Tutorial on PowerPoint Fireworks

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Tutorial on PowerPoint Fireworks
Create fireworks for your next PowerPoint project. (fireworks 4 image by Edgeman from Fotolia.com)

Add a bit of flare to your PowerPoint projects by creating some fireworks. You could search the Internet or buy a gif or Flash fireworks file, but with some advanced animation techniques, you can create your own fireworks directly in PowerPoint. Learning how to create advanced animations will add to your technical PowerPoint skills toolbox. To top it off, it isn't hard. So open up your PowerPoint and get going.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

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    Click the "Insert" tab on the main menu, click "Shapes" and choose the Oval shape. While holding your mouse down, draw a circle on the stage that has a height and width of 2-by-3 inches; this will be your explosion. Repeat the process, making an oval with a height and width of 1.50-by-.05 inches for your rocket.

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    Press the "Shift" key on your keyboard and click both shapes to highlight them. Right-click and choose "Format Shape" from the pull-out menu.

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    Click "Fill" and then "Gradient Fill." Click the "Fire" option from the "Preset Colors" menu. Click "Radial" from the "Type" menu. From the "Direction" menu, click "From Center." Click "Line Color" and choose "No Line." Click "Close" to accept.

  1. 1

    Click the "Animations" tab, and then click "Custom Animation." Move the rocket to the bottom of the slide, off the stage.

  2. 2

    Click on the rocket to highlight it and then click "Add Effect," "Entrance" and "Appear." Click "After Previous" from the "Start" pull-down menu.

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    Click on "Add Effect," "Motion Path," "Draw Custom Path" and then "Line." Click on the rocket and, while holding your mouse down, draw a line to the explosion. Right-click the rocket and choose "Send to Back."

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    Click on "Line Effect" in the animation panel, and click on "With Previous" from the "Start" menu. Right-click on "Line Effect" and click "Effect Options." Uncheck "Smooth Start" and "Smooth End." Click "OK."

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    Click on the explosion to highlight it and click "Add Effect," "Exit" and "Disappear" (click on "More Effects" if you don't see "Disappear.") Click "After Previous" for the start type.

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    Click "Add Effect," and then click "Emphasis" and "Grow Shrink." Click "With Previous" for the start type.

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    Click "Add Effect," "Entrance" and then "Appear." Click "With Previous" for the start type and click "Very Fast" for the speed. Click on the "Size" pull-down menu and enter "300%" next to "Custom."

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    Click "Add Effect," "Exit" and then "Dissolve Out." Click "With Previous" for the start type and click "Very Fast" for the speed.

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    Right-click on the slide and choose "Format Background" from the pull-out menu. Click "Gradient Fill" and choose "Nightfall" from the "Preset Color" menu. Click on the "Type" menu and choose "Linear," and then click on the "Direction" menu and choose "Linear Down."

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    Click "Stop 2," located under the gradient stops, and then click the darkest black from the "Color" menu. Click "Stop 3" and click a lighter shade of black from the "Color" menu.

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    Repeat this process for Stop 4 and Stop 5, choosing a shade of black that is lighter each time. Click "Apply to All" and click "Close" to accept.

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    Click on the explosion to highlight it and then click "Format," "Shape Effect," "Glow." Click "Accent Color 6, 18pt Glow."

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