How to Make the Letters Come Up in Fire on PowerPoint
By Darrin Koltow
Fire has surely fascinated people since our earliest days; it grabs and holds attention as no other phenomenon can. By leveraging this primal power you can create more compelling text for your PowerPoint business presentations. A simple way to create the impression of fiery rising text is to apply a custom animation to WordArt text that you’ve filled with a fire image. PowerPoint's animation tools let you adjust the speed and trigger conditions of the animation.
Open an existing PowerPoint presentation or create a new one. Click the "Insert" tab, then click the "WordArt" button to display a gallery of styles. Click a style you like to insert a WordArt object on the current slide.
Double-click the WordArt's text to select it, and then type the text you want to appear in flame. Stylize the text to your liking with the Font, Font Size and other formatting tools on the Home tab.
Click the "Drawing Tools" tab to display additional styling commands. Click the "Text Fill" control in the WordArt Styles group, and then click the "Picture" command. This action tells PowerPoint that you want to fill the WordArt text with an image.
Select an image file on your PC that shows fire. The WordArt object fills with the selected image. If you don’t have a flame image, download a royalty-free one from a site such as Wikimedia Commons, morgueFile, or ImageAfter.
Click the bounding box surrounding the WordArt, then click the arrow on the Home tab’s Copy button. Click "Duplicate" to duplicate the WordArt. Use your keyboard's arrow keys to nudge the duplicate so it appears directly over the original WordArt object.
Double-click the text in the duplicate to select the text, then click "Text Fill" on the Drawing Tools tab. Click the white swatch to fill the duplicate with white, obscuring the underlying flame text. Animating the duplicate will enable the fiery text to appear.
Click the duplicