Get creative with 3D models
On Windows and macOS, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook support inserting 3D models directly into your documents, workbooks or presentations to illustrate a point. You can rotate models 360 degrees or tilt up and down to show a specific feature of an object.
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Add 3D objects from a local file
You insert 3D models into your files much the same way as other images. On the Insert tab of the ribbon select 3D Models and then From a File .
Once it's inserted you can use the controls to manipulate the image:
Add 3D Models from our online library
To select a 3D Model from our online library, choose 3D Models > From Online Sources . In the dialog box that appears you can browse, or search for, 3D images from the catalog.
Select one or more images and click Insert .
Change how your 3D models look in Office
When you insert a 3D model into your Office file you'll get a contextual tab on the ribbon under 3D Model Tools called Format . On the format tab there are some handy controls to help you customize how your 3D images are going to look.
The 3D Model Views gallery gives you a collection of preset views that you can use on your image. For example you can quickly select the head-on view or the top-down view.
If you've got multiple 3D models and you're having trouble selecting the one you want to work with, click the Selection Pane to turn on the list of objects. Then you can easily select the image or images that you want to select.
The Align tool helps you place your image on the page or slide—at the top or side, for example.
Pan & Zoom gives you control of how your 3D image fits within the frame. Click the Pan & Zoom button, then click and drag the object within the frame to move it. Use the Zoom arrow on the right-side of the frame to make the object appear larger or smaller within the frame.
Once you have your 3D images inserted you can do all kinds of exciting things with them, such as using PowerPoint's Morph Transition to make the object appear to rotate or spin.
Send 3D Models in email
In Outlook 2019 or newer, you can insert 3D models into an email message. To use this feature you have to be using the full-sized message editor. If you create a new email you'll already be using it, but if you are replying to a message in the reading pane you'll need to click Pop Out to expand the message editor to full-size. Then you can go to the Insert tab and click 3D Models.
One important thing to remember is that the other person won't be able to edit the model you insert in the message. 3D models in emails are converted into pictures when sent, so the other person can't edit it.
Supported versions of macOS
3D models in Microsoft 365 for Mac or Office 2019 for Mac are supported on macOS version 10.12 and on macOS version 10.13.4 and later.
This feature isn't supported on macOS version 10.11 and earlier. It also isn't supported on macOS version 10.13.0 through 10.13.3. If you’re running one of those versions, you’ll need to upgrade to a newer one to use 3D.
To select a 3D Model from our online library, choose 3D Models > From Online Sources . In the dialog box that appears you can browse, or search for, 3D images from the catalog.
If you've got multiple 3D models and you're having trouble selecting the one you want to work with, open the Selection Pane to turn on the list of objects ( Home tab > Arrange > Selection Pane ). Then you can easily select the image or images that you want to select.
Once you have your 3D images inserted you can do all kinds of exciting things with them, such as using the Morph transition to make the object appear to rotate or spin.
Add 3D models
To insert 3D models in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint for Windows Mobile go to the Insert tab of the ribbon and select 3D Models .
The pane will open. Select one, or more, images and click Insert .
Select any 3D model you've inserted in Office for Windows Mobile and you should see a 3D Model tab appear on the ribbon. Here you'll find tools that let you rotate your model a preset amount (you can always just use your mouse to manually rotate it exactly the way you want, if you prefer), or make other changes.
Some of the changes you can make include:
Wrap text controls how text will flow around your 3D model on the page. Perhaps you want your model to stand alone and for text to only be above or below it? Perhaps you want the 3D model to only take part of the screen and for text to flow alongside it as well? This tool lets you make those choices.
Forward or Backward let you arrange how other objects on the page appear with your 3D model. For example, if you wanted to add an arrow shape and have it appear on top of your model, pointing at something, you could send the 3D model backward and bring the arrow shape forward, so that the arrow appears on top of your 3D model. Forward and Backward let you have multiple layers of images or objects.
Size and Position give you some tools that let you precisely resize your 3D model. If you need the 3D model to be exactly 4.12 inches tall that may be difficult to do by dragging the mouse, but in the Size and Position tool you can type the exact height and width you want. You can also use this tool to rotate your model, around any or all 3 of the axes, to a precise degree.
Alt Text allows you to specify a brief text description of your 3D model for the benefit of people with visual impairments who rely on a screen reader to consume your file.
