Creating an Animated Sea Aquarium/Getting Acquainted with Power Point
Created by Patricia Janann Nicholson

Directions: Power Point is a presentation graphics application program you use to organize and present information. Whether you are giving a sales pitch or promoting a product, a presentation graphics application can help make your presentation effective and professional. The first activity you will complete will deal with animated graphics. You will learn how to use transitions to animate objects on one slide.

Power Point 2007 Instructions

Power Point 2003 Instructions

Power Point 2007 Instructions:

Open PowerPoint

Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office > Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007

PowerPoint should open as a presentation. If not click the Office button Office Buttonand select New New PowerPoint.

Select Blank Presentation

New Blank Presentation

Save Your Presentation

Click the Office button again Office Buttonand select Save As from the drop down menu and name your file Under the Sea. See the information below on how you want to save your document.

Save As Options

Set your Slide Layout to Blank

Because you are going to be creating the appearance of sea aquarium you will just be using graphics, not text. You will need to replace the title slide layout to blank.

On the Home tab select Layout then select Blank.

Blank Layout

Place a Background on Your Slide:

Click on the background graphic link below and open the zip folder. There are three backgrounds that you can use or you can find one of your own. Drag the graphics to your student folder (Open you student folder while you have your zip folder open and simply drag it from the zip file to your student file).

Background Graphic Files

To place the background graphic on your slide with the Design tab selected click Background Styles then select Format Background.

Format Background

This opens the Format Background dialog box. Select Picture or texture fill, click File under the Insert from section and browse to find your background picture, then click Close to apply the background to your slide.

Background Fill

Insert Animated Fish Graphics to Your Slide:

Now it is time for you to collect fish and other underwater animated graphics to add to your aquarium. Save them to your student folder. The link below contains some animated graphics you can use if you are having trouble finding some. You will unzip the graphics then drag them to your folder as you did with the background graphics you saved above.

Animated Sea Graphics

Insert the Animated Graphics:

With the Insert Tab selected click the Picture icon to open the My Pictures folder on your computer. Navigate to your student folder and double click on the animated graphic to place the graphic on your slide.

Insert Picture

Click off the picture to deselect it. Notice that the Ribbon Changes when you deselect the picture.

Play the Slide Show to see the animations by selecting the Slide Show tab and clicking From Beginning at the Start Slide Show section on the Ribbon.

Play Slide Show

Click the Escape key (the top left hand side of your keyboard) to return to your Slide Show editing.

Add Custom Animation:

Realistically fish aren't stationary when they are swimming so you need to add movement to your graphic. This is done with custom animation.

Click on the graphic you want to apply animation to.

With the Animations Tab selected click Custom Animation.

Custom Animations

This opens the custom animation dialog box that will appear at the right of your document. Click the Add Effect button and select from four types of animation; Entrance, Emphasis, Exit, or Motion Paths.

Add Effect

You will most likely be dealing with Entrance, Exit, or Motion Paths.

First you will apply an Entrance (crawl or fly) animation to the graphic you just inserted onto your slide. While your fish is still selected click Add Effect > Entrance > More Effects.

More Effects

The Add Entrance Effect dialog box opens.

Click on Crawl In. Make sure the Preview Effect check box is checked. Notice the fish is moving up from the bottom. I want my fish to move in the direction it is facing. Don't worry about this for now. Click OK to close the Add Entrance Effect dialog box.

Crawl In

First place your fish where you want it to stop. The way my fish shown below is facing to the right so I want it to move from left to right:

Fish Moving

In the Custom Animation Pane select the options that you want to apply to your animation. Since you are later going to make the slide show run on its own I would change Start from Mouse click to either With Previous or After Previous. The Direction will depend on how your animation will appear on the slide and select the speed that you want.

Crawl Animation Effect

Again play your Slide Show (Slide Show > From Beginning) and see if it the way you want it. You can change the Modify settings or simply click the Remove animation button Remove Animationto start all over. Press escape to return to your Editing Slide Show mode.

Try the different animation effects to make your Under the Sea Aquarium look realistic. Also include at least one Motion Path animations.

Continue adding animations to the rest of your graphics. Remember to include at least one Motion Path animation.

Add Midi/Music File to Your Slide Show:

When you insert a sound on a slide, an icon Sound Symbolthat represents the sound file appears. To play the sound while you give your presentation, you can set the sound to start automatically when the slide is displayed, start on a mouse-click, start automatically but with a time delay, or play as part of an animation sequence. You will set your sound to start automatically when the slide is displayed.

