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[Morph PowerPoint Tutorial] Beginner’s Guide to Using the Morph Transition in PowerPoint 2016

[Morph PowerPoint Tutorial] Beginner’s Guide to Using the Morph Transition in PowerPoint 2016

Anuj Malhotra

Anuj Malhotra

December 1 2016

Morph (Verb): to gradually change one image into another, or combine them, using a computer program. Cambridge Dictionary


Animation has never been this good in PowerPoint! Thanks to a new transition (yes, not an animation) effect introduced by Microsoft in PowerPoint 2016 called “Morph.” Using this transition, you can smoothly animate the movement of the objects, words and characters in your slide with just a single click!


See for yourself the magic of Morph:



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You, however, need to have PowerPoint 2016 and Office 365 subscription to use this cool feature.


What effects you can achieve with Morph:

  • Morph Objects- Move entire objects like picture, shapes, SmartArt and charts. Rotate, resize, change the colors and zoom in.
  • Morph Words- Move individual words- rotate, resize the font, change the font type, etc. But for it to work, you will have to keep the character case or capitalization the same.
  • Morph Characters- Move individual characters. Keep the character case or capitalization same for this to work.


How Morph Works

To make the Morph transition work, you need to have 2 slides with at least one object in common. Three steps are all you need to follow:


  1. Duplicate the original slide
  2. Make the changes you wish to see in the second slide (size, color, position, rotation, etc.).
  3. Apply Morph transition to the second slide


Let’s understand it with the example you saw in the video.


Original Slide- This is our original slide.

Slide showing Idea Generation Strategies


Now, as you saw in the video above, we can make this slide so much more interesting with the Morph transition. We want all the puzzle pieces to flow into the slide and fit together seamlessly to form the human brain. Let us show you how we did it and how you can do the same for your slide:


Step 1: Duplicate the Slide

Right click on the original slide and choose the Duplicate Slide option. You can even use the shortcut Ctrl + D to duplicate the slide.


Duplicate the Slide


Step 2- Make Changes to the Object

Usually, you need to make changes in the duplicate slide (slide 2)- resize, rotate, zoom in, etc. But since over here, we want the puzzle pieces to fly into the slide and fit together, we will have to make them disappear from slide 1 (original slide). So, move to slide 1 and move the objects out of the slide.


Move objects out of the slide


To avoid any confusion, always remember- Slide 2 will be the morphed slide, the slide you want to finally see.


Step 3- Apply Morph Transition to the 2nd Slide

Now, apply the magic tool to the second slide. Locate the Morph transition under the Transitions tab. A star icon will appear next to the thumbnail of the second slide indicating that a transition has been applied.


Morph transition in PowerPoint 2016


That’s it. Play the slideshow and watch the slide morph beautifully! Play it in reverse and watch the action unfold backwards. Super cool!   


Taking Morph Forward:

As you saw in our morph video, we further used the PowerPoint transition to create even more magic with this slide. Here’s what we did:


Zoom in, zoom out, rotate, move slide object:

Now that we have brought all puzzle pieces together to show Idea Generation Strategies, let us zoom in on to one particular puzzle piece/strategy. To achieve that, steps will remain the same:


  • Duplicate the Slide (slide 2)
  • On slide 3, move all puzzle pieces except one out of the slide (see screenshot below).
  • Increase the size of the puzzle piece remaining on the slide
  • Ensure Morph transition is applied to the third slide too


Zoom in on an object using Morph


Now, when you play the slideshow, the puzzle pieces will move out of the slide while the one on the slide (morphological analysis) will zoom in creating a spectacular effect! You can take this forward in the next slides by moving out one puzzle piece and bringing in another. The total effect is a seamless experience that every viewer will enjoy!


Morphing Individual Letters on Your Slide

You can also morph the characters in your slide to create a magical effect and highlight the most important words in your presentation. Check out how the morph transition looks when applied to characters in the video below:




How to Apply Morph Transition to Characters

The steps are the same as applying morph to objects, except one additional step.


Step 1 (same)- Duplicate the slide

Here’s your original slide:

Original Text Slide


Duplicate this slide using Ctrl + D shortcut and alter the text in the duplicate slide. You can change the color, size of the font, its direction, etc. Here’s your duplicate slide:

Duplicate text slide


Step 2 (same)- Apply the Morph Transition

Select the duplicate slide and apply Morph transition to it from the Transitions tab. However, this won’t result in any morphing. So, you need to apply step 3 below.


Step 3- Choose ‘Characters’ from Effect Options

Locate the Effect Options menu from the Transitions tab (see the screenshot below). By default, PowerPoint selects the Objects option whenever a Morph transition is applied. If you want to morph characters, select the Characters option and you’re done!


Effect Options for Morph Transition


Why is Morph PowerPoint Transition So Amazing:

The simplicity with which Morph does all the animations might make it appear as just another animation. But that exactly is the biggest strength of this transition- it is so damn simple.


Imagine trying to achieve that same effect with the Motion Path animation. I tried doing that but quickly gave up. You’ll find yourself asking “What’s the starting point, where should I end it” and even if after spending umpteen minutes, you managed to crack that, the effect will be a jerky start and a jerky end. You’ll feel like a complete jerk by the end of the exercise. Here’s proof of my toil with the motion path animation:


Using Motion Path animation


Crazy, right? How easy Morph had made!


What about animating characters as you saw in the second video? How will that even be possible with motion path or some other animation?


So, is Morph the perfect PowerPoint transition? No, here are its strengths and limitations:


Strengths of Morph PowerPoint Transition:

  1. It is a big time-saver!
  2. Does away with all manual work and trial and error of applying motion path or other animations.
  3. Smoothly animates all movements of objects, words and slides. No jerks!
  4. Used wisely, looks very professional and creates audience interest.

Limitations of Morph PowerPoint Transition:

First of all, it is not a substitute to earlier animations. It complements them. You can say it is a powerful tool in your arsenal, a very powerful one. But since this is the first version of the feature, it has some limitations such as:


  1. It leads to increase in number of slides and naturally, the file size.
  2. Only duration can be changed in this transition. 2 second is the default duration. You can alter the duration to speed up the movement or slow it down.
  3. You cannot morph objects and characters simultaneously.
  4. It does not work if you change the shape altogether; say from rectangle to circle or if you use Edit Points to alter the shape. You can only rotate, resize, recolor, etc.


As you get your hands on this feature, you will find what more can be done with it. But one thing is sure: It’s a great tool and offers endless possibilities. Imagination is the limit when it comes to the use of this tool.


Excited to try it out? Presently, you need to have PowerPoint 2016 and Office 365 subscription. If you want to create a video using this cool effect but do not have it, then let our Professional PowerPoint Designers do the work for you.  


Stay tuned for more insights and tutorials, and cool illustrations using this feature! Do share your feedback in the comments below.


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36 thoughts on “[Morph PowerPoint Tutorial] Beginner’s Guide to Using the Morph Transition in PowerPoint 2016”
  1. Paul Zikopoulos
    Paul Zikopoulos
    Good article. I find some issues around if objects are grouped, so I guess they can't be groups which can be frustrating. Can you make available the PPTX for above?
    1. slideteam
      Yes sure Paul. Glad you liked the article. :)
  2. Cherub
    Interesting. Will try it. Thank you.
    1. slideteam
      Our pleasure, Cherub! Yes, do try it out and share with us your experience. :)
  3. Dan Gasparrini
    I spend my time teaching older adults how to actually USE their computer to produce something of value to them. This apparently easy-to-use software will add another dimension to the "Oh my!" attribute that characterizes this population of learners. Let me add it to the 'Mix' and play with some presentations.
  4. Dan Gasparrini
    I spend my time teaching older adults how to actually USE their computer to produce something of value to them. This apparently easy-to-use add-in will add yet another dimension to the "Oh my!" attribute that characterizes this population of learners. Let me add it to the 'Mix' and play with some presentations.
    1. slideteam
      You are right Dan. This is definitely an "Oh My" feature that will help learners create amazing stuff quickly and without too many complications.
  5. Revis Bell
    Love it, so, where do you find the types of images such as the brain with separate parts?
    1. slideteam
      Hi Ravis, we used one of our designs to elaborate on this feature. You can download this one as well diagrams like these from these links- , , , . Hope these are helpful. :)
  6. Jeff
    This is a great feature - thanks for your post.

