Scrolling Banner – Tutorial

Previously, I have posted a sample on how scrolling banner can be achieved in PowerPoint. Today, I will go through the steps:

First of all, you will need to create a duplicate of the scrolling banner. To do so, right click on the banner, and click Copy.
Next, click Edit > Paste.
Position the original banner on the top of the slide.
Now, place the duplicated banner beside (at the right side) the original ones.
Ensure that there are no gaps in between.
Hold down the Shift key and select both the banners.
Click the Draw button on the drawing toolbar located at the bottom.
Select Group.
Click Slide Show > Custom Animation.
Click Add Effect > Motion Path > Left.
Double click on the added motion path. This will bring up the effect options dialog box.
Uncheck Smooth Start and Smooth End.
Click on the Timing tab.
Click on the Repeat dropdown field and select “Until End of Slide”.
Set a speed of your preference. Medium should be good enough.
Ok your way out.
Now here’s the tougher part. Basically, what we are trying to achieve here is to have the banner in view first. When the motion path stops, the end position should looks exactly the same as the start position.
Hence, you will need to increase the length of the motion path. How long exactly? It must be the length of one banner.
To do so, select the motion path, then hold down the shift key.
Click on the end point of the motion path, drag it till it is the length of one banner.
Release and preview it in the slide show.
If you can still see minor jerks, do a little adjustment on the motion path until it is perfect.

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Circle the keywords

Lets say you have a slide filled up with a number of points. During the slide show, you want the audience to take note on certain keywords. One way you can do is to draw a ring (a circle without fill color) around the keywords and animate it in such a way that the ring is being drawn around the keywords automatically during the slide show.

This can be done in PowerPoint, with the help of Wheel effect. Using PowerPoint 2002/XP and above, go to the Custom Animation (Click Slide Show > Custom Animation).
Select the ring on the slide.
Now, click Add Effect > Entrance > Wheel. (Click on More Effects if it doesn’t appear on the list).
Select the added Wheel effect.
You will see that the default number of spokes is set to 4. Change it to 1 and we are done.
You can then adjust the speed to your preference.

You can also take a look at my Traditional Countdown tutorial which is similar to the above tutorial. Traditional Countdown tutorial also includes 2 samples for you to take a look at:

Tile up your background

In PowerPoint, you can tile up your background so that you will see repeated images filling up your slides. This may look tricky, because there isn’t an option where you can choose to tile or stretch your background. So how can this be done?

First, click Format > Background.
Click on the dropdown field and select Fill Effects.
This will bring up the Fill Effects dialog box.
Select the texture tab.
Click on “Other Texture…”.
Look for the image you want for tiling the background.
Click Insert.
Click Ok and Apply to All.
Now, you will see repeated image filling up the slides.