How to Animate Icons in PowerPoint

In this video, I show you how to add animated images to Microsoft PowerPoint for the purpose of creating a video clip.

If you don’t care for video, there are written instructions below and a PDF file you can download to follow in your spare time.

Watch the Video:


Step 1: Prepare Your Canvas

1. Page Setup – set the width to 13.34 inches and height to 7.5 inches.
2. Change the Canvas Color – anything is better than white. :)
3. Enter the Master Template – click View and Slide Master buttons.
4. Format the Background – choose solid or Gradient fill.
5. Exit the Master Template

Step 2: Choose Your Images

1. Create Header Text – add a call to action to prompt viewers to share your video.
2. Add Images to Work Space – click Insert and select Picture buttons.
3. Size and position images – place images on the canvas.

Step 3: Add the Animation

1. Click on the first image – all others will be based on this first one.
2. Open Animation Effects Window – choose the animation you want.
3. Choose More Entrance Effects Window – additional animation options.
4. Animation Painter – copy the animation from image #1 to the other images.
5. Change the Sequence – change how the images draw on the screen.
6. View Your Changes – make any necessary changes.
7. Create a Video Clip – save to high definition video and to your hard drive.

Download the PDF File

If you are a visual person and prefer pictures showing you step by step, download the to learn at your leisure!

Your turn! Do you animate with PowerPoint? Leave a comment and let me know!

Thanks for reading,
– Bonnie

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About Bonnie Gean

Bonnie is a full-time writer and marketer with over 20-years of experience as an entrepreneur. She loves helping people overcome the technical challenges associated with an online business. Need a step-by-step tutorial? Simply ASK her and she'll help you too.

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  1. I love it when we can use programs that we currently have to create visual effects. It really does save you money and allows you to be even more creative.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  2. Hey Bonnie, yes I’ve responded to my blogs but have no idea if anyone see the responses:)
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  3. Hey Bonnie, how cool was that! Great step by step video!
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  4. Bonnie, your tutorials are great! As a video marketing coach, I teach people to create video to market themselves and their businesses both online and offline. I teach them everything from video strategy, video production techniques and video sharing to drive traffic to their websites, generate leads and convert those leads into sales. Because video can enhance all aspects of business marketing, I also teach email marketing, blogging, social media marketing and YouTube. There’s a video in the linked recent blog post below, if you want to know more.

    Thanks for asking!
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  5. Hi Bonnie

    That’s neat! I’m looking to produce a video from a PPT presentation I have. I don’t have Microsoft PowerPoint, but do have Open Office, so hope that will work much the same.

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  6. Yes I do enjoy learning…not much as of yet. Will be in the future. Was originally a telecommunications and film major in college.
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  7. Great Tutorial! As a video marketing coach I teach people to use PowerPoint to create videos, and this has some good tips for adding some useful motion! I’ll definitely share with my peeps!
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    • Thanks Becky!

      I don’t consider myself a video marketing coach, but like anything I try online – I’ll share my experiences if I know it can help someone get over a learning curve that prevents them from doing things.

      What exactly does a video marketing coach do?

  8. I am glad you have wonderful experiences with Lon and software. Not to shabby with their multiple uses :)
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  9. Bonnie Gean…great video…thanks for the info. Very helpful for those using PPT. Was on a webinar with Daniel Hall, Michelle Schoen & Lon Naylor —they were using Camtasia for their presentation. Tech Smith has a bunch of great products besides Camtasia. I am looking forward to using them.
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    • I’ve used Camtasia since it was released. I also have Techsmith’s “Snag-It” program, which is a Godsend in capturing quick images off the screen. (Especially handy for tutorials!)

      I don’t know of any other products from Techsmith other than Camtasia and Snag-It so I’ll need to visit their website and see what else I’m missing. :)

      I’ve been to several of Lon Naylor’s presentations. They basically teach you how to use PowerPoint, but I think it’s grand that they use Camtasia to capture the screen presentations they make in PowerPoint! The best of both worlds, eh?

    • Liz – if you have a Macintosh computer (Apple), there is a program, much like Camtasia, only waaay cheaper that I use it’s called ScreenFlow, only $99!
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  10. Love the step by step video! I’ll have to try this. I’m going to go to your channel and subscribe. Did you use camtasia for this?
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  11. Thanks for sharing this, Bonnie. I don’t use PowerPoint that way, except to create presentations so this is something I can’t wait to try. Thanks for sharing!
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