Note: Because this is an ongoing series, viewers will not receive a certificate of completion.
- Building standout layouts with PowerPoint Designer
- Creating engaging animations in PowerPoint and Keynote
- Using the hyperlinking feature in PowerPoint
- Using 3D models in PowerPoint
- Working with logos
- Choosing the best stock photos for your presentations
Skill Level Intermediate
- [Instructor] Hello and welcome back to Presentation Tips Weekly. This week we're going to take a look at how to make a parallax effect, and a parallax effect is something like this as you see, as our foreground is moving, we have elements in the background that are moving, we have a whole bunch of layers going on here, and it really creates this very cool effect, and it looks like it's actually some kind of movie, but it's actually just a bunch of layers. Now, this is great when you need a moment in your deck that's very special. So you wouldn't want to use a technique like this like every two slides, this is something I would put in maybe once or twice in your presentation, just something to really stand out and make your audience just say, Whoa, that's pretty cool. Something like this. I can show you how to make that. And what I'm going to do is just show you all the elements that we have here. Now, we're in Keynote, but you can also do this in PowerPoint or any other program, but I'm using Keynote because it's actually a little bit easier to do some of the photo manipulation, and I'll show you what I'm talking about. So first thing I'm going to do, I want to go ahead and make the background black so we can see things a little bit better. There we go. So now you can see we have white backgrounds on here. As you can see here, we have stuff that's actually cut out. First of all, we'll cut out our hero here. With Keynote, it makes it super easy to remove a white background. I'm just going to go over here to Instant Alpha under image. And I'm just going to go ahead and click in there. And as you can see, as I click and drag, you can see parts of the image. If I click too much, I'm losing the map there, but I'm just kind of, there, that's pretty good. And I'm just going to go ahead and click. I'm not going to get too crazy with it, but I'm just going to give you a good idea. Already we've removed the background there, it's looking pretty good. I'm going to do the same thing here with these mountains, Instant Alpha. I'm just going to take them out. Don't want to drag too much. That's good. And again, this could use more refinements, but right now we're just kind of doing this quickly so I can show you. And the trees are tricky, I'm not going to lie. This would take a long time to really get these right, but you can kind of see what I'm going for here. I'm just going to kind of try to find some more areas. Sometimes you can get lucky and get a good one. Here we go. Let's see. So you can see, this is what would take long. So let's just say that's done for now, okay? So first thing I know I'm going to do is move this kind of Paramount mountain to the back, so I'm just going to go ahead and right click it. And it's actually already to the back cause send it back is grayed out. So what I'm going to do is let me zoom out a bit here. I want to go ahead and make this really big, and I'm just going to put it in the back. I'm going to go ahead and take this mountain range here and make it also very big. I'm going to take the trees. Let's move the guy to the front so we can see what we're doing. I'm going to take the trees, make them pretty big. You can see already, we're doing pretty good. This is not looking bad at all. So I've got our guy, and let me move back in so you can see what's going on here. So now we've got our guy here with our map. We've got our trees. Let's get those trees looking a little bit better. That's looking good. The white even in the first one, it's really hard to get that white out, so that's something you might want to do in Photoshop, but still the other stuff came out pretty good. So I'm going to go ahead and go to this background layer, and I can mess with the levels a little bit. I just want it to be a little bit lighter, just to kind of give it a sense of distance there. I'm nerding out a little bit, but you get the point. So I'm going to make this guy a lot bigger, because what we want to do is have this where we're going be behind him. See it right now, this layer of text is actually behind him. So I'm going to move it out of frame. And I'm going to go to animate. And again, this is different ways to do this in PowerPoint, but you still will get the picture. So I'm going to go ahead and have this move. And we can see a little preview there, so it's not going far enough. So I'm going to have it go something like that. And I'm going to do the same thing with everybody. I'm just going to have everybody move over. Not everybody, the mountain is not a body, but you get it. I'm going to have everything move. In Keynote, for whatever reason, when you hit move, it always goes to the right. It just does that, so you just have to basically tell it where you want to go. So I'm going to have the guy move like that, and I'm going to have the mountains move like that as well. And it's going to go over to the right, but we really want it to go to the left, so I'll drag it and move it that way. Now, the whole key to this is you want the stuff in the foreground to move a lot, farther back you go, you want the other stuff to move slower. So this mountain in the back, we're going to have that move very slow. I don't think I did the trees yet. Did I do the trees? I don't think I did. So let's go ahead and do the same thing for that. Move. Yeah. And we're going to drag it back as well. I'm going to have to probably fine tune some of this because I am not sure what I have moving when. Let's see. I'll move this down a bit so we can see the crest. Perfect. And do the same thing here, move. So it's going to move all the way. So we want this to move like, a little bit. So you can see this is where it is initially. I'm just going to have it move just that much. And I'm going to see this mountain. By the way, in Keynote if you want to see your path, see this little red square here or diamond, if you click that, you can see this line here, and that brings it back up. So I'm going to have these mountains move. Not a lot, but just more than the ones in the back, right? So we want everything to move a lot more. Let's see. What does this one look like? What does our guy look like? Yeah, he's moving a lot. And the trees, what do they look like? These can move more. Okay, so now we have everything moving, and one thing I did not do, first of all, I'm going to go ahead and select all of these and have them happen with previous builds. So we want them all to happen at the same time. And I actually want these to all be a very slow build. So I'm going to make them all six seconds. I'll make the first one six seconds as well. So I'm going to go ahead and see, hopefully I did this right. We'll see how it looks, but I'm just going to play this directly without looking at it. So let's see what it looks like. No, it's not bad. That's not bad. So I can already see the first set of mountains closest moved a lot more than the trees. So you'll find, if we go ahead and go to the mountains and reduce that a lot. Oh yeah, that's a lot. So let's reduce it like that. And then let's play the trees up a lot more. Let's move the trees over like this. And here, we're going to really make those guys move. All right, let's see what it looks like now. There we go. Now you see in a short amount of time, I made that out of just a few pictures, just a little bit of ingenuity, and that's actually pretty cool. If I saw that in a presentation, I would definitely be wowed. And we did that in about five minutes. So just want you to use your imagination, and let me see what kind of stuff you come up with after seeing this tutorial. I will see you next time with more Presentation Tips Weekly.