You will need...
-A computer with PowerPoint 2007 or higher (This will work on some versions before 2007, but 07 has much better graphics)
-Time (5-15 minutes)
-(Depending on how ambitious you get with effects) A good graphics card...
Step 1: Let's Start With the Plan...
This instructable will go over all of those.
Step 2: Preparing the Slide
1. On the ribbon go to Home>Layout (In the slides portion)>Blank
2. On the ribbon go to Animations>Advance Slide
Uncheck On mouse click
Check Automatically after
Set the value to 00:00 if it isn't already
3. On the ribbon go to Animations and make sure that the slide transition is set to No Transition
Step 3: Simple Graphics (Color Shape)
To create a basic shape:
On the ribbon go to Home>Drawing>More (The down arrow with a line over it)>(Select a shape)
1. Click on the shape you created
2.Locate (on the ribbon) Home>Drawing>Shape Fill
3.Click shape fill
4. Select either a basic color, gradient (blend), photograph, or a texture.
Step 4: 3d Rotation and Basic 3d Shaping
Go on the ribbon, and go to
Home>Drawing>Shape Effects>3d Rotation>3d Rotation Options...
Now a window opens up. You can manually adjust the rotation or chose from some preset rotations. Perspective adjusts how 3d an object looks in an environment.
Want to turn a square into a cube? Or a circle into a cylinder? Just add depth!
In the 3d Rotation Options window, select the 3-D Format Tab. A lot of things we aren't using right now come up. Locate the Depth box in the middle on the right.
I usually test numbers like 25, 50, 100, 250, 500 and then fine tune from there.
Keep the 3d Options page open for the next step!
Step 5: Bevel (Advanced 3d Shaping)
Height is how far the bevel comes out of the shape.
Width is the slope of the bevel.
Step 6: Lighting/Shadows
In the 3d Format tab Find lighting at the bottom. You can select different lighting levels but tones are limited. You can also adjust the angle at which light strikes the object. Materials are very useful when it comes to making things look real. They adjust reflection of light to make metal shiny, and powder transparent.
Shadows compliment lighting to make amazing picture quality. However the shadows only show the basic 2d object you started with. To make a basic shadow, go to the shadow tab and start with a preset in the box at the top. I always adjust the shadow to about 180 degrees away from where the light hits the object, as this makes it look more realistic.
Step 7: Animation
Right click the slide you are working on and select duplicate slide. If duplicate slide is not in the menu try again. In the new slide select the object you want to move or alter, and well move or alter it in any way. For example...
Bevel it (or change bevel settings)
Turn the lighting... (and shadow)
Just be aware that this is the long part. You may want to save every so many slides.
Step 8: The End...
As always comment any problems you run into while animating, and I will try to answer them soon. Goodbye
P.S. Here are some animations I made.