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Chapter 17. Advanced PowerPoint > Making a Slideshow

17.1. Making a Slideshow

Chapter 16 discusses building slides and finding your way around PowerPoint. Now it's time to dig in and look at the big picture—how to bring those images together into a complete slideshow with all the trimmings.

17.1.1. Transitions

PowerPoint gives you broad artistic license in the way you switch from one slide to the next. By varying the transitions—the between-slide special effects—you can create a sense of movement or put some zip into otherwise lackluster material such as tables, flowcharts, and scenes from your Cancun honeymoon. PowerPoint transitions range from simple cuts (with one slide quickly replacing another) to fancier effects such as dissolves (where one slide melts into the next) and checkerboard wipes (where slides transmogrify with a moving checkerboard effect). Even with all this variety, though, it's a good idea to rely on simple transitions and use the pyrotechnics sparingly.


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