How to Rotate 3D Objects: Advanced PowerPoint Animation Tutorial


About this 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!

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  1. 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 =)

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  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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).

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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?

  14. 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


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