How To Zoom Into Your Picture in PowerPoint

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Learn to create a focused zoom for photos in PowerPoint. Follow our simple step by step instructions to get more out of your graphics in business presentations.

Here is the focused zoom effect in PowerPoint you will learn today:


You can use the effect to focus on…

  • Certain part of a map
  • Certain step in a process
  • Certain person in a group photo etc.

Let us see how to achieve the effect in a step by step way…

Step 1: Decide the part you want to focus on

The first step after sticking a picture on your slide is to decide the area you want to focus on. Draw a circle around the area. Remove the shape fill and color the outline as white for easy recognition.
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Go to custom animation and let the white circle have an entrance animation called ‘Wheel’. Choose the number of spokes as 1. This forms the first part of the animation we want to create.

Step 2: Make a copy of the part you want to focus

The main idea in this step is to make a copy of the flower and place it right on top of the flower picture in the background. For this, make a copy of the photo. Using the ‘crop’ tool crop the photo till the four sides touch the edge of the white circle.
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We don’t want this cropped image to be a square. We want it to be a circle. For this we need to make a copy of the white circle, remove animation and fill it with the picture of the flower.

So, first ‘copy’ the cropped photo. This puts the piece in the clipboard memory.

Go to the copied white circle and Right click to go to ‘Format shape’ dialog box. Go to Fill -> Picture or texture fill -> Clipboard. This fills the shape with the cropped photo. Remove outline.

Increase the transparency of the circular flower image to position it in the right place on top of the background picture. Get the transparency back to 0%.
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Now, we have a picture in the background, a hollow white circle with ‘wheel’ animation and a circle with the photo of flower placed on top of the flower picture in the background.

Related: Transparent PowerPoint Sphere tutorial

Step 3: Apply ‘Grow/ Shrink’ animation

Click on the circle with flower image. First apply the entrance effect called ‘Appear’ let the start be ‘after previous’. Click on the flower image once again and add ‘Grow/Shrink’ animation to make it grow to 150%. Let the speed be ‘Fast’. Let the start be ‘after previous’.

Now you can play the animation. Here is the sequence of what will happen:

First, the hollow white circle appears with wheel animation to mark the area being zoomed in

The picture of flower then ‘appears’ and ‘grows’ to 150%

This creates the zoom effect in PowerPoint you saw at the start of this tutorial.
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Isn’t the effect interesting? Once you learn the base technique, you can improvise on the method to suit your need.

If you have an issue with the quality of photos when using ‘grow’ animation, see this article for a solution.

Variations of zoom effect in PowerPoint

It takes a lot of time and effort to create professional quality custom animated slides for your business slides. Most business presenters don’t have the time to create such high-quality slides for themselves. That’s why we came up with this ‘750+ Advance Animated Templates for PowerPoint’.

Here is a variation of picture animation from the pack…

Here is an interesting variation where we have used a ‘snapshot’ effect to showcase images.

Source:  Graphics from Advance Animated Templates for PowerPoint

You can browse through the various animations in the Advance Animated Pack by clicking on the link above.

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