How to Create a Whiteboard Animation in PowerPoint

Did you know that you can make interesting whiteboard animations in PowerPoint? Here’s how.

Microsoft PowerPoint is a powerful tool that allows you to create all kinds of presentations. You probably already know how to use it to create static slides.

However, you may not realize that you can also use it to create whiteboard animations. Even if you do, you probably don’t know how to create whiteboard animations in PowerPoint on your own.

Whiteboard animations such as handwritten or hand-drawn content or characters appear on the whiteboard in real time. You may have seen it in ads and tutorials. In this article, you will learn how to create a whiteboard animation in PowerPoint.

What you need to create a whiteboard animation in PowerPoint

Whiteboard animations are not created in a vacuum. To create one, you will need the following tools:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint is installed on your computer.
  • The writing or image you want to animate. Images with transparent backgrounds are preferred.
  • Pre-recorded narration of the text if you are creating a video.
  • A few minutes of your time to follow the next steps.

Having said that, now let’s dive into creating your first whiteboard animation in PowerPoint.

Create your first whiteboard animation in PowerPoint

In this tutorial, we will create a whiteboard animation of a hand writing on the whiteboard. This should be easy and fun. Heres how to do it.

First, create an animated text

  1. Open PowerPoint on the desktop.
  2. Enter your preferred text in the text box area on the slide. If this is your first whiteboard animation, you can write “first whiteboard animation in PowerPoint” or something like that.
  3. To make it look like real human handwriting, we recommend changing the font to something more natural. So, go ahead and do it.

  4. Now it’s time to animate the text. To do this, select the text and tap animation tab in the ribbon area.
  5. Click He appears, But this will make all text appear at once.
  6. To make the text appear letter by letter, tap Animation part.
  7. From the Animation pane in the right sidebar, click on the “Title” dropdown menu and select Effect Options.

  8. From the dialog, click move text drop down menu and select by message.
  9. Now, set the delay between characters to, for example, 0.1 seconds. click OK When you finish.

  10. Click on play from… A button in the animation pane to preview the animated text.

Next, add the hand that is writing

To add the writing hand:

  1. Click on Insertion tab in the ribbon.
  2. Click Picturesthen tap this device… Or wherever your photo is.
  3. Add a hand image with a pen that you downloaded or created earlier. Remember when we said it should have a transparent background? Could you Get royalty-free images from these sites and then Use any of these tools to remove photo backgrounds.
  4. Select the hand and click on animation tab in the ribbon area.
  5. Click Add animation under Animation part.

  6. Drag the slider down on the right panel and tap custom path.
  7. Now trace the outline of the text to determine the path of the hand to navigate. Single-line texts are easier to keep track of. Tracking multiple lines requires some effort.
  8. Once you are done tracing, the hand will start tracing the text automatically. Make sure it aligns with the text to look as natural as possible. If it’s moving too fast, you can slow it down a bit.

  9. Click on picture … drop down menu in Animation part and choose timing for the specific animation you want to slow down.
  10. Adjust the timing to your liking so that both the text and the hand sync up and move together in harmony.

Start creating amazing whiteboard animation

There are many use cases of whiteboard animations, and you can start creating them with PowerPoint. Although not as advanced as Adobe Animate, PowerPoint does a good job with whiteboard animations.

With constant practice, your whiteboard animation skills will start to show, and you can become a real professional. It’s one of the many cool things you can do with PowerPoint.