PowerPoint Masterclass - Presentation Design & Animation
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PowerPoint Masterclass - Presentation Design & Animation

Everything you need to make advanced PowerPoint presentation slides, animations & videos. Get advanced at PowerPoint
4.6 (2,565 ratings)
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12,630 students enrolled
Created by Andrew Pach
Last updated 6/2020
English [Auto]
Current price: $139.99 Original price: $199.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 8.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Get comfortable with basic and advanced PowerPoint features
  • Rapidly learn PowerPoint by working with an experienced professional
  • Create engaging and well-designed slides and animations
  • Be able to animate any kind of object and slide in PowerPoint
  • Get better as a graphic designer and digital artist
  • Create simple explainer videos ready to publish online
  • Build PowerPoint templates quickly
  • Have PowerPoint 2010 / 2011 MAC / 2013 / 2016 / 2016 MAC / 2019 (or Office 365) Installed
  • I will explain all basics about PowerPoint and Animating in it, so we can smoothly start the real work
  • Basic knowledge of PowerPoint will be helpful but is not mandatory
  • Be prepared and ready to work! This will be an entertaining and professional ride to take!

Do you want to DESIGN TOP-NOTCH SLIDES like a professional designer?  

Do you want to GET COMFORTABLE WITH ANIMATION in PowerPoint?  

Do you want to CREATE VIDEOS in PowerPoint that are ready to publish online?  

Would you like to GET BETTER AS A DESIGNER, entrepreneur, business professional, or …?

This course will prepare you with all the tools, knowledge, and skills that you need to reach the goals in the questions above. With this course, you can master PowerPoint and become a more capable and complete designer!


Avoid frustration by learning an efficient workflow from a professional designer. I will take you by the hand and teach you to design great presentation templates and slides with confidence. You can be sure that your end results will be of the highest quality.  

Great presentations involve far more than just making nice PowerPoint slides – they influence your branding, appearance, personal skills etc. so you want to make sure that those are on the highest level.


This course has a core of six comprehensive chapters to teach you everything you need to know:

1. POWERPOINT BASICS - Learn to use the software properly and get a brief grasp over its most important components and tools. I will show you the essentials, so we can work swiftly in PowerPoint going forward.  

2. ANIMATION BASICS – Learn how to properly use animation. Discover the different types of animation and how to properly work on the animation timeline. This will make your animation work much easier.  

3. SLIDE DESIGN – This chapter is the main slide and presentation design section of this course. Since you already learned the basics in the previous chapters, it's time for us to roll out the big guns and design like a madman (or woman)! I will teach you a consistent, well-prepared design to give you a great starting point for your PowerPoint presentations.  

4. ANIMATION DESIGN – In this chapter, we’ll animate some of the slides we prepared and then you’ll learn how to make simple explainer videos or kinetic typography in PowerPoint. I will show you several outstanding tricks which you can use in your daily workflow!  

5. VIDEO CREATION - Learn how to create explainer videos and online lectures using only PowerPoint. I’ll show you how to record a presentation with your microphone and export a video that will be ready to publish anywhere online  

6. POWERPOINT TEMPLATES - Every respected PowerPoint designer knows how to create PowerPoint templates. For your business, your clients, or as products for sale, making templates is an essential skill to have and utilize!

AFTERWARDS: MORE SLIDE DESIGN, MORE TRICKS, MORE ANIMATION PROJECTS! Once you have a solid foundation of slide design and animation, we can explore other possible projects to do. We will create a few more animations, text reveals, and videos that are useful for creating more of your content.


After completing this course, you will:

  • Have a solid understanding of how to work efficiently in PowerPoint without wasting time and effort

  • Be able to produce top-quality slides and presentations (including videos) to the highest industry standards

  • Gain complete control of the animations you want to create

  • Get better at designing, presenting, and animating to help you advance as an active entrepreneur, creator, and content publisher


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

I'm a total beginner in PowerPoint, is this course right for me?

This course will teach you all the necessary basics and advanced tools, but it's not a PowerPoint 101 for beginners. I mention basic tools and techniques, but I assume that you are computer savvy and know how to find your way around PowerPoint already.

I'm enrolled in your Master PowerPoint presentations course. Should I get this one or is the other one enough? Which one is better?

Good Question! Both courses are top PowerPoint courses that teach you the knowledge and tools to create outstanding presentations, animations, and templates. They are just two different versions that use different slides and unique content respectively. The benefit of that is you can follow a different design path on each course. Students who finished the first master course were asking me for more, and I'm happy to provide more if there is demand for it. If you already feel super-comfortable with PowerPoint, one course is enough. But if you seek even more design ideas and slides, and if you like my content and the way I teach, you won't go wrong by taking both courses.  
With both courses, you can reach a similar level of PPT knowledge, but in different ways and different designs. Each of those two courses has several unique sections that allow them to expand your knowledge on their own way.

I've been using PowerPoint for 15+ years and think I know the most already, will I learn anything? 

I'm an experienced PowerPoint instructor with over 250 YouTube tutorials and more than 10 published PowerPoint courses and series. Over the past few years, I have learned from both beginner and advanced students which areas to address to best influence your workflow in a positive and impactful way. My courses help you to boost your efficiency, using shortcuts and on-trend designs to help you to reach a modern, top-level standard of quality. If you need something that is not already in the course, you can always ask me about topics to add to courses that interest you.

I'm still not sure if I want to invest into this course. I don't know if I want to focus on design or on animation? Is there any fall-back plan?

Of course! First, you should watch the promo videos and watch the free preview lessons. They will give you a good understanding of the course content, pace, and what to expect from taking the course. Apart from that, you have Udemy’s 30-day Money Back Guarantee with no questions asked!

Who this course is for:
  • People who are not sure they can create outstanding presentations at a top-quality level
  • Students who want to greatly improve their PowerPoint skills and impress others with their advanced presentations
  • People who want to create and publish explainer videos and animations with PowerPoint
  • Learning PowerPoint helps you learn other graphic design programs. If you wish to improve your design skills, this course is for you.
Course content
Expand all 120 lectures 08:33:31
+ Introduction
3 lectures 10:20

Here I would like to introduce you to the content and explain why the course is structured like it is and what you should expect from it. Let's dig in!

Preview 04:44

With this lecture I would like to show you how the real PowerPoint lessons in this course look like. I will go over a ton of useful tips, tricks and workflows in order to make a better designer, entrepreneur and PowerPoint user in those few hours !

For the sake of this lesson we are going to crop a picture and use the FILL option and create a good looking overlay to re-color the sky of an image!

Preview 05:06

In this lesson you can download all resources used in this course. Additionaly here you can get the Quest & Shortcut list which will be a helpful resource while taking this course!

+ Workflow of a real designer
5 lectures 21:21

This lesson will give you an basic overview as to where find inspiration for PowerPoint slides. I will go step-by-step over the best sources and resources of PowerPoint design and graphic inspiration. Try to browse the websites with me!

Gain inspiration

With this lesson I want to teach you about color schemes and how to prepare them. I will list 3 top websites which will help you set and select a color scheme for your presentation, so our powerpoint work with go a lot smoother and better.

Select colors

Another thing we should prepare for work are images. You need to get into the habit of using, downloading and working with images in your graphic and creative workflow. In PowerPoint images can make up a lot of the design for you so they are very valuable.

Select Images

Icons are very imporatnt as they graphically represent a variety of words. You can use icons for any purpose, wether it is upgrading the design, making a complete slide with it or creating simple logos. I will show you how to properly download them and even how to download multiple icons at once.

Select Icons

The last step in our selection journey will be to select a font. Fonts are very important and can bring your designs to another, higher level. Let's go over where to find good fonts and which ones will definately work properly in PowerPoint!

Select fonts
+ Basic but Important features
7 lectures 25:07

In this quick lesson I want to give you a brief overview of the softare and it's most important features. I will not explain everything 101 since I assume you are a bit computer savvy and know your way around, so let's make this a quick and useful one!

Brief Overview

One of the most interesting PowerPoint tools is it's Quick Access Toolbar. The Powerpoint QAT allows us to insert custom shortcuts and quickly bring them up by pressing our ALT key (Option on MAC). This allows for a quicker worflow and more effective work.

Adjusting our shortcuts

The Selection Pane is another great feature which allows us to sort, select, make visible or invisible (hide) and rename layers in PowerPoints. It's not as detailed as the Layer panel in Photoshop but it can get the job done, especially when it comes to renaming objects or selecting items which overlap each other.

