Using motion paths to animate PowerPoint images

Often none of the many custom animations that come with PowerPoint will be right for your project. So what can you do? The answer lies in creating your own movement path.

A motion path is a custom path, usually a line that an image follows on a PowerPoint slide. You can use a specific line type already set up for you in PowerPoint, such as a line that moves down and to the right, or you can create your own curvy line.

  • PowerPoint 2007 † On the tab Animations on the ribbon, click the button Animation
  • PowerPoint 2003 (and earlier versions). Choose from the menu Slideshow > Custom Animation…
Contents
  1. Choose to draw custom motion path
  2. Add a custom motion path
  3. Add Effect > Motion Paths > Draw Custom Path > Doodle
  4. Draw a motion path on a PowerPoint slide
  5. Winding Motion Path
  6. Change movement speed
  7. Make changes to the motion path
  8. Check the PowerPoint motion path animation
  9. Watch the motion path animation
  10. An example of motion path animation in PowerPoint
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Choose to draw custom motion path

Add a custom motion path

In this example, we’ll create a winding path for an image to follow on a PowerPoint slide.

  1. Select a graphic object.

  2. In the task pane Custom Animation On the right side of the screen, select the following −

Add Effect > Motion Paths > Draw Custom Path > Doodle

Remark † If necessary, select other options for other projects.

Draw a motion path on a PowerPoint slide

Winding Motion Path

Using a parameter scribble for a motion path, you can draw any type of winding path for the graphical object you want to follow.

  • Place the mouse pointer next to the graphic object and draw a line on the slide where you want to trace the object.

Change movement speed

Make changes to the motion path

After the motion path is drawn on the slide, you can change the speed or apply animation by clicking or automatically. You can change these settings in the User Animation task pane.

Check the PowerPoint motion path animation

Watch the motion path animation

Click the button at the bottom of the custom animation toolbar Play to see the motion path animation applied to the artwork.

If you don’t like the result, you can just select the motion path and press the key remove on the keyboard to delete it. Repeat the previous steps to draw a new motion path.

An example of motion path animation in PowerPoint

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This animated image above shows an example of a meandering type motion path animation using the . option scribble in custom motion paths.

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