    Can you publish for download / send me the deck that you used in your example?

    1. slideteam
      Yes sure Jeff, we will send you the same. Glad you liked the post!
  7. Dora Grigorova
    Hi. I have the newest version of Office but do not have morph transition. My Office is up to date - just checked.
    1. slideteam
      Hi Dora, the new Morph and Zoom effects are only available if one has the paid Office 365 subscription. It is not available in PowerPoint 2016, even if it is paid.
  8. Ronit
    Cool! Thank you for letting us know about this new feature!
    1. slideteam
      Our pleasure Ronit! Glad you liked the article. :)
  9. Judith
    Haven't been aware of this function before. Thanks for this interesting article. Would it be possible to receive the example file?
    1. slideteam
      Hi Judith, glad you liked the article. Yes, we'll send you the example file.
  10. Amy Dickson
    Loved the article. I've used morph already, but this was a great overview to highlight how powerful it can be. And I'd like to get the files you used for this example, as well. Thanks much! And happy holidays!
    1. slideteam
      Yes Amy, will send over the files to you. Glad you liked our article. Happy Holidays to you too. :)
  11. Faheem
    That's wonderful
    how can i download this for free?
    1. slideteam
      Hi Faheem, will send over the file used in the presentation to you. No worries. :)
  12. Mahbooburrehman
    Excellent tool for making PPT more powerful.
    Keep it up MS office team Well done.
    1. slideteam
      You are right, this is a powerful feature introduced by MS Office.
  13. Don Johnson
    I tried the Morph, but had a white screen flash between the two images, so it really didn't work. Would you please send me your brain sample, so I can see your settings and compare to mine?
    1. slideteam
      Sure Don! Hope our sample helps you solve that problem.
  14. Ayman Dallal
    It's a very interesting article. I started my morph ideas just recently however your examples give more perspective to the whole concept. I'd like to get the files you used for this example, as well. how can i download this for free?
    Thanks you!
  15. Ayman Dallal
    Very interesting article. already started using Morph functionality but need more practice. I'd like to get the files you used for this example, as well. How can I download them for free. Thanks you!
    1. slideteam
      Hi Ayman, we will send over the file to you, no worries! Thanks, glad you liked it. :)
  16. Danielle imbeault
    Danielle imbeault
    thank you for sharing- !
    1. slideteam
      Our pleasure, Danielle! Glad you liked it. :)
  17. Pam Grossmann
    Pam Grossmann
    This is an excellent tutorial about this new feature. I followed the steps but am getting a white flash frame at the end of the animations? Is there any way you can send me 1 of the tutorial files so that I can look at the settings?

    Thank you
    1. slideteam
      Hi Pam, surely we'll send you one of the files. Hope it helps you to find what is causing that problem. Glad you liked the tutorial. :)
  18. April Barrow
    Loved this feature and tried it out in our new O365, but getting the same flash frame and no animation. Any idea or would you mind sending your file to compare to our config?
    thank you -
    1. slideteam
      Hi April, yes we will send over the file. Hope you are able to sort out the issue.
  19. joseph
    i can use morph effect in power point 2016, but in power point 2016 that effect is nothing..
    can u give me template power point use morph effect?

    1. slideteam
      Hi Joseph, we will send you our morph slide. There's a lot you can do with Morph. If you face any problems, let us know.
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