These days, gifs seem nearly as popular as words, popping up in everything from text messages to emails to online courses. That being said, including gifs in your presentation is a great way to add visual interest and a bit of humor to make it more engaging for your audience.
If you’re not a technology buff and have no idea how to go about making a gif of your own, don’t sweat it. You can actually make one easily by using the presentation software most of us are already familiar with: PowerPoint. Here’s how:
Step 1: Open a new, blank presentation and delete the title page boxes
Step 2: Create a new box using the rectangle tool—this will be the shape and size of your gif, so adjust the dimensions to how you want your gif to look.
Step 3: Select Shape Fill to change the background color to anything you’d like
Step 4: Select Shape Outline to change the color of the shape’s outline to anything you’d like
Step 5: Insert the first part of the text or image you’d like to animate in gif form
Step 6: Right-click on your slide in the lefthand panel and select Duplicate Slide
Step 7: Enter the next part of the text or image in the second slide
Step 8: Do this with as many slides as you need to complete the sentence you want to animate
Step 9: When you’re finished, select File > Save as > Select the location you want to save the file
Step 10: Click on Save as type then select GIF Graphics Interchange Format
Step 11: Click Save then select All slides when you’re prompted
Step 12: Go to the website: gifmaker.me
Step 13: Click on Upload images, locate the gif file you just saved and select all of its images
Step 14: Adjust the speed and size to your liking
Step 15: Click Create Now then Download GIF image
Congrats! You just created your own custom gif, you tech genius, you!
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