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90. Animate Text

One of the more interesting features of Impress is its capability to animate the various text elements of your slides, producing an animated effect as the slide appears during the presentation. Consider how captivating your presentation could be when any of the following occurs:

  • The title and then the rest of the text flies onto the slide from the side.

  • The title falls down from the top while the bottom half of the slide rises up from the bottom edge.

  • The slide's graphics appear and the text slowly fades into view. (98 Impress with Special Effects describes how to animate graphics.)

    Before You Begin

    89 Format Presentation Text


    See Also

    92 Use a Style


  • Each bulleted item in the list comes onto the slide by each letter cartwheeling into view.

    NOTE

    The biggest problem with animation is not getting it to work but getting it to work far too well. Don't overdo animation. The animated effects are so fun to work with that it's tempting to add all sorts of fades, cartwheels, wipes, and bounces to the slides. After so many, your presentation will become so top-heavy with animation that the importance of the content will be lost on your audience and the presentation will take on an overdone appearance.


  • Paragraphs of text fade in at different moments.

  • The title of your slide bounces into view, and when it finally comes to rest at its anchored location, the rest of the slide appears.


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