background. Add a shadow to the bottom edge of the top fragment.
  • For the animation, we want the upper fragment to pivot around its lower left corner and the lower fragment around its upper left corner. To set the pivot points, add a circle, larger than the fragment, with its center at the desired pivot point; group the circle and the fragment. Here’re the three parts of the animation:


  • Make a slide with the fragments aligned with the left edge of the slide, covering the slide/message. Add the Spin effect (counterclockwise for the top and clockwise for the bottom). I used a Spin of 15 degrees.

As usual, if you want a free copy of the PowerPoint file used in this post, use this form:

1 Response to “Animating a “Breakthrough” in PowerPoint – Part 2”

  1. 1 Wham! Bam! Boom! Explosions in PowerPoint | powerpointy Trackback on July 6, 2016 at 1:22 pm

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