The Power of Dynamic PowerPoint Pan Transition Effect

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Sometimes the information you want to present spreads beyond one slide. For example, an excel spreadsheet you stuck on the slide has too many columns to fit into one slide.  A map you placed on the slide is too big to be shown on one slide. If you force yourself to show the image in one page (by shrinking the size of the map), the details get too small to be clearly visible to the audience in the last row.

How do you overcome the situation? Fortunately, PowerPoint has an answer. You can cut a large image into multiple parts and place each part on different slides. You can then use a Dynamic content transition called ‘Pan’ effect to pan across the image. Here is a simple example of what ‘Pan’ transition looks like:

Let us see how to create the ‘Pan and Zoom’ effect in a step by step way. We will use the following ‘World Metro Map’ image to illustrate the steps:

Example map to show transitionWhen you place the image on a single slide, you will not be able to read the name of the cities clearly. So we follow these steps…

Cut the original image into pieces:

First, make a copy of the image. Place the images one above the other. Ensure that the images are perfectly aligned one on top of the other.

Duplicate Map ImageDraw a straight line along the center to serve as a visual guide to crop the images into 2 equal halves:

Visual Guide for Cropping MapUse the ‘Crop’ tool to cut the image into two halves:

Crop Map for TransitionYou can find the ‘Crop’ tool in the ‘Format’ tab of PowerPoint ribbon. You have to click on the image to activate the ‘Format’ tab.

Related: Ideas to explore a Map in your slide

Arrange the two parts of the map:

Next, arrange the two parts of the images in such a way that the edges touch the right and left edges of consecutive slides as shown below:

Arrange 2 Parts of Map for TransitionI have added a red border along the left and right edges of slides 1 and 2 respectively, to make it easy for you to follow the effect.

Apply the Pan transition:

Select the second slide. Go to the ‘Transitions tab’ in PowerPoint ribbon. Browse the options under ‘Dynamic Content’ and select ‘Pan’ transition effect.

Dynamic Pan EffectIn the ‘Transitions to this slide’ group you will find ‘Effect Options’ drop down menu. When you click on it the following options open up:

Effect options for Pan TransitionSelect the option called ‘From Right’. The pan effect is now ready.

Creating variations of PowerPoint Pan Transition:

You can apply pan transition effect to move from left, right, up or down. But, make sure that you arrange the edges of the images in such a way that the consecutive slides flow into each other seamlessly. That way, you can show fairly large images, maps or spread sheets in clear detail.

Stunning Dynamic Transition Effect in PowerPoint:

Learn to create a Stunning Dynamic Transition Effect in PowerPoint. You can use this transition to move across your slides in your presentation in a seamless way.
Using the regular Push transition does not work well in certain cases. In such cases, you can use the power of Dynamic transition.

Related: How to animate Excel charts in PowerPoint

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