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2.10 How to Insert GIFs in PowerPoint Presentations

GIFs are a popular way to add some motion and style to your PowerPoint presentation. While we often think of GIFs as just funny images, they can also be really useful visual aids to help you get your point across. Envato Elements has a nice collection of GIFs that you can download with your membership. I'm using this flat animated icon set here, which includes several cool GIF icons in a single download. Let's go ahead and download the pack by clicking on Download. As usual, we need to specify licence usage and remember you'll be able to use this even if you stop subscribing the elements. The file will download and let's go ahead and open it up here to see what we have. As you can see in the folder here, there's a nice assortment, an airplane, a clipboard, a megaphone, and more. Keep these in mind as you build out your slides. Jumping over to PowerPoint, we'll look at a slide I've been creating. As you can see, it's pretty text heavy without a lot of visual interest. When you're putting your slides together, always remember that you're presenting it to an audience. It's human nature to be attracted by colors and motion, whereas text alone can become dull. The worst thing that can happen to you as a presenter is to lose the attention of your audience. GIFs are an easy way to make sure they stay engaged? My slide is talking about data here, so it feels like the paper charts GIF and the pack we downloaded would be a good fit. Let's go ahead and add it to the slide. Now, adding a GIF to PowerPoint is just like adding a regular still image. I'll come up here to the Insert tab on the ribbon and then click on pictures in the images group. In the window that pops up, I'll browse to where the GIFs are stored on my computer. I'll click on the one I want to select and then click on Insert down on the lower right corner. PowerPoint will drop the image on to my slide. Just like any other image, I can click on it and drag to move it around on my slide. I can also resize the GIF by pulling on one of these handles in the corners as you'll see me do here. But, this isn't the only customization option that I have. To check those out with the GIF selected, let's come up here to the picture tools format option. Here I can add effects, align and position the GIF precisely on the slide or even rotated it to a new angle. For our purposes, let's say I want to change the color of the GIF to make it a better match for my slide. I'll go ahead and click on Color here on the left side. This window will pop up with a collection of pre-built color themes for my GIF. If I like one, I can click on the thumbnail to choose it. Or for even more options, let's click on more variations here at the bottom and then on more colors. Now, you'll see this color wheel where the possibilities are truly endless. I'll click and drag the color chooser to find a new color for the GIF. Notice the preview changing here in the lower right corner. When I found a color I like, I'll press OK. The GIF will instantly update itself on the slide. Now it's time to preview the GIF. As I start the preview, watch as the GIF animates onto the slide. Our custom colors are also applied, and by default, the GIF keeps playing over and over. As you can see, it's really easy to add cool GIFs to your slides to help keep your audience focused. Next up, we'll focus on the data, with a look at editing charts in PowerPoint. Thanks for watching.

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