Selection Pane

The actual Format Shape tab has a lot more options than the PowerPoint ribbon in itself. With help of the Format Shape tab we have a lot more effect options, color options and general control over the edited object. I want to show you a few details about it and give you some time to explore all it's functions.

Format Shape options

Let's go simple - how to insert a screenshot into PowerPoint. Yes, this tutorial is about it. Yes, it has 2 minutes. Yes, you will learn everything you need to know to speed-up your workflow and insert screenshots fast and efficient. Trust me!

How to insert a screenshot properly into PowerPoint

What is the difference between Bitmap Pictures and Vector Shapes within PowerPoint? Well, one of the differences is the Coloring options that we get. I want to step over this topic a little bit and talk with you what can be done, what options do we have and which colors are available when we repaint certain elements.


Cropping is another important feature (not only for pictures, but for the way the "Cropping" option is build). When you learn how to properly crop images, change their aspect ratio and change the shape they are displayed in you will know a lot more about PowerPoint from this point onwards. I want to teach you as much hidden features as possible, and cropping & changing shapes is an essential task to know about for an advanced workflow.

Cropping & Changing Shapes
+ Advanced tricks only pros use!
8 lectures 28:01

Let us start the more advanced (or less used) tricks. Merge Shapes is one of the absolute essential tools when it comes to designing in PowerPoint. Any custom design, custom shape and out of the ordinary slide is most likely prepared with help of this function. We can select several items and subtract them from each other or merge them into one, working vector shape. How cool is that?

Merge Shapes Magic

This is a very tricky topic which has to be thoroughly explained for all PowerPoint users. Adding vector objects to powerpoint (or rather importing them) is possible with use of vector software - the best software to do so will be Adobe Illustrator. In order to get those files working in PPT we need to convert them to *.EMF first, because this is the format PowerPoint reads but it doesn't always work well. Vector items and PowerPoint can be an obstacle but with the right tools and patience we can get it to work.

Adding Vectors to PowerPoint

It is a lot more difficult to import vector objects and items into the PowerPoint for MAC version, especially the 2011 one where we can run into a lot of troubles. We can't simply take a PDF / SVG / AI / EPS file, export it as EMF and expect to work. For the MAC versions of PowerPoint there is another step required and in this lesson I would like to go over that with you and show you what I was able to learn with my students who use MAC on a daily basis.

Adding Vectors to PowerPoint on MAC

It has finally happened. The Microsoft Developers decided to take a step towars vector image usage within PowerPoint as a native, build-in funciton. I love the new functionality of beeing able to import SVG, scaleable vector graphic images into PowerPoint. We have been waiting for such an update for a long time so be sure your PowerPoint version is up to date. go to Account and hit the update button in order to get the latest version and be eliglible for this function.

Importing SVG Vector Images into PowerPoint! (02.2018)

PowerPoint isn't the best vector tool but it allows and gives us some freedom when it comes to the editing of vector shapes and icons. Wether it's a vector object straight create with PowerPoint shapes or importent from an EMF file outside of PowerPoint we can add additional points to it and change it's design by editing them.

Editing Vector Points

Another very useful feature is the Aligning and Distribution possibility which PowerPoint gives us. No matter how chaotic and spread out all our elements , shapes or boxes are we can make equal spaces between them with 2 mouse clicks. This is a very often used tool overlooked by some users.

Aligning and distribution

This is one of my favorite features of PowerPoint. Quickly formatting an entire look onto another object with one click. I love the magic that happens in the moment you click. I know it's a simple script yet it's so intuitive and well working that I have to praise the Microsoft developers for it. Kudos brothers and sisters!

Format Painter & Animation Painter

This can be considered an additional feature or tip for custom work you might want to do outside the normal workflow scope of PowerPoint. By changing the Aspect Ratio you allow yourself to create any type of design, even posters or book covers in PowerPoint.

Change the Aspect Ratio
+ Learn how to Animate
6 lectures 21:41

With this introductionary lesson I want to show you the 4 basic types of animations we have available in PowerPoint - Enterance, Emphasis, Exit and Motion Paths. If you want to learn powerpoint animation you have to get familiar with those.

Types of Animation

It is possible to add multiple animations to one object in PowerPoint. With help of the "Add Animation" button we are able to stack up multiple animations, no matter the type on one of our objects.

Add multiple Animations

Some of the powerpoint animations we have available have their own effect options. For example in the "Fly In" animation you can determine from which side the animation should fly in. Check it out!

