An explosion is a dramatic way to show destruction in your presentation – maybe you want to destroy a problem revealing a solution.
The simplest explosion animation is two simultaneous exit effects, Dissolve Out and Basic Zoom/In. Here’s an example of this effect that also hints at how this might be used:
Another relatively simple animation creates a “flash” that fills the screen, then slowly fades away revealing the result of the explosion:
The flash is a large, gradient filled Oval. The flash appears via a fast Basic Zoom/In effect. Before the Oval Fades Out, the “goal” object and the debris pile Appear and the “barrier” Disappears. Here’s the animation pane:
A real explosion is chaotic – difficult to mimic in PowerPoint. My approach here is to use several simple explosions together to create a more complex effect.
Here are some “improved” explosions and a demo with layered elements:
- These “fireballs” are gradient-filled with yellow (hot) centers blending into red (cooler) at the edges. The gradient uses the Path option to create the radial features.
- The fireballs also have Soft Edges.
- The first fireball uses a Cloud shape and is animated with the same Appear/Zoom/Dissolve effect as before.
- The second fireball uses a Fade effect rather than Dissolve; you may like this better.
- The third fireball uses an Explosion 1 shape.
- The final example uses three separate fireballs to create a more complex explosions. I rotated and re-sized the basic Cloud shape to get some variability.
You can experiment with more/different shapes and timing. You can also add animations; this example adds motion paths to lift the fireballs:
Explosions create dust/debris clouds; this example uses gradient filled Cloud shapes to add dust which fades away (and a sound effect from soundrangers.com):
You might want to add flying debris, rising smoke, “streamers,” etc., or experiment with timing, shapes and color. Search for animated or cartoon explosions for inspiration – real explosions may not be helpful.
If you want to blow stuff up (in PowerPoint), use the form below to request a free PowerPoint file that includes these animations: