How to Rotate 3D Objects: Advanced PowerPoint Animation Tutorial




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This is a tutorial for how to animate 3D shapes in Microsoft PowerPoint. You can use this with a variety of different shapes — from drawing objects to photos, etc. Basically, the idea is to create layers like a flipbook, with each one rotated slightly in order to create the illusion of rotation. Lots of room for creativity – would love to see what you come up with!

You can now get written step-by-step instructions and download some working files at my new blog here:

How To Rotate 3D Shapes With PowerPoint Animations

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49 thoughts on “How to Rotate 3D Objects: Advanced PowerPoint Animation Tutorial

    mohamed waseel abdul azeez

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    can i contact you pls bcoz i want some tackniks abt 3d rotation and other tutorialn question pls

    mohamed waseel abdul azeez

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    THANKS A LOT FOR YOUR TUTORIAL REALLY REALLY HELPED ME. and i want for rotating 3d object like cone and circular based prism. as iam an educator involve in mathematics.

    Kurt Elliott

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Wow, pretty cool !

    Nicholas Bloxxer

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Now what kind of sorcery….

    Fernando Ferreira

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Olá Lia. Agradeço a gentileza de partilhar tão belo trabalho, vai servir para os meus alunos e Eu evoluirmos. Grato, bjs.

    LAXMIKANT MISHRA

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    THANKS A LOT …………………………………GOOD ONE………………

    L Nicole

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Thanks for the awesome video! was really useful in making cuboids and cubes. But how can this work for 3D rotating cone?

    Crystal Harris

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Your are very good. Thanks for sharing.

    Scott Parsons

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Hey nice video it helped a lot. But could it be done where there is 1 picture on each side of the cube and still spin?. I am trying to make a tardis (doctor who) come in the seen and spin but i can't get it to have to tardis picture on all of the sides. If you know how to do this if you could please let me know that would be great =)

    GCP GCP

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    hey i like u!

    Tarushi Sharma

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    wow , can u tell me the version of ppt u have used

    rafik T

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    very handy the same as every video

    Curtis Oliver

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Can you get a spinning animation to loop so i can get a 360 degree animation and be able to add in other effects on the same slide? Good Video

    MS Deepan Arun

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

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    Jeehyoung Kim

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    thank you veru much. very helpful

    Iczxs Castillo

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Hi. Can I make a picture 3D? Like for example I cropped a picture and remove its background because I only want the object. How can I make it 3D? Without using shapes?

    Hamed Mahmood

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    great tutorial. is there any way of importing 3d models into the powerpoint and then create animation?

    Kevin Goode (Evolutionary Pictures)

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Enjoy all your work…

    Didier Mathieu Kézerli

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Great tutorial, I used to work with Adobe Illustrator CS5 and CS6 (the layer concept are fundamental for Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign) to create and design 3-D objects, now that I learned your interesting tutorial I got alternative an option. Thank you for sharing you knowledge and skills.

    PowerPoint Spice

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Yes, you're right. And in my next video I'll show a few of my favorite features in PPT 2013 — but new animation options are low on my list, as I think they could have added a lot more than they did.

    Cesar Arango

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Thank you so much for the quick reply. Yes, I have been looking for rotating text boxes and have found nothing. Cube and text are always separate. You would think the new ppt 2013 would have something, but nada.

    PowerPoint Spice

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Thank you! Regarding your other question, you would need to make the words separate text boxes with the same angle as the sides (because you can only write inside the front panel). You can then still do the rotation but it will take a lot of patience because you'll have to rotate the words separately from the cube, group, and then layer. You can make it easier by just rotating sideways and not showing the top plane. Not aware of any such app right now (not impressed with any ppt web apps yet).

    PowerPoint Spice

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    There's no way to do it continuously, unfortunately. For more rotations, you first need to put enough layers for the object to get back to its original position. Then, you can copy all the layers and paste exactly on top of the original layers to create a loop (doubling your layers). You can do this as many times as you want, which might be enough, but with too many layers your PPT will slow down/crash. If you have PPT 2010+, you can also export to video then embed into the slide with a loop.

