Swap Animation on PowerPoint

Swapping objects so that object A, which is initially on top of object B, will now be on the bottom after the animation. Natively, PowerPoint doesn’t have such feature to achieve this, though I believe the same applies to most animation tools out there. This however, can be achieved with a neat workaround. First, you have to understand that every shape, text, images and many more, are considered an individual object. If you use Photoshop, Flash or similar tools, think of each object being in their own layer, where they can be rearranged in orders. Objects can thus be sent to the back, bring forward and so on, so as to readjust their ordering. By know this concept, you will then be able to workaround and create a swap animation on PowerPoint.

To do so, you will need 3 objects. Object A, B and C, where C will be a duplicate of object B. Next, re-order the objects so that B will be on top, followed by A, then finally C. Then, add Disappear effect and set it to after previous on object C. This will allow you to hide it at the start. Next, add the same custom motion path on both object C and B such that it creates a swap motion (it should be in a loop). Set the object B to start on click while object C to start with previous. Add Disappear effect on object B, start on with previous and delay to 1 second. Do the same to object C, except with an Appear effect instead. This will allow object C (the duplicate) which is under object A to replace B during the animation. 

With further tweaks, you can also improvise the swap animation by having the animated objects shrink during the swap animation so as to apply a more 3 dimensional feel. Swap technique is also an useful animation where you can apply it to various situations. An example would be Orbital animation, which basically uses similar technique showing an animation of the moon orbiting around the earth. Take a look at the link below to see how Swap Animation technique works: Swap Animation PPT


PowerPoint Hybrid Formatting

PowerPoint comes with a set of ready made designs and templates that would usually cater to your need. This is what makes PowerPoint easy and friendly to use. With PowerPoint 2007 and newer versions, shapes, texts and smartarts now have more formatting sets (color, fonts, effects and etc) than you would ever get to use. However, there would be a time where you will be thinking of mixing these formatting to suit your need. Unfortunately, changing the design means reformatting the entire presentation slides, where all the shapes, texts and smartarts would be affected. 

There’s a way to achieve hybrid formatting. First, for those who are unaware of the design and formatting sets, open up PowerPoint, then click on the Design tab. Under Design, you will see various formatting such as Colors, Fonts, Effects, Background Styles and many more. These features are available to help you format your presentation without the need to edit them manually, such as assigning a particular color to all the shapes or a particular font to all the texts. In short, it makes thing much easier. A combination of these formattings allow you to create tons of variations to each presentation. Technically, with some tweaking, you could say that no two presentation will be the exact replica.

Now, in order to achieve hybrid formatting, open up a blank presentation. Next, create the object that you wish to have (e.g. text, shape, smartart, chart etc). Give it the formatting of your choice. Then, right click on it and select Copy. Go back to your initial presentation and paste the object onto a slide. You will see that the object changes to the formatting based on the initial presentation. To switch it back to the new formatting you have created, click on the ‘Paste Options’ icon beside the object and select ‘Keep Source Formatting’. You may also wish to save the new formatting by saving it as a presentation file for future use. The advantage of this hybrid formatting allows you to mix various preset designs made available in PowerPoint. However, do keep in mind that by doing so, these hybrid formatted objects will stick to their own formatting, thus they will remain unchanged when you attempt to change the design ‘globally’.