After you've made changes to your model you may decide that you want to undo the changes you made. The Reset button on the right end of the 3D Model tab will let you put the model back the way it was before you started changing it.
A new kind of clip art
Microsoft 365 doesn't have traditional clip art, but 3D models are a new kind of clip art: The online library of ready-to-use three-dimensional graphics has many graphics to choose from that you can use as-is or adapt.
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How to Use the New 3D Model Feature in PowerPoint?
We can now add 3D models into PowerPoint presentations!
This feature is available for Office 365 subscribers. It is also available in all of Microsoft Office applications, like Word and Excel.
Have you tried the 3D model feature in PowerPoint?
If not, you should try it out.
Imagine being able to present a 3D model in PowerPoint to your client.
It takes a PowerPoint presentation to the next level!
The 3D model feature in PowerPoint has been developed with special features that enable cross-platform flexibility.
3D models in PowerPoint can enable you to be creative and productive.
3D models have been around for a long long time and we have seen them in action in several applications and many industries use 3D model software to develop plans and project models.
Microsoft recognized this requirement of PowerPoint users and made it possible to insert 3D models in PowerPoint.
Currently, it works only with Windows PowerPoint, not on the Mac version.
3D modeling in PowerPoint presentations is an added bonus for those from the entertainment, gaming, architecture, publishing, advertising, and marketing, geology and science industries, to name a few.
And guess what?
You can also create 3D models by using Paint 3D which is available with Windows 10 (latest version, office insider builds) as a default app.
You can download royalty free models from Remix3D.com . Remiz3D is a community where you can store and share all your 3D models. You can save them directly from 3D Paint.
Getting started with 3D Models in PowerPoint
Inserting 3D models follows the same steps that you would use to insert photos or videos in PowerPoint.
Open a new PowerPoint or an existing deck that you want to add 3D Models to.
Go to Insert → Select 3D Models
From the drop-down menu, you can pick how you want to insert a 3D file.
If you have your own 3D models that you want to insert into the presentation, that is awesome!
There are specific 3D file formats that can be inserted into PowerPoint slide. See below.
Select the format that your file is saved as.
If you don’t have a file, then you can opt for “ Online Source ” where you can search for what you want, or you can pick free models from Remix 3D.
If you have an account with Remix 3D, you can easily create 3D models in 3D Paint and save them in the community.
Once you insert the 3D model, you can rotate the model according to the angle you want to view it from.
To be able to rotate the model, click on the 3D model and the rotation tool will appear at the center. Hold the mouse pointer inside the rotation tool then rotate it freely in any direction.
However, you will encounter a few limitations when using 3D models in PowerPoint. You can’t edit 3D models within PowerPoint. At least not yet, until the tool is improved. Customization has to be done in Paint 3D.
There are restrictions when it comes to animation too. However, it works well with morph transition and the Pan & Zoom feature of 3D models.
Morph transition is as effective as animation. Let’s see how.
Say you have a slide with 3D models.
Let’s add some effects to give the slide some motion. First things first. Fix the position of the models as per your preferences before adding the morph effect. Here is an example.
Select a model. Here we have selected Earth. To change the size of the model, in the menu section, go to format and select the Pan & Zoom feature.
You will see an icon on the right side of the model you selected. Click on the + icon and you will notice your cursor change into a two-direction arrow.
Use your mouse to zoom in and out and resize or change the focus of the object. You can also use the four corners of the model to resize the object.
Once you have positioned the objects, duplicate the slide.
In the duplicate slide, reposition the objects to how you would like the slide to appear after. Like a before and after effect. See image below.
Now add morph transition to the slides.
Go to transition and select Morph.
Under the Timing section , you can set the duration, you can add sound, and under the advance slide , you can select if you want to have the morph come in at mouse click or without it and you can just set the duration.
There, you have animation! Morph is a fantastic feature to create an animation effect.
You don’t need to be a design expert to be able to create simple 3D animation in PowerPoint.
I created the above slides in just two minutes. And here is the final result.
For those who are familiar with 3D modeling, it might be disappointing that Microsoft currently does not support camera angle and lighting as it does in other 3D modeling software .
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When it comes to filing size for decks made using 3D models in PowerPoint, it is more or less similar to decks with images. But again, it all depends on the size of the 3D model used.
If the size is too large, then it will affect the responsiveness of the PowerPoint deck, and the deck might take longer to load.