The link shown below contains several Midi files you can choose from for your background sound. Click on the link to open the zip folder then drag the file you want to use to your student folder.

Music/Midi Background Sound Files

Since we have only created one slide for this activity the sound will be placed on this slide. For other presentations that contain more than one slide you will need to have the slide you want to include the sound on active.

On the Insert tab, in the Media Clips group, click the arrow under Sound and select Sound from File.

Insert Sound

Navigate to your student folder and double click the sound you will use.

You will then see a prompt box that ask "How do you want the sound to start in the slide show?"

How do you want the sound to start

Click Automatically.

Next you need to change the animation order so that the sound will play at the beginning of your Slide Show. You will need to move it up in the Custom Animation dialog box.

Open the Custom Animation Pane by clicking the Animation tab and selecting Custom Animation.

Custom Animations

Click on the music file to select it then click the up arrow to move it to the start of your custom animation list.

Move Sound Up

Make Sure Your Slide Show Runs on its Own - No Mouse Clicks

Play your slide show to make sure you do not need to click a mouse to move to the next animation. Remember you need to view your custom animations to make sure mouse click is not selected.

Save your work and then turn it in for grading. Make sure you look over it with your grading rubric!

Horizontal Rule

Word 2003 Instructions:

To open Power Point, go to "start," then "Programs", then choose "Power Point" from your list. Choose "blank presentation" from your dialog box. You will then be given several templates to choose from. Choose the "blank page" by clicking on it, then click "OK." When the slide opens, you are ready to begin adding pictures to your page. You will develop an aquarium with an ocean background color, assign transition effects to your animated graphics, and set the background music to "Jaws." Before moving on, save your presentation. Click on file, then save as. Name this presentation Under the Sea and be sure you navigate to your folder before clicking OK.

You will now place a background on your blank slide, follow the steps below:

To find graphics related to the ocean environment, click on the following links. Right click on the image you want, then save it to your student folder. Since we are going to use "Jaws" as our background music, a shark gif would give the page more character. Also, try to find underwater plants, bubbles, etc. to make your scene look realistic.

Free Animated Graphics

Animation Library

Animated Gif Finder

If you can not find adequate graphics at the site above, to and in the search text box, type in the type of graphic you want to find. Some example search words include animated fish graphics, animated underwater graphics, underwater mermaid graphics, etc.

Once you have collected some of your graphics, you will place them on your slide. To do this, you follow the above directions for inserting your background as a graphic. Try not to resize your image because it will cause the animation to become fuzzy. Move your images around on the page to get a good balance.

If some of your graphics have a white background and you want to make it transparent, see the troubleshooting section below.

To give your page a more realistic look, you will add transitions to some of the images to have them move across, up or down on a page. Select a fish you have currently placed on your slide by clicking once on it. You want to place the fish graphic where you want it to end up, not where you want it to start. Suppose your fish is facing right, you should place the fish all the way to the right side of the slide. Locate the custom animation on the animation effects toolbar (it has a blue arrow key pointing left) and click on it to open the custom animation dialog box. If your animation effects toolbar is not visible, click on view, then chose animation effects to open the toolbar. You will first need to check the animated slide objects box that contains the fish graphic you choose. It should be surrounded by little white boxes. Once you have put a check in the box that contains that graphic, a whole list will open for you. Depending on which way your fish are facing will determine what directions you will have them go. For example, if my fish graphic were facing to the right, I want it to swim from the left to the right. Choose crawl from the first drop down menu and from the left. To see how your transition will look, click the preview button at the top right of your dialog box. Now choose fly and see how this transitions looks on your page. You can actually have the graphic move off the page by placing your graphic off the page.


White background shows up on my fish graphics, what can I do?

You may run across some gifs this will not work on. You will just have to experiment with each graphic.

Once you have your underwater aquarium appear the way you want it, the last thing you will do is add the "Jaws" midi sound file. Right click on the sound file below and save it to your folder. Return to your power point presentation and choose insert from the standard toolbar, then select movie and sounds from the selection list, then choose sound from file. Navigate to your folder, then choose the Jaws.mid file. It will ask you if you want to play the sound automatically, select yes. A speaker should now appear on your page. You will now hide the speaker from viewers by sending it to the back, under your background graphic.

Jaws Midi Sound File

Right click on the speaker, then select order from the selection list. You want to sent the speaker icon to the back so you will choose send backward from the drop down list. Your speaker icon is now behind your ocean graphic. Save your presentation in your student folder.

FYI: If you had inserted a background instead of a gif, this would not be possible.