How to Use the Morph and Enhanced Morph Transition in PowerPoint

Sara Wanasek

Sara Wanasek

How to Use the Morph and Enhanced Morph Transition in PowerPoint

There are many different ways to enhance your presentations to make them more engaging for your students, including transitions and animations. One particular transition, the morph transition in PowerPoint, will give you a smooth animation for objects on your slide when moving from one slide to the next. In the same way, the Enhanced Morph will smoothly transform one shape into another.

These morph transitions work for any images, objects, or shapes you have on your slides!

Plus, when used correctly, these visual cue, morph transitions can help your students connect to the information and follow more clearly along, which can help them recall the information later. To learn how to use morph and enhanced morph in PowerPoint, watch the video or follow along the blog with our Metamorphosis – morph example!

How to Use Morph Transition in PowerPoint

  1. Add object you’d like to morph onto two slides

    To use morph, first, you will need to have the same object, in a different location, on different slides. In our example, you can see we have a green rectangle shape at the top of each slide in a different location, which will morph transition as a live progress bar.

  2. Click Morph in Transition tab

    Next, click on the shape or image that you want to apply the morph transition to. From there, just go to the Transitions tab in the top ribbon, and click Morph. Continue to do this for all the shapes in your presentation that you want. In our case, we will do this for all of the green rectangles on the other slides.

  3. Watch your object do a morph transition in presentation mode

    Then, start your presentation to test it out! You should see a smooth shift between the shapes instead of the simple jump. For using this transition on shapes or images that are not duplicates of each other, you will have to use enhanced morph.

If you have different shapes you want to apply Morph transition too, you can! Just use the Enhanced Morph steps.

How to Use the Enhanced Morph Transition

The enhanced morph transition is very similar to the regular morph transition; we just need to add an extra step: renaming the images. Here’s how to do a morph transition for two different objects:

1. Add 2 different objects you’d like to morph onto two slides

First, ensure that you have different images, shapes, or objects on each slide that you want to add the transition to. If you apply the regular morph transition on these different objects, you will see a quick fade in and out, instead of the smooth morph transformation we saw previously.

2. Rename objects in Selection Pane inside Format tab

name the image, objects, or shapes on your slide the same name with two !! in front to use the enhanced morph transition in PowerPoint

To morph transition different images, for this example, you need to rename them to match each other and add “!!” to the name. Click on an image on your slide, open the Format tab, and underneath the Arrange category, click open the Selection Pane. Here, you can rename the image or object to whatever you’d like, as long as it matches the second image.

Then add two exclamation points before the name you gave your objects. So we will rename our images “!!img”. This is an important step.

Then, make sure you rename your second object in the Selection Pane the same name beginning with “!!”.

3. Click Morph in Transition tab

After all the images are renamed with exclamation points, you can add the morph transition from the Transitions tab in the PowerPoint ribbon.

4. Watch your objects morph in Presentation mode!

And you’re done! Test it out in presentation mode or with the preview button on the Transitions tab. You should see the images morph into each other, instead of a quick jump or slow fade. Now you know how to transform your PowerPoint presentations with some new transitions!

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Sara Wanasek

About Sara Wanasek

Sara Wanasek is a PowerPoint expert with a deep understanding of education technology tools. She has been writing for ClassPoint for over 3 years, sharing her knowledge and insights in educational technology and PowerPoint to teachers. Her passion extends beyond writing, as she also shares innovative ideas and practical presentation tips on ClassPoint's YouTube channel. If you are looking for innovative ideas and practical tips to elevate your presentations as well as the latest trends in educational technology, be sure to check out it out for a wealth of insightful content.

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