Since the 3D model is a new feature in Microsoft Office, I guess we will see improvements soon.
What do you think of the new 3D model feature in Microsoft Office?
Let us know by leaving a comment.
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Create custom 3D models for PowerPoint
- Written by: Ingrid Mengdehl
- Categories: PowerPoint design , PowerPoint animation
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When Microsoft brought out 3D models support in PowerPoint, we were all a bit excited. From first experiments rotating objects with Morph to ambitious plans to recreate Star Wars in our favourite presentation software, we were determined to push boundaries. However, there are only so many times you can play around with the animated 3D T-Rex to make it look like he’s about to eat your audience. (I know, I’ve tried). There usually comes a point where you want to create your own 3D models in PowerPoint to add that little pinch of excitement to your presentation. If you don’t know where to begin, fear not. We have just the guide for you!
We decided to start with a cube. It’s easy to achieve, but we can guarantee it will raise your status amongst your friends and colleagues. (If they’re not that impressed, we recommend better friends. No one needs that kind of negativity in their life.) To see what you’ll be able to achieve once you’ve read this article, have a quick look at the video below.
Ready to give a go? Perfect.
For this tutorial, you’ll need two different pieces of software. The first one is PowerPoint, which you should already have. The second is a free Windows app called 3D Builder . You can get it from the Windows Store.
Step 1: Create your cube’s faces
Open PowerPoint and create a new presentation. Add a blank slide.
Insert six squares. Make sure the squares are the same size using BrightSlide’s Match Size tool. BrightSlide is our brilliant, free PowerPoint design and productivity add-in with lots of helpful tools perfect for PowerPoint people! You can download BrightSlide here .
You can style your squares however you want to (colour fill, transparent, with or without outlines,…). Add text or pictures inside. We used a mix of illustrations and text.
Once you’re happy with how your squares look, save them individually as pictures. Select one square (and all its content), right-click, and select Save as Picture .
Select the destination and save as PNG . You should end up with six pictures like this:
Step 2: Create your 3D cube
Here comes the exciting bit. Once you’ve installed the 3D Builder, open it. On the welcome screen, click on New Scene .
Once the scene is created, go to the top-left and click on Insert > Cube . Congratulations! You now have a 3D model of a cube.
The next step is to add the designed faces you’ve already made. To do that, make sure your cube is selected, then go to Paint > Texture .
This will open the painting options. From there, click on Selected > Load . It will open a browsing window and you can navigate to the folder where you saved the faces. Select the first one.
If you now hover over the cube, your cursor will change to a little airbrush icon. Click on one face to apply it. It should now look like this (though, obviously, with your design instead):
Click in the grey area to rotate around the cube and repeat this process for each face. Remember, you’ll have to load the new surface every time. Once you’re happy with it, click the Apply button in the top left.
That’s it! Your model is ready. You just need to save it. Click on the Save icon in the top-right corner and select the destination folder. Make sure it is saved as a .3mf file.
There we go. Just one final step left before you create literal magic.
Step 3: Importing and animating 3D models in PowerPoint
Go back to PowerPoint. Either create a new file or use the one in which you created the faces. Go to the Insert tab, then 3D Models > From a File…
Find your cube and insert it. This will place your 3D cube on the slide. Arrange it however you want for its starting position:
Once you’re happy, select the slide in the panel on the left and hit Ctrl+D (or right-click and Duplicate Slide ). On the new slide, move the model so that it shows a different face. Repeat this process however many times you need.
When this is done, select all slides showing the cube, then go to the Transitions tab and select Morph in the drop down menu.
That’s it! You’re done. Hit F5 or go into Show Mode , and watch your 3D model rotating around with each click. You can also go back and forth using the Left and Right arrows on your keyboard.
This technique can be applied to more complex elements, so feel free to have a play around with 3D Builder. It’s probably the least intimidating 3D software out there and is a great starting point (not to mention, free!). To give you an idea of what’s possible, here’s an animated zoetrope that was built in the same way as the cube:
Want to have a play with the cube we created? You can download it here .
If you make a 3D model in PowerPoint that you’re really proud of, let us know on Twitter or by email at [email protected] ! We love seeing what other people get up to in PowerPoint.
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This is amazing ! thanks for sharing.
