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Beautiful 3D animations in PowerPoint


The ability to do 3D animations in PowerPoint has opened up whole new design possibilities for your next pitch presentation!

Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes. – Napoleon Hill

3D animations in PowerPoint has opened up whole new design possibilities for your next pitch presentation! If you can use it properly, 3D animations can make your audience sit up and pay attention.

Limitations of 3D animations in PowerPoint

Before we dive into the details, there are limitations of 3D animations in PowerPoint. It only works for later versions of PowerPoint (versions 2016, 2019 and Office 365) and you can only spin a 3D model around in a few variations.

Like the traditional animations, you need to know how to use them in an artful way else your slides can turn out looking dumb.

Adding 3D objects

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.

3D animations in PowerPoint

You can select a 3D Model from Microsoft’s 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.

searching for 3d model in powerpoint

Adding 3D animations

Once you have a 3D model inserted to a slide, have it selected and on the Animation tab of the ribbon select one the 3D animations.

3D animations options in PowerPoint
There only 5 animations you can do with 3D models.

Create a 3D Earth spinning in space

I figured that if I can only spin something on a slide, I should spin something cool and corporatey (commercially focused). That idea lead me to create this slide design.

beautiful slide with 3D animated earth hanging is space.

List of resources you need:

  1. Picture of the moon: https://www.pexels.com/photo/blue-and-white-planet-display-87009/
  2. 3D model of the Earth: Insert it from Microsoft’s 3D model library.
The idea is to replace that blue Earth with a spinning 3D version.

Steps to create the PowerPoint slide design

Step 1: Insert an empty slide.

Step 2: Insert a 3D model of the Earth.

3d gallery from Microsoft PowerPoint

Step 3: Insert a block-arc shape to cover half the 3D Earth. Fill it with black colour, with soft edge effect.

how to create a realistic earth view from the moon

Step 4: What is left would be to place the moon picture as a background, hide the original Earth picture with a black rectangle and finally a cool looking title text and you are done!

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Hello I'm Derek Leong

Hello I'm Derek Leong

I create websites, PowerPoint presentations and ebooks. I love vintage art, graphic design, cats and have an unhealthy fascination with occult topics. My skills include WordPress, Elementor, Javascript, Blender & VBA programming.

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