Start your presentation with a BANG!

animate images in powerpoint

At least once in your lifetime, you will have to perform a presentation or already had, either for academic or business purposes.  It may be a great experience or a nightmare. Do you know what differentiates a superb presentation from a regular? The great presentations start with a BANG! Something unusual that promptly attract the audience’s attention.

In this article we have shown simple ways to animate images in powerpoint. Read to learn more


Microsoft PowerPoint offers numerous tools to achieve that and this tutorial will teach you a distinct animation: The Spinning Globe. The advantage of this kind of technique is that it is rarely used and will demonstrate that you have advanced skills in presentations.

In addition, the Spinning Globe can be used in several themes related to any international topic, worldwide business and, even, human sciences matters such as globalization.


Let’s start?

That is the result we are going to achieve in the final of this tutorial:

Spinning Globe


Figure 1

We are using a Galaxy background, however, you may use anyone of your preference and the result will be similar.

The first step is to insert a blue background on the slide. In other worlds, you will change the original white colour of the slide to blue.

  1. Go to Design Tab.

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  1. In the Design Tab, click on Format Background.

3)The Format Background table will appear beside the slide.

Figure 3

Keep the option “Solid Fill” and press the Fill Colour Button.

Figure 4

Apply the colour Blue Accent 1, Lighter 40% (Fifth column, third row)

Figure 5

The original slide´s white colour is converted to blue. This is going to help to set an blue effect to our globe latter.

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  1. Now, let´s create a circle. Go to Insert Tab.

Figure 8

  1. Press “Shapes”.

  1. A tab with numerous options of shapes will appear: choose the circle.

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The circle option can be found on “Recently Used Shapes” or “Basic Shapes”.

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  1. A Cross sign will come out. That is the tool used to create shapes as well as resize it.

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  1. Press, simultaneously, SHIFT and LEFT BUTTON of the Mouse to create the circle and regulate the size of your preference.

This command provides increasing and decreasing shapes in proportional sizes, creating perfect figures.

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  1. Now duplicate the circle by using the procedure bellow:

Press the circle.

Notice that a square with white circles will show up.

Figure 14

Pressing the LEFT BUTTON of the mouse, hold CRTL and drag to any direction you want. A duplicate of this shape will emerge.

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Leave the circle in the slide. It will be used latter.

  1. Insert a picture of a Galaxy.

You have 2 paths: searching in any site of your preference and, after, copying and pasting it on the slide or use PowerPoint application to do both.

The second method is more professional and more efficient and is going to be presented for you.

Go to Insert Table and press Online Pictures.

Figure 17

A new tab will come up, showing the option “Bing Image Search”.

Type “galaxy” in the blank space and press ENTER.

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A display with several images will be presented. You may scroll down or up to choose one of your preference.



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After choosing, click on the image and press the Insert Button.

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The image is inserted within the slide. Resize it to fill the whole slide.



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With the image selected, RIGHT CLICK the image.

Resultado de imagem para left click mouse png A bar with option will be displayed. Click on “Send to Back” and after “Send to Back” again.

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This command will move the image behind the circles.

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  1. Position the circle on spot, on the slide, that you plan to set the Spinning Globe. In this case, it will be the right up corner of the slide.

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  1. Now, we are going to subtract the circle from the galaxy image.

Select the Galaxy image and the circle.

Figure 27

Go to Format Bar of Drawing Tools.

Search Merge Shapes.

Figure 28

Press Merge Shapes and choose the option Subtract.

Figure 27

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Notice the colour of the top circle became lighter.

It happens because, this circle was cut from the Galaxy image, therefore this space is Blue Background applied in the begging of the Tutorial.


Figure 31

  1. Insert a square.

Remember the procedure of Step 5: Insert Tab > Shapes > Rectangle.

Choose the first option of the group or Rectangles.


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Create a square bigger than the circle. Press, simultaneously, the LEFT BUTOM of the mouse and CTRL to size it in a perfect shape.

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  1. Let´s configure the square´s fill to start building the Globe.

Select the square and RIGHT CLICK it.

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A Drop List will appear.

Press Format Shape.


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The Format Shape Tab will appear on the left side of the slide.

First, in the Line Tab, choose” No Line”.

Second, in the Fill Tab, choose “Gradient Fill”.

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After pressing “Gradient Fill”, the colours of the square will change and more options, in the Format Shape Tab, will come up.

These applications be used the set colours of the square.

This step is very important because is one of basis of the Globe.

Figure 38.1

Figure 38.2

In option Type, put “Radial”. In option Direction, put “From Center” (third option of the row).

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Notice the direction of the colours inside the square changed.

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Now we will change the colours of the Gradient Stops. Let´s see how it works.

