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How to flip content for fun conversions in Microsoft PowerPoint

When the content is a little fun or surprising, try turning pictures and text into conversions with Microsoft PowerPoint.

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Flipping pictures and text can be a quick way to add a little fun to a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. You can use a little flipped image or text to indicate a little fun or surprise. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to turn images and text using Microsoft PowerPoint transitions.

I’m using Microsoft 365 on a Windows 10 64-bit system, but you can use older versions. Morph Conversion is available through Microsoft 365, PowerPoint 2019 and PowerPoint for the Web. Rotation and Flip Transition have been around for a long time.

How to Flip Slides Vertically Using Morph in PowerPoint

Rotating the slide vertically makes the slide upside down. With two slides – one upright and one upside down, you can add a morph transition and you’ve got an easy but cool statement.

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If you’re not familiar with morph conversion, don’t worry. It’s easy to implement. Create two or more slides, select both or all slides and apply the morph conversion. PowerPoint moves from one slide to another, changing the content at will. One disadvantage is that you cannot control that transition, but most of the time PowerPoint works fine.

Figure A Shows a picture of the steer covering the entire slide. This slide comes with a selection of stock images so there are no copyright issues, but you can use any image you like. Simply click the Add tab, select Images, Stock Images and add an image.

Figure A

Cover the entire slide with a picture.

To rotate the image, do the following:

  1. Duplicate the first slide by right-clicking on the Slides panel and selecting a copy slide.
  2. Select an image on the copy slide and click the Format tab of the image.
  3. In the Arrange group, click Rotate Objects.
  4. In the resulting dropdown, select Flip Vertical.

At this point, you have two slides. The first is upside down on the right and the second is upside down. To apply the morph conversion, select both in the slide pane. Click on the first slide, hold the Shift key and click the second.

With the selection of both slides, click the Transitions tab and then click Morph in the Transitions gallery. If both slides are still selected, right-click the effects options dropdown and select Objects as shown Image b.

Image b

The morph transition displays both slides.

To run the show, press F5 or click the slide show at the bottom of the screen. PowerPoint seems to recognize that the second image is upside down and adds an appropriate transition – the image seems to be spinning on its own.

You can create a similar transition by flipping the slide by selecting that option in Step 4 above. With the steer image, you can see the cattle tag sides changing but the change is not obvious.

How to Flip a Slide for a Mirror Image in PowerPoint

In the last section, we turned the image vertically to achieve what some would call a mirror image. It does not work with text. The quickest way to achieve a mirror image with text is to cheat.

Instead of using PowerPoint’s rotation options that don’t work as expected, use your favorite screenshot software to shoot a text image, or use PowerPoint’s screenshot in a group of images.

For our example, take a screenshot of the text shown Figure c. Before doing so, click the View tab and uncheck the Gridlines and Guides option in the Show Group. When taking a shot, try to avoid getting any border lines of the slide. If necessary, you can crop them. Save the shot to the local system.

Figure c

Create a reflection of the text.

Add a new slide, click the Add tab, and use the Images option to add a screenshot that you saved locally. With the image of the text on the slide, you can now rotate it horizontally for the desired effect as shown Figure D. Change the positions of the two text slides. You want a flipped slide before a normal slide.

Figure D

Insert a picture of the text.

There are two fun transitions for mirror-image text. First, apply the wipe transition to the second slide. You’ll find it in the Transition Gallery. The transition seems to be flowing backwards – it reminds me a bit of dominoes when PowerPoint moves from the first slide to the second slide.

Next, remove the wipe animation by selecting the second text slide and selecting none in the conversion gallery. Then, apply the flip transition. Both are fun when working with mirror-image text.

In either case, apply the transition to the second slide and then start the display from the first text slide. I prefer the vape conversion but they are both fun.

Whether you call it Flipping or Inverting, you can use these conversions to create some fun conversions using Microsoft PowerPoint.

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