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Even your holiday-indifferent friends have got to love the novelty of the year's shortest day.
December 21, 2010, marks the day of the year with the fewest hours of daylight for those living north of the Tropic of Cancer. Less daylight, naturally, means more time for nightlife! That's something to celebrate, in my book. To commemorate the day, I made a fun, twinkly card to email to my friends. And I'll guide you, step-by-step, to show you how to make it. Here's a video of how it will look when you're done:
First, download this image from Office.com. Now you're ready to add the twinkles. Here's how:
...And so on for each of the animated stars. Basically, you want the Grow & Turn of the next star to occur at the beginning of the looped Grow/Shrink & Pulse of the previous.
Then, add your greeting this way:
Tip #1: If you get lost, just select an animation in the Animation Pane and open the Effect Options dialog box. All of the settings that you need are there.
Tip #2: If someone on your recipient list doesn't have PowerPoint, have them install the free PowerPoint Viewer to view your card.
-- Kristin Beck, for the PowerPoint blog team
Seriously??? You call that Animated? That was weak. No animation, other than some twinkling stars and a scrolling text box.
This was a pretty simple animation scheme, you're right. We wanted to provide something that was easy to put together on fairly short notice (since this post came out on 12/20, and the solstice was the next day), and that customers with varying levels of expertise could use, without having to go through too many steps to get their message out.
For some really cool, free templates - animated and otherwise - we have over 120 posted at office2010.microsoft.com/.../CT010336615.aspx. Download one, and use it right away, or note the reproduction steps in each templates Notes pane in PowerPoint. These templates were designed by ace designer and PowerPoint MVP Julie Terberg.
You can find out more and even see a cool video that uses the templates here: blogs.office.com/.../watch-ppt157-everything-in-this-video-is-a-powerpoint-template.aspx.
Take a look and let us know what you think.
This was a pretty simple animation scheme, great ！
I am so sorry but you lost me at *step 28. There are 6 groups of animations. Where did the seventh come from? What exactly are you referring to?
mzle22 -- Thanks for that catch. I must have been blinded by the lunar eclipse. On *step 29 (not *28), it should refer to the 4th, 5th, and 6th animations.
**UPDATE: We have changed *step 29 to reflect the correct instructions. Thanks again.