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Credits and Acknowledgments

Using the Credits and Acknowledgments

At the end of presentations, it is often important to provide contact information, credits and acknowledgments, and follow-on information sources. These animated frameworks run passively as a presenter makes final comments or for a quiet period after the presentation. There are frameworks to run either vertically or horizontally that contain from 8 to 25 frames to hold information and/or graphics. You'll like this neat way to provide additional information that you don't wish to present.

If the filmstrip group is enlarged to occupy the whole slide, it can be an interesting variation for a pre- or postpresentation loop. Instead of the loop going from slide to slide, the one slide can be animated to run as a slow-moving film strip.

Customizing the Credits and Acknowledgments

Adjust size

Since the frameworks are grouped already, all you need to do is resize. Hold the shift key down as you resize if you want to maintain the scale.If you ungroup the filmstrip to work on them, then regroup before sizing.

Color variations

The film strip itself can be colored to any color you wish. Select a color from your templates color palette or some other complementary color. The frames within the film strip can also be colored.

PowerPoint 2007 options

There are no special features in PowerPoint 2007 that make the film strip frameworks appear more realistic.

3D variations

You don't need to use 3D with these frameworks.


Shadows won't add any value to the filmstrips and may actually detract from the concept.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

The frame containing text can receive gradients and patterns if you wish. Just be sure you don't obscure the overlying text.

You have a choice: you can ungroup the framework and add all of your text and photos and then regroup. This is probably the quickest way to customize the film strips. But before you do this you'll need to make a copy of the animated film strip before you ungroup it. That way you'll have an example for where to start and stop the animation, set speed, and timeframe. This is important. See animation below for more in-depth explanation of applying/reapplying animation.

Alternatively, you may wish to work with the group. You can import photographs into the frames, add text, and format colors within the group. Just select the frame within the group and make your edits/additions as you normally would.

For importing a photograph

  1. Resize/crop the photograph to match the size of the frame
  2. PowerPoint 2003: save as picture and then import the picture into the frame; PowerPoint 2007: cut the photo so it is in your clipboard and then paste it into the frame. See FAQ entitled "How do I create photographs in different shapes from rectangular photographs? for this technique
  3. Remove the text number in the frame that we placed there so you know the sequence


Each of the frameworks are animated to run completely through in 1 minute, but you may want to change this according to the time allowed to provide your follow-on information. You will be able to add your text, formatting, and pictures without ungrouping the framework, thereby keeping your animation intact. Be sure to review the tutorial to learn how to do this. If you want to work with ungrouped frameworks, the tutorial will instruct you how to reanimate the framework.

If you choose to ungroup the film strip and work directly with the fields in the group, you'll need to regroup and reanimate the film strip. But first, make a copy of the film strip so you can see where to format the start and stop motion animation. Each strip has been animated so that it shows a certain number of frames and part of a frame at the end. Fill the partial frame too with something that isn't very important but related to the subject. The reason you have a partial frame is so that the last frame with full content doesn't sit right at the bottom of the screen - it's more graceful to have it lift up a bit.

When you're ready to reanimate, simply select the group and bring up the animation menu. Click on the Add Effect bar and select Motion Paths. If you're working with a horizontal film strip, select "Right"; and if you're working with a vertical film strip, select Top. Then see where the copy of the original download film strip starts and stops and format your new, formatted film strip to start and stop in the same place.

If you've resized the film strip, then you may need to make start and stop adjustments to the motion animation. . If you wish to add another frame (or more) to the animation, just extend the animation stop point to the next frame or to include three, four, or however many you wish to add up to 25. That's it. Enjoy this slide.

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