    Cesar Arango

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Question: Can I add text to the other panels? Or will it only work for the front? I am trying to create a word cube. If not, what app can you recommend? Thanks again.

    Cesar Arango

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Nice. Thank you. And by the way, very pretty. 🙂

    PowerPoint Spice

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Hi there – thank you for your comment! This is a pretty complicated animation that you're going for. If you just want to open a box, I would do it the way it's shown in my hinge video, where you just have the top side of the box open. If you really want to do 4 pieces, then you will have to do 4 (or 5) separate hinge effects for the different sides. It can be done but will take quite a bit of time (and patience!) to do. Another simpler way is to have a fade effect between open/closed position.

    Alejandro Daniele

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Hi, thanks again for such didactic videos. I’m at my wits’ end. I just want to create an unfolding box effect. Starting with one square and making 4 squares open: 1 on each side, 1 above and 1 below. I watched two of your videos and I can’t figure it out. Could you help me? Thanks – Alex-Argentina

    PowerPoint Spice

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    You can add it to the front panel of the shape (similar to the rainbow question mark rotation in this video), if it's a basic shape like a cube that you made yourself in PPT. Just click on the front to get the text box displayed and start typing.

    LetsPlay Bookie

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Hi PowerPoint Spice. Question: is there anyway to add text onto the surface of the 3D shape, so that the text moves with the shape?

    PowerPoint Spice

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Thanks so much! The "reveal effect" video (the one with the tower picture) is the one that shows you a workaround for how to remove a background in PPT 2007.

    Segla Segla

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Wow, this is really interesting. I watched the pop up video, looking for the 2007version. you are a GEM

    PowerPoint Spice

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Thank you!

    Hussein Barakat

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    nice video

    PowerPoint Spice

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    I'm not sure I fully understand the question. You mean in between the different shapes in the intro section? I just used a fade transition between the slides.

    Ding Neng

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    erm what animations of entrance and exit did u use!!! teach me pls~~~

    PowerPoint Spice

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Thank you! My goal is to inspire people to be more creative with PPT, so I'm always glad to hear that.

    Devlin Canrius

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    My gosh! You're so GOOD! Thanks for the videos! Really surprise and inspire me. Thank you very much

    Nana Marfo

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    when I did this on 2007 when I took flash once animation away and throughout It stayed

    PowerPoint Spice

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    I just like to play around with PPT to see what new/cool effects can be done. I also get inspiration from seeing animations in advertising and other videos that were made in After Effects. I always think "Is there a way to do this in PPT? There must be!" and experiment until I either give up or succeed. Thanks for watching!

    PowerPoint Spice

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Thanks for watching and commenting! Glad it was helpful.

    PowerPoint Spice

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Sometimes the flicker happens with me as well. In this case, there are several things you can do. Sometimes this is a result of your computer being overloaded, so try saving and restarting the program or restarting your computer. If it still does that, then you can try to other option for the effect (using appear/disappear animations), which will definitely not give you the flicker. Good luck!

    Surendran Neelakantan

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Hi , Like this, however , I am not able to achieve the smooth effect , it just flickering while moving , could you upload a sample somewhere ?

    MonzProductions

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Awesome!

    PowerPoint Spice

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Wonderful to hear – thanks for watching!

    Myrslokstok

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    Nice with some one that know something new, thanks.

    PowerPoint Spice

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    That's great to hear, and thanks for watching! Can you elaborate on what you mean by "duplicating objects across multiple slides" ? My video on Kinetic Typography (the one with the words in the thumbnail) shows how "layering slides" or duplicating objects from one slide to the next can achieve some pretty complex-looking effects. Is that perhaps what you mean?

    slidenerd

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    thank you very much miss powerpoint spice, you have been a major source of learning for me since my powerpoint based vids on my channel use animations a lot, i would really appreciate if you can make a vid that explains what different effects can be achieved by duplicating objects across multiple slides

    PowerPoint Spice

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    You are welcome! Thanks for watching, and good luck with it. It's a fun technique to use.

    Geisthunter

    (August 15, 2016 - 5:36 am)

    I might try this on one of my animations. Thanks for the tutorial! 😀

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