Gradient Stops. Here we have 4.

Each Stop has it own configuration.

You may change its Colour, Position, Transparency and Brightness.

Figure 43

The Gradient Stops define the

miscellaneous inside the square.

Figure 41

To set the configuration of the one Stops, just click on it and apply the commands bellow.

Stop 1

Color: Black

(the first of the second row of

the Theme Colors)

Position: 0%

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Figure 44.1

Transparency: 100%

Figure 44.3

Stop 2

Color: Black

Position: 45%

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Transparency: 50%

Stop 3

Color: Black

Position: 70%

Transparency: 7%

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Stop 4

Color: Black

Position: 85%

Transparency: 2%

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If necessary, resize the square. It is important that it is bigger then the circle, but not too much.

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  1. Now, you will set the Gradient Stops of a circle.

Remember the second circle that was made in Step 8, by duplicating the first? Now it is time to use it.

We are going to configure the its Gradient Stops very similarly to the previous Step.

First, drag the square away from the circle. It will be returned latter.

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Select the Circle and repeat the procedure of Step 14.

Right Click > Format Shapes > Format Shapes Tab

First, in the Line Tab, choose” No Line”.

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Second, in the Fill Tab, choose “Gradient Fill”.

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Let´s apply configuration on the 1º Gradient Stop of the circle.

Stop 1

Color: Off White

Position: 0%

Transparency: 91%

The procedure to apply the color is slightly differently:

Fill Color Button > More Colours > Standard > Off White (the color in the middle of the color´s pallet)

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Use the table bellow to set the Gradient Stops.

Stop 1 2 3 4
Position 0% 39% 70% 95%
Transparency 91% 80% 62% 11%

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  1. The next procedure is to insert a map image, repeating the same procedure of the Step 10.

SMART TIP: When you´ll need to apply images in coloured background, use PNG format.

Generally, PNG Format presents littles squares within the image. It means that the figure can be applied in any background that will show only the figure. No blank spaces.

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Insert a map image on the slide, preferentially in PNG Format.

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Position the World Map in the blue circle and resize it to fit in this space (remember that it was a circle´s shape that was subtracted from the Galaxy Background).

Resize to fit, pressing SHIFT and the mouse´s LEFT BUTTON.

Position on the blue circle

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The next step is the duplicate the World Map.

Select the World Map.

Press the LEFT BUTTON of the mouse, while holding CTRL, and drag to the right.

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Now, let´s group the 2 figures.

Select both figures and RIGHT CLICK it.

Resultado de imagem para left click mouse png Within the list of option that will appear, press “GROUP” and after “GROUP” again.

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The figures are grouped and will work as it was one.

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  1. Let´s apply animation in the world map to simulate earth´s rotation movement.

With the world map selected, go to Animation Tab.

Press the More Button.

Figure 74

A display with numerous options of animations will appear.

Click in “More Motion Paths”.

Another display will appear. Scroll down to Lines Curves group.

Choose Left animation (the eighth of the first row)

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The animation effect is applied on the world map, and a configuration called Motion Path appears.

Figure 77.1

Motion Path provides more flexibility to custom the animation.

It is possible to use the “line with arrows” to set the beginning and end of the effect.

Motion Path



Pressing SHIFT, drag the RED ARROW to the left border of the world map, exactly in it beginning of the figure.

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Figure 77.1

The next step is change the configuration of the effect.

In Animation Tab, press Animation Pane.

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Beside the slide, the Animation Pane will come up.

Press the More Button.

A Drop List will appear.

Click in Effect Options.

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A display will come up with numerous configurations.

In Effect Tab, remove the Smooth Start and Smooth End by dragging the buttons to the left, until the time becomes 0 seconds.

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Go to Timing Tab.

In Start Options, put “With previous”.

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In Repeat at Options, choose “Repeat until the end of the slide”.

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Lastly, go to Duration Option on Animation Tab.

Apply 4 seconds.

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  1. The last step is to position all the elements of the Spinning Globe on the right spot.

Send the world map to the back.

Select the world map and RIGHT CLICK it.

Resultado de imagem para left click mouse png A drop list will appear. Click in “Send to Back” and “Send to Back” again.


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The world map is sent behind the Galaxy Background.

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Position the white globe above the world map and the square above both.


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Now send the Galaxy Background to the Front, repeat the same procedure applied to “Send to Back”.

Right Click > Drop List > Bring to Front > Bring to Front.

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The Spinning Globe is done.

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This application is highly versatile and can adapt to any theme of your preference. It also can be used in other lighter background, for example Daylight Views.

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If you would like to learn more about this, you can read this article from Microsoft to learn more

Thanks for your attention!



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