However I’m looking for a tuto that will allow me to make turn an excel graphic like in this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZHDhmM6KTc at 00:32
If you can help me it will be great
Thanks a lot in advance
This is beautiful
This was great…is there anyway to access the 3d ms models and save them directly to my hard drive to use the models in non microsoft programs? ty also can you make available the zoetrope model file?
Glad to hear you liked it! For saving models, the best way to do that would be to go through 3D builder (New Scene > Insert > Add). From there you can get any 3D model available through Microsoft, then, once it’s loaded in your scene, you can save it wherever you want as a .3mf file.
As for the zoetrope file, we’d rather not share it externally. However, you can use the tutorial above to create your very own (in 3D Builder, go to Insert > Custom > Cylinder, and then you can customise it really easily). Let us know if you have anymore questions!
Excellent. No puffery; just facts and encouragement. Thanks
Thank you ! It helped me a lot.
Many thanks for the simple and straight forward explanation on this topic. Really help me in my current project.
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PowerPoint 3D: add another dimension to your presentation.
Get to grips with PowerPoint’s built-in 3D objects to bring your presentation to life.
Do you, like so many others, find your slides to be lacklustre, flat, and lifeless? There are loads of clever design tricks you could utilise, to add depth and dimension to your PowerPoint slides, but they all take time, skill, and an eye for design. If you don’t have all these ingredients for success, fear not: you can take advantage of PowerPoint’s built-in 3D objects and add the third dimension, without all that unnecessary hard work.
In this article, Jaz, Senior Presentation Experience Specialist at Buffalo 7, takes us through the multi-dimensional world of possibilities available to us, thanks to PowerPoint 3D.
Doesn’t time fly?
Can you believe it’s been three years since Microsoft added 3D objects to the wealth of features found within PowerPoint? When it was first released, there wasn’t much meat on the bones, and though we could see the potential, the team here at Buffalo 7 were a little disappointed. However, after a few updates, we’ve finally got something decent to play with, and the Buffs can’t keep their hooves off it.
In the Treehouse , we’re continually looking for new ways to push the boundaries of PowerPoint design. Without sounding too clichéd, we believe the ability to add 3D objects into PowerPoint really was a game changer, and the game continues to evolve with each update.
The days of white slide backgrounds, awful stock photography, and lifeless text are on their way out. With tools this advanced available, and without even having to leave PowerPoint, there really is no excuse for bad slides. This 3D functionality gives you more design options, making it easier to illustrate your point, immerse your audience in a new world, or even give a fully-interactive demo, without having to carry the physical product around with you.
The possibilities of PowerPoint 3D
Imagine you work for a mobile phone company and you want to show off every new feature of the latest model. By simply using an app* for your smartphone, you could turn a real-life phone into a 3D object that imports straight into PowerPoint. Once imported, you can edit, animate and even interact with the object.
* Trnio for iPhone is one example, but this isn’t an endorsement
What if you were a property developer looking for investment? You could show your proposed plans, and even create a 3D animation of the build progress, all from within PowerPoint.
Or what if you were responsible for updating the entire company on finances, once a week? To avoid that usual wave of yawns from your audience, you could integrate 3D charts and graphs to really liven it up and revive engagement levels.
In the past, 3D design would’ve only been accessible through a motion graphics designer and then imported into PowerPoint as a video . The ability to do all this natively in PowerPoint means you can create impactful 3D worlds within your presentation, without relying on specialists to create and amend your 3D designs. This also removes the associated cost that comes with hiring outside help.
What’s not to like? Here’s how you get it done.
How to insert 3D objects into PowerPoint
Firstly, you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. Whenever Microsoft release a new feature, if you’re a 365 subscriber, you’ll automatically get access to all the latest goodies.
You may need to check for updates:
1. Open PowerPoint and create a new presentation
2. Go to File then Account
3. Under Product Information , choose Update Options and Update Now
NOTE: You may need to click Enable Updates first, if you don’t see the Update Now option right away.
4. After Office is done checking and installing updates, close the pop-up window
5. Close, and then re-open, PowerPoint and you should now see 3D Models under the Insert tab in your top ribbon
Working with PowerPoint 3D
Now that you have the capability, you have to make some tough decisions: which 3D model to choose first?
Navigate to the Insert tab and click 3D Models, then click From online sources, and you’ll be able to choose from the catalogue at Remix 3D , without leaving PowerPoint. Over the last three years, this catalogue has grown at an impressive rate. There are now 59 categories and plenty of design styles to choose from.
