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How to Make Flash Banner with PowerPoint

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  • I am often amazed at the cool Flash banner on Web and I want to make an animated banner for my Website. But how to create a wonderful banner?

    As I know, Adobe Flash is a tool for professionals to create Flash animations and movies. It is not an ideal tool for me. If I use this software, I think I have to spend a lot of time learning how to use it. Besides, Adobe Flash is so expensive that I do not want to purchase it.

    Is there any easy way to make Flash banner without Adobe Flash? An idea pops up in my mind. I will share it with all Flash newbies.

    As we know that there are rich animations in MS PowerPoint, can we turn the animation to a Flash movie? The answer is “Yes”.

    If you have MS PowerPoint in your computer, you can create a PowerPoint banner and convert it to a cool Flash banner with PowerPoint to Flash Converter.

    And I find there are some advantages with PowerPoint to create animated movie.

    • ** PowerPoint is very popular and so easy to use. PowerPoint is quite user-friendly. Only after some clicks, the phenomenal slideshow will come out. Even though you are just a beginner, so many tutorials on line will help you.
    • ** It is quite effective. The animation types can definitely satisfy your needs in a Flash movie. I also can add music, pictures, etc to the files.

    I use the PowerPoint 2007. Now let me show you steps.

    1. 1. Create a new slide. In my computer, the default size of the slide is On-screen shot(4:3). So you need to set up the page size as a banner in Design.

      make-flash-banner01.png

      In the Slide sized for, you can choose the Banner option. Or you also can set up the size as you favorite.

      make-flash-banner02.png

      Click OK, you can see the banner is in an earlier format.

      make-flash-banner03.png

      Then you can design a banner as you like. You can also add animations, sounds, pictures and more objects into your design.

    2. 2.

      1. 1) I set up a theme to this banner. As you know, MS PowerPoint supports many themes. I choose this one. It seems very fresh and cool.

      2. 2) Insert the Lighting bulb: Insert-> Picture-> then select a picture you want to insert from your computer. This bulb is a GIF image, so I do not add any animations into it.
      3. 3) Insert a text box and input the sentence "How to make Flash banner with PowerPoint". Then add effects to the text box. There are four animations: entrance, emphasis and exit. I just add the entrance’s effect.

      There are many effects we can select for every animations. You can get more effects from More Effects option.

      make-flash-banner05.png

      You can adjust the speed of the effect. I set up it (set it up) to Medium.

      make-flash-banner06.png

      Then click OK. The final interface is as follow (please check your PowerPoint file): You can press F5 to preview your Flash banner.

      make-flash-banner07.png

    Ok, this simple PowerPoint banner is finished.

    If I want to put this banner on the web, what I need is a powerpoint to Flash.

    I think an excellent PowerPoint to Flash converter is very helpful for me. A good PowerPoint to Flash converter should be able to preserve the pre-set animations and effects.

    Monday, October 12, 2009 6:44 AM