How to apply animation effects to your slide in Zoho Show - User guide

Apply an Animation Effect


Give life to your slide objects: make your text, picture, shape, or other object in the slide  emerge like a meteor, spin like a ball, or even fade like a star with the animation effects. Whether you're running your demos continuously at trade shows and sales conferences, or showcasing a classroom/business presentation, animation effects make your presentation engaging, visually interesting, and more lively for your audience. You can also animate grouped objects, such as two different shapes or pictures, to let the effects apply uniformly to all the objects in the group in Zoho Show. Choosing the right effects for your object will make them speak for you.

Types of Animation Effects 

There are four types of animation effects available under ANIMATE mode in the right pane: 

  1. Entrance effects - Control how you want your object to enter the slide. 

    There are three sub types of entrance effects:
    Breeze effects are simple, gentle, and everyday effects like AppearWheel In, and Wipe. Glide effects move easily and gradually, making gliding movements on the slide, like BounceFly In, and Float In. Witty effects make quick and amusing movements on the slide, like Flip InSwivel, and Spinner.

    Entrance effects

  2. Emphasis effects -  Draw special attention to your objects by animating them within the slide.

    There are three types of emphasis effects:
    Stress effects give the object a showy appearance to emphasize its importance, like Shake, Wave, or Spin.
    Glitz effects give the object a flashy  appearance by adding color to your shape, text, or picture, like Fill Color, Contrast Color, or Darken.
    Switch effects highlight your points by changing the font's typeface, like Bold or Underline.

    Emphasis effects

  3. Exit effects  - Control how the object exits or leaves the slide.

    There are three types of exit effects:
    Breeze effects are simple and smooth effects which make the object wipe out of the slide area, like Disappear or Fade. Glide effects gather extra attention by moving out of the slide with gliding movements, like Float Out or Fly Out. Witty effects vanish from the slide with swift and funny movements like Spin and Swivel.

    Exit effects

  4. Path effects  - Draw your own custom animation paths and choose from predefined motion paths.

    There are three types of predefined motion path effects:
    Line effects make the slide objects to take linear motion paths (such as a straight line).
    Curve effects add a curvy motion path to objects.
    Squiggles effect creates a wavy motion path to objects.
    Create your own path lets you draw your own animation path to make slide objects follow the desired direction. 

    Path effects

Apply Animation Effects 

  1. Select the image, shape, or object to animate and click the ANIMATE mode on the right pane.  

  2. Select the type of animation effect you want to apply (Entrance, Emphasis, Exit or Path) and click Add Animations.

    For example, if you want your object to make an amazing entry, select Entrance, click Add Animations, and choose the desired effect from the sub-categories (Breeze, Glide, or Witty).
    Similarly, you can apply Emphasis and Exit effects to any object by choosing the desired effect from the drop-down list. 

    Animation effects

     If you think a single effect is not enough, you can apply multiple animations in the same way.  Adding multiple effects to the same object makes your presentation look more interesting.

  3. If the object has more than one effect,  each effect will be indicated with a different Animation Number (for example, number 2 for the second effect, 3 for third effect, and so on) and they will play in the same sequence as you added them. The animation will apply to the object and will be indicated by an Animation Number (Number Label). The first animation you apply will always be indicated with a number "1", the second effect with number "2", and so on.

  4. An Animation Number will appear next to every animated object on the slide, and a matching label also appears next to the effect inside the Animation Order pane.



    After you add the animation, you can perform certain functions for each animation effect added into the slide under the Animate pane. 

    Change Animation

    1. Play the animation - Click the Play button  on the effect to see what it does and how the animation appears during the slide show. 

    2. Preview the animation - Click Preview   button at the top right to have a live preview of the animations while you add or change them on the slide. You can preview all the effects on a particular slide at once using the Preview button  within Animation Order window. 

    3. Change to a different animation - Select the Animation effect and click Change Animation to choose the new effect you want to apply from a variety of effects in the drop-down list.


Edit Individual Effect's Properties

Decide how you want your animation to work on the slide, for example the direction or speed with which it should enter or leave the slide and the duration for which it should appear/stay on the slide. The effects properties can be edited to suit your requirement and each editing option varies based on the type of effect applied to the object.

Change the effect's direction

By default, every animation is set to move in a specified direction on the slide, but if needed you can change the direction of the effect based on the way you want the object to enter, move inside, or exit the slide. 

To change the direction of an effect,  
  1. Click the Directions drop down list and choose the direction in which you want the animated object to enter, move inside or exit the slide.  You can also click the Preview button to preview the change. 

    Animation direction         

Change the effect's speed/duration 

Every animation you add to the slide has a default speed, which decides how fast the animation should be on the slide. At times you may want to adjust the speed for an animation effect to match with the previous or next effect in the slide. This animation speed or duration of effect can be changed based on how fast or how slowly you want the effect to enter or play on the slide. For example, the default duration of a Fade animation is half a second, whereas for the Drop animation, it is one second. If required you can alter this speed for each effect to make it slower or faster. 

To change the speed or the duration of the effect,
  1. Use the Duration Slider or Up and Down arrows to increase or decrease the duration (number of seconds) you want to set. You can also manually enter the duration (in seconds) within the Duration text box.

    Effect duration and speed

Change animation order properties 

  1. Alter the properties of the animation effects such as Start, Duration, and Delay time by clicking the Animation Order button at the bottom. Learn how to change animation order properties.

    animation order properties


Animate attached shape 

  1. Enable Animate Attached Shape button to animate the text along with the shape to make your slide look fancier. This option is available only if your text is contained within a shape.

    Animate attached shape

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