Alternatively, you might want to open up even more options by sourcing your 3D objects from external sites, such as Turbosquid . Watch out for your file types, though, as PowerPoint only currently supports:
- Filmbox Format – *.fbx files
- Object Format – *.obj files
- 3D Manufacturing Format – *.3mf files
- Polygon Format – *.ply files
- StereoLithography Format – *.stl files
- Binary GL Transmission Format – *.glb files
If you do source your 3D models elsewhere, you can add them into PowerPoint by navigating to the Insert tab, clicking 3D Models , but, this time, choosing From a File…
Once, you have your perfect 3D object, you can start to really have some fun.
Playing with movement in 3D
Tilt and rotate.
Under 3D Model Tools , you’ll see a tab labelled Format . This is where you can get to grips with some easy-to-use functions, that will add movement to your slides, without any fuss.
3D Model Views
This is a collection of pre-set angles that you can use to manipulate the audience’s view of your 3D object.
Pan & Zoom
Control how your 3D image fits within the frame. Click the Pan & Zoom button, then click and drag the 3D object to move it.
Use the Zoom arrow on the right-side of the frame to make the object appear larger or smaller.
Now that Microsoft has integrated animation options, 3D models are more customisable than ever. With options for entrance, exit and emphasis, there’s a multitude of possibilities for how you choose to direct the movement of your 3D model.
Once you’ve added the 3D animation effect of your choice, you can check out our ultimate guide to animation to learn how to set timings, create smooth animations and get a little more complex with your movement.
These animation updates make it much easier to enhance your visual narrative than in earlier iterations of PowerPoint 3D. Previously, users had to rely on the Morph transition to do all the heavy lifting, which was time-consuming, and not always the best tool for the job.
However, Morph remains an excellent option for more advanced PowerPoint users. If you did want to learn how to combine 3D and Morph, check out this blog .
Microsoft keep bringing the goods with each and every update. Zoom , PowerPoint Designer and Morph all spring to mind, but PowerPoint 3D is our favourite yet.
By taking advantage of PowerPoint 3D, most of the hard work has been done for you. All that’s left to do is wow your audience and leave them shocked that you created slides that seem to jump off the screen, without leaving PowerPoint.
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How to Convert 2D Shapes to 3D in PowerPoint
MS PowerPoint is not Autodesk 3D Studio, but you can still create some nice basic 3D shapes using the Format options and adding some depth. Also, there are some shapes that are already prepared for 3D and we will see more in the next paragraphs.
This image with a 3D shape and Label was created from a basic rectangular shape in PowerPoint. After adding some effects we achieved this 3D shape with a label and shaddow effects. You can use such styles to decorate your 2D presentations.
The easiest way to change the rotation options in PowerPoint is by selecting the shape and then clicking on Shape Effects under Format menu. This will display a popup with shape options and 3-D Rotation menu will appear. You can choose to disable Rotation or apply any Parallel rotation.
- Isometric Rotation
- Off Axis Rotation
- Perspective Rotation
- Oblique Rotation
But if you need more control over the rotation options, you can access the 3-D Rotation Options and more advanced options will appear. This can be really helpful if you need to create a custom 3D Box with a custom rotation degrees in X, Y, Z or if you want to control the shadow, the depth bevel effects, and more.
In the images below we will see how we can create a 3D shape using the built in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 3D options.
3D Rotation in PowerPoint
Format Shape is the dialog where all these 3D options are available. As you can see below, once we access 3-D Rotation menu we can choose from gallery of ready made rotation presets, but alternatively we can rotate the shape by certain amount by changing the values on X, Y, Z. If you don’t need fixed values but want to test how it looks while moving the coordinates, you can play with the right icons and see how it is changed. The live preview is shown in the slide so make sure your 3-D object in PowerPoint remains visible while you have the dialog opened.
Here you can keep the text flat or convert it to 3D using the same shape options.
- Rotate shapes in PowerPoint
- Rotate animation in PowerPoint shapes
If you move to 3-D Format tab, here you can choose other options for example to control the Bevel (top, bottom), the Depth, the Contour, or even the Surface. Changing the surface style (Neutral, Warm, Cool, Special) gives you more flexibility over the surface used to decorate your 3D object.
In the rotation, you can test with different presets, especially if you want your 3D Shape to be placed vertically or horizontal over the slide. Here we can show you an example using another parallel 3D style.