Effect Options

Text boxes can have their own animations applied. If we animate a box which consists of only text a new option appears to make it fade by letter, word or entire sentence. This can distinguish you from other PowerPoint users right away.

What about text

Since you already should know the types of animation let's get familiar with the Animation Pane and all timing options. The 3 types of timings that can be applied include With Previous. On Mouse Click and After Previous. Let us talk about all those options and learn the differences between them.

Animation Pane and Timing

Since we are talking about animations there is no way we can skip the Transitions Tab. It alows us to make clean and well prepared transitions between the slides in our presentations. Even if we do a video, it most likely consists of several slides and we want the transitions between them to look good. Let me talk with you about this tab during this tutorial.

Transitions Tab (Slide timing & duration)

Can you answer a few simple questions regarding animation?

Practice Quiz to Reinforce the Learning Process
3 questions
+ Designing Slides (1-7)
8 lectures 43:20

With this slide I would like to prepare you for the design part of this course. You will have to prepare the first real life design in this course. Be prepared!

Design Warmup. Create a "Safe Slide"

This will be an example title slide of our presentation. There are many methods of doing title slides but we definately need a big text box, a good icon and a tagline for our slide. PowerPoint gives us all the tools to create it, so let's us a picture, add an overlay and interesting text boxes.

Preview 05:30

This slide will establish and set the tone of the presentation. We will add several items and text boxes which can be then used on consequent slides - since we aim to make everything consistent and well prepared. I will teach you some good design practices.

Preview 06:23

The grid design was exciting so now is the time to do something else. With this slide design we will agian use pictures and create a different design out of them.

Preview 05:08
With this Assignment I would like to encourage you to dive into PowerPoint and create the first 3 slides of this presentation (if you haven't done that already!)
Design the first 3 slides
2 questions

Here I would like to end the chapter of creating picture slides since we already created several different designs in that manner. This was all there to teach you various design practices and how to work with objects in order to get a great design done.

Slide 4. Picture with Lines

With this powerpoint slide I would like to teach you some overall design on how to approach our services or listing multiple items of the same sort on one slide.

Slide 5. Our Services

This design will make great use of the background color we already have. We will make outlines in powerpoint to make it appear as our elements would have precise cut out parts from them.

Slide 6. Overlapping Circles

We don't always need difficult and hard approachable design, we also need those simple slides and then we can re-use their elements to build better slides and be consistent in our presentation.

Slide 7. Simplistic bullet points
+ Animating Slides (1-7)
7 lectures 34:44

This lecture will start our powerpoint animation journey. We will animate the title slide by animating the icon and text separately.

Preview 04:57

Here we will animate in powerpoint mostly the text. With help of various animations like Strips or Fade we will establish an animation pattern for the entire presentation, especially the title text.

Preview 04:53

Here we will focus our powerpoint animation on the right side of the slide. Using the swirl animation we will animate our progress bars. Three elements animated together will make for a fantastic looking animated slide.

Preview 05:28

Since we already established a pattern for our text animations I would like to switch things up a bit and make something simplier - this time we will animate the text boxes with a Zoom effect and any other suitable effect we can find in powerpoint.

Slide 4. Clean Zoom from Middle

Icons and those types of slides give us the unique opportunity to bind several animations together in order to create something which looks fresh and original. I will tech you in this lesson how you can connect and progress through a slide by animating elements one after another.

Slide 5. Connected Lines Love

Here I would like to take your animation skills to the next level and animate a very advanced slide in PowerPoint. We will use emphasis effects, normal enterance animations and exit animations - the whole palette. With one mouse click I would like to simultaniously grow and make objects dissapear to show you what is possible in PowerPoint when we use it right!

Slide 6. Disappearing and Growing Boxes

Here I want to teach you anohter thing which you hopefully didn't know earlier! With help of transparent boxes we will create another unique animation in powerpoint where we will explan and then dim boxes.

Slide 7. Dim the Lights
+ Designing Presentations (8-14)
7 lectures 30:18

Here I want to show you how to create a portfolio slide in PowerPoint. This way you will learn how to utilize multiple images in one design.

Slide 8. Six Picture Equal Portfolio

Here we will make one last take on multiple images / portfolio like slides. I would like to teach you how you can equally distribute 4 pictures and create a nice, solid design out of it.

