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The Morph Transition with iSpring

4 minutes

Starting with version 8.5, iSpring PPT-to-HTML5 tools support the PowerPoint Morph transition. iSpring is the first e-Learning authoring tool which converts this complex effect into web-friendly format. Morph is not just an attention grabber, it provides a new visual means to explain complex things easily.

How It Works

Morph was introduced in MS Office 365 and is currently available only there.

Morph makes creation of smooth transitions fast and easy and allows you to direct viewers’ attention to certain objects on slides. You just create a copy of your original slide, change the objects’ position and apply the effect, and PowerPoint beautifully visualizes that change. Morph can be applied to shapes, images, SmartArt objects and charts as well as to words and characters.

5 Creative Ways to Use Morph

Morph can be used in an endless variety of ways, and you can change one or several parameters: position, color, size or shape of objects to create eye-catching effects.

Move Objects

Using Morph, you can change an object’s position on a slide far faster than with the familiar Motion Paths. It can be a real time saver when you have multiple objects on a slide and setting motion paths for each one would take hours. For example, you can move puzzle pieces:

Change Color

If you have two objects of different colors on two slides, Morph will gradually change the color from one to another.

Zoom In and Out

Morph can be a great substitute for the Grow/Shrink animations. You can smoothly zoom out or switch to a close-up view to emphasize objects in your presentation.

Play on Words

Morph can help if you have a table of contents in your presentation: switching from the table to chapters can be performed in an engaging way.

Rearrange Characters

Have characters in the word rearranged to create an anagram effect.

How Does iSpring Treat Morph?

Morph Works Only with HTML5
iSpring doesn’t support Morph when publishing to Flash. To keep Morph transitions intact, please select HTML5+Flash or HTML5 output.

iSpring Supports Only Object Transformations
At the moment, iSpring supports Morph when it’s applied to objects (shapes, images, SmartArt objects and charts), and if Morph is applied to words or characters, the original effect will be replaced with Fade. To preserve the transformation of words and characters, you can convert your presentation to video.

Syncing Morph with Audio or Video Narration
Use the Narration Editor in iSpring Suite or iSpring Presenter to have video or audio play in sync with the transition after publishing.

How to Use Morph with Objects

  1. Add a shape or any other object to a slide.

  2. Create a copy of the slide: right-click on the slide thumbnail and select Duplicate Slide in the context menu.

  3. On the second slide you can:

    • Move an object to a new position. You can even take it beyond the slide borders, so that it looks as if the object flies away. Similarly, place the object beyond the borders of the first slide, and then put it in the center of the second one to create a flying in effect.

    • Select an object and rotate it using the Rotate handle.

      Moving a PowerPoint Shape around with the Rotate handle

    • Grow or shrink the object by dragging its corners

      Resizing a Shape in PowerPoint

  4. Select both of your slides in the Thumbnail Pane, go to the Transitions and click on Morph. Then you will see how the transition looks. If you’d like to view it once again, click Preview.

    The Preview button in PowerPoint

  5. Apply Morph to the next slides if necessary. In the periodic table demo, the “elements” were transferred to the table one by one: we duplicated each subsequent slide and added the next element there.

  6. To have the Morph effect preserved after publishing with iSpring, select HTML5+Flash or HTML5 output in the Publish presentation window.

    Publishing a presentation with the Morph transition

Tips on Using the Morph Transition

It may seem that Morph works so well that it can be used whenever you need to move an object or change its appearance.  However, Morph is not always an option:

  • Morph is still a transition, not an animation, so you have to have two slides to apply it.

  • When moving an object, Morph always selects the shortest possible path between two objects. If you’d like the object to follow a specific path from point A to point B, the best choice would be to use one of the Motion Path animations.

  • If you changed several objects, Morph will be applied to all of them simultaneously. If you want the objects to change their position one by one, you can break the sequence down to several slides and apply Morph to all of them.