How to Create Animated Infographics Using PowerPoint
Infographics can help you spread important ideas. They can simplify information that would otherwise be difficult to consume, attracting visual learners in seconds. Throughout this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create and animate infographics using PowerPoint. In doing so, we will be recreating an animated pyramid graphic that is included in this bundle:
Here’s the animated infographic we’ll learn how to create today:
Step 1: Create a Rectangle
Let’s start by creating a simple rectangle with rounded corners. In a brand new PowerPoint slide, go to Insert → Shapes → Rectangle → Rounded Corners and drag the sizing handles to modify the shape.
Step 2: Add Dimension
Time to add dimension with a linear gradient. I will use the standard color palette from the bundle (which you’ll find under “Theme Colors”) and the specific gradient settings are shown below. Apply a dark blue on extreme sides and a lighter blue in the middle.
Step 3: Create a Shimmer Effect
To make this graphic more realistic, we need to add a little shimmer. To do so, create an ellipse and set the gradient type as “Path”. Select a light blue that fades off to a much lighter one. Then make sure to set the transparency of your lighter blue color to 100%. Finally, place the shimmer ellipse on top of the original shape.
With that, we’re done with our first step in the pyramid. Now we need to create five more.
Step 4: Create Rounded Corners
Unlike Illustrator, creating a triangle with rounded corners in PowerPoint is tricky. You essentially hack your way into it by drawing a triangle and placing circles in each corner.
Then go to Insert → Shapes → Freeform → Shape and draw any shape by connecting the points of contact between the circle and the triangle.
Now select the triangle and our freeform shape and go to Format → Merge Shapes → Subtract.
Repeat this action with the other two corners:
Select all the circles and the triangle and go to Format → Merge Shapes → Union. These steps allowed us to essentially recreate Illustrator’s rounded corners tool for polygons.
Step 5: Add Shadows
To make our pyramid more realistic, let’s add a shadow to each element separately.
Step 6: Draw Label Containers
Now we need to draw the shapes that will contain our step labels. Draw a rectangle and modify its shape using the Edit Points feature. Make sure the height of the rectangle is equal to the height of the pyramid ring.
Next, draw the remaining label containers applying the same gradient you’re using for the pyramid ring next to each. Each line should be shorter than the previous one.
This is what your pyramid should look like at this point:
Step 7: Designing a Ball
As you can see, there’s a striped ball next to the base of the pyramid. To create it, draw 3 circles and place them as shown below. The two lower circles are of the same diameter, while the top circle is slightly larger. Select the middle circle, then the topmost one, and go to Format → Merge Shapes → Subtract.
Now add dimension by using a radial gradient as pictured below:
Step 8: Insert Text
It’s time to add your text and icons. At this point, our infographic is ready to be animated.
To make elements easier to animate, let’s group our shapes strategically: rings, lines, ball, doodle icons, medical icons, and text. This will allow us to animate all elements within each group at once.
Step 9: Animate the Pyramid’s Rings
Let’s get started with the pyramid’s rings. We want to make them fall from above one by one. To achieve this effect, select the lowest item and go to Animation → Add Animation → Fly In. Make sure to set the direction so that the shapes fall from above. This can be done in Effect Options. We’re using the following settings for the first shape:
- Duration – 01,00
- Bounce end – 0,67
- In the Timing tab set Start Value as With Previous.
While most settings will be the same for every step, we want each ring to fall with a 0.25-second delay in relation to the previous one. Therefore, let’s set a delay of 0.25 for the second ring, 0.5 for the third ring, and so on. This value should be 1.50 seconds for the last item of the pyramid.
This is what the animated pyramid should look like right now. We can easily set up entrance effects for every shape, as needed.
Step 10: Animate Labels
Let’s tackle label animations next. Start from the bottom label and apply the same Animation → Add Animation → Fly In effect, but with different settings. In this case, lines will fly in from the left. The first line will enter the slide with a delay set at 0.25 seconds. For each subsequent line, add a delay time of 0.25 seconds (o.5 for the second, 0.75 for the third, etc).
Again, the delay should be set at 1.5 seconds for the last line.
Step 11: Animate the Ball
To animate the ball, we will use Animation → Add Animation → Bounce. You can choose any entrance time for your ball. I chose to display it closer to the end of the animation, setting the delay value to 1.25 seconds.
Step 12: Animate Text and Icons
Using the same principles, animate all remaining text and icons. I used the Zoom effect for the text labels and doodle icons, and Fly In for all medical icons. Each subsequent element is set to have a 0.25-second delay.
The final result
Our final result should look like this. Animations have no clear rules. You can experiment with any effects until you find your own style that you like.
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