Slide 9. Display with Four Pieces

This will be a design which will help us greatly when we get to the animation part of this course. We will use our overlays to create another exciting portfolio / image slide to reveal several items on the screen.

Slide 10. Staff Members with Overlay

We already designed several persons and staff members for our slides so we should now approach the design of a single person. Here I will share good practices and ideas with you how to create a clear and visually appealing design showcasing the skills of one person.

Slide 11. A single Expert

In this slide I will teach you how to prepare, start and design an engaging timeline which you can use as bulletpoints, as explanation, as a fancy animation within your presentations or for any other purpose. This is essential design knowledge which you should use daily!

Slide 12. Starting a Vertical Timeline

Let us continue our PowerPoint timeline and create the second slide which will be the middle part with 2 more informations to present. Later on we will animate the slide to make them one continuous storyline.

Slide 13. Continuing the Timeline

With this lesson I'd like to close the timeline, since we already have the majority of items prepared we can copy the first slide and change a few elements to get this done. This will also teach you speedy slide creation since you can always use the elements you already prepared!

Slide 14. Finalizing the Timeline
+ Animating Presentations (8-14)
8 lectures 31:31

Here I would like to show you how you can possibly animate a portfolio slide. This is just one of many ways we can do our animations.

Slide 8. Continuous Picture Animation

Since we have so many elements on the slide we will just focus on the smaller things and animate mostly the text and informational boxes of this slide. I will show you how to prepare one animation and then multiply it to our other elements.

Slide 9. Consistent Teeter and Pulse

Here we will make a very unique and high quality animation where each person will be separately revealed by us. With each mouse click another person will be revealed.

Slide 10. Reveal People One by One

Here we will learn how trigger animations work in PowerPoint. This is something only the powerpoint pros and gurus know and utilize. You will become a member of this elite designers group :)

Slide 10. Trigger Animation that Will Blow Your Mind

The following slide will be a simple animation journey for us. We will approach this slide two ways - first we will animate it's left side so we can then focus on the other side and animate each element in.

Slide 11. Simplified Wipe Animations

One of the highest quality slides we can produce in PowerPoint are our timeline slides. They can work as advanced bulletpoint lists or overall storylines for our explanations. Here I will show you how you can animate these types of slides.

Slide 12. Timeline Animation Pt. 1

We will continue our timeline animation in the second part of this class. Let us prepare a continuous and smooth animation between all 3 timeline slides.

Slide 13. Timeline Animation Pt. 2

Here I would like to finalize the timeline which cosists of 3 slides. This will teach you how to prepare endless and seamless animation between any type of slides.

Slide 14. Timeline Animation Pt. 3
+ Kinetic Typography & Motion Graphics
7 lectures 33:40

In this lecture I will explain to you what motion graphics and kinetic typography actually is. In order for us to know what are we doing and how could we approach creating kinetic movement and animations with text we need to understand some basics. 

What is Kinetic Typography

This will be our first simple animated text project. It is the perfect way to start with kinetic typography in PowerPoint and we will use the trick that we perform here a lot of times. We will use fly in animations to make the text appear on the screen from behind special obejcts which we use to cover up half of the motion!

First simple project

Here I would finally like to approach more advanced designs and animations. We will create a fully working minimal title opener / lower third animation in PowerPoint with use of multiple animations on one object. The add animation function is essential for success in this animation and we will definately use it here!

Minimal Title Reveal Part 1

In this lesson we are going to continue the animation we started in the previous lesson. Since we already have the lines prepared now comes the time to finish the animation by adding text and our beloved cover box.

Minimal Title Reveal Part 2

Another thing which will be helpful when creating motion graphics and animations are little sparkles which could help us to reveal a text box in an more engaging way.

Sparkle Animation

In the first part we will animate the first two text boxes with multiple animations like fly in, grow / shring and line motion path. This will be a lot of animating so let's get started!

Multiple Sentences Animation Part 1

Here we are going to continue the animation and finalize it with exit animations and adding more sentences to the entire design!

Multiple Sentences Animation Part 2
This is an optional assignmnet where I would like to ask you to share ANY screenshots of slides, designs, or work related stuff you did and wish to show me. Either for showcase or simply for constructive feedback! You are well on your way towards the latter end of the course, good job!
Would you like to share anything you did so far?
2 questions