Animated Masking and Cutout Effects in E-Learning Design #356

Masking and Cutout Effects in E-Learning #356: Challenge | Recap

What Moves Gets Noticed

Animations are effective ways to draw focus and attention to an area of your slides. Moving on-slide objects helps to create focal points, illustrate complex procedures, and help learners visualize change e-learning.

Animation effects can also be used to set and control the pacing of your course. Combined with masking or cutout graphics, you can create animated effects that elevate your course designs. Take a look at the following examples.

Meet the Team Animated Cards

Notice how the images animate out of view? They disappear into the borders of the card instead of flying off the slide. This example is interesting because the animations appear constrained to the specific area of the profile card.

Meet the Team Animated Cards

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How Does the Effect Work?

The effect is created by using a cover graphic with a cutout area for transparency.

Transparent Cover Images for Masking

The cutout can be created in just about any graphics app from Photoshop to PowerPoint.

Creating a Cutout Shape in PowerPoint

Animated Photo Collage Image Slider

Here's another example that uses the same masking and animated effects. 

Animated Photo Collage Image Slider

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In this example, the cover graphic is the same size as the slide with a smaller area cutout for the larger character images.

Transparent Background Cover

Masking effects combined with animation can help you create special effects that go beyond the defaults. And that's what this week's challenge is all about!

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to share an animated example that uses either a masking or cutout effect for one or more slide elements.


Share Your E-Learning Work

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Last Week’s Challenge:

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