And here we can see the result after applying some 3D styles to the shape from a 2D shape.
Adding Perspective to Shapes in PowerPoint
If you are using 3D options, you may be wondering why sometimes the Perspective amount is disabled in PowerPoint. Well, this is basically because Perspective can be controlled on objects that are of type Perspective. So, before you can change it, you need to use the Perspective style from the Presets. Now the Perspective textbox will be enabled and you can start changing it. As you can see, in the example below we have changed the perspective value to 45°.
Sometimes you may be wondering why the Perspective textbox appears disabled. This is normal if you didn’t choose any Perspective effect from the Presets, so if you have the problem that do not see how to change the perspective, try changing the presets first to any perspective style.
Lastly, this video will show you how to apply the 3D options to shapes in PowerPoint. This can be really helpful to make awesome 3D PowerPoint templates for your presentations or even try to make awesome backgrounds like those used for premium animated PPT templates . The video will show you how we have changed the option values in Format shape options to simulate a 3D effect.
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Add a 3D animation to an opening or ending slides for your next PowerPoint presentation. It's easy to do, and it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Microsoft PowerPoint began distributing built-in 3D animations in 2018. There are a number of stock animations that you can freely include and distribute, and I think a perfect spot is the often boring beginning and ending slides. Most of the time, the slides you display when people are entering and finding a seat or leaving your presentation are a bit flat and dull. In this article, I’ll show you how to add a bit of fun to these slides by inserting 3D animations. It’s easy, but a lot of users don’t know these new animations are available.
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I’m using Microsoft 365 on a Windows 10 64-system. This feature is available in recent versions of Microsoft 365, 2019 stand-alones, and Windows 10 phone apps. These animated objects are also available in Word, Excel and even Outlook. For your convenience, you can download the demonstration .pptx file . This feature isn’t supported in the menu version.
What are they?
Microsoft refers to these animations as models, but I think 3D animation is just as meaningful and less confusing. It’s not necessary to understand what happens out of sight. These 3D animations are a bit like morph only more fun and a lot less work. In fact, inserting a 3D animation is similar to inserting a gif. You insert the file, and it just works. Now, let’s move on and insert a 3D animation into an opening slide.
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How to insert a 3D animation into a PowerPoint slide
I’ve watched a lot of presentations, and while the opening and ending slides aren’t even necessary, they do provide a hint to what’s going to happen and when you’re done. Most, sadly, have no sense of humor. Sometimes, that’s appropriate, but 3D animations can provide a quick spark before and after your presentation.
Figure A shows a rather bland, but descriptive, slide that you might display as guests arrive to your workshop on multi-tasking. It’s bland, but it does the job. Let’s add a 3D animation to liven it up, just a bit.
To begin, you need an introductory slide. I used Comic Sans MS 66 for the title and 36 for the welcome line in the slide shown in Figure A . The text box is centered. Now, let’s liven things up by inserting a 3D animation:
- Click the Insert tab.
- In the Illustrations group, click the 3D Models dropdown.
- From the dropdown, choose Stock 3D Models. Doing so opens an interface that lets you choose 3D animations by category.
- Click Animated Animals and browse down a bit until you find the juggling octopus shown in Figure B .
- Click Insert.
- Resize the 3D animation object until it’s as large as it can be without extending off the slide.
- Move the text box up a bit so the animation doesn’t obscure the text.
Figure C shows the slide in Normal view. Although you can’t see the action in the figure, if you’re following along, you can see that the octopus is juggling! Now that’s a fun representation of multi-tasking.
Changing perspective and more
Did you notice the odd icon that looks a tiny bit like the atomic atom symbol in Figure C ? This tool allows you to change the animation’s perspective by rotating or tilting the view—remember, it’s 3D. Figure D shows the result of dragging down and to the right just a bit. Because it’s 3D, you see a completely different perspective—one from above instead of facing forward. Even the cubes change perspective with the octopus. If you don’t like the changes, press Ctrl + Z to undo them.
When the animation is selected, check out the contextual 3D Model ribbon shown in Figure E . These options offer even more ways to modify the animation to suit your needs. When you have a bit of time, explore these options further to get the most from your 3D animations.
You’d expect to work much harder to achieve these effects. There’s nothing difficult about adding a 3D animation, but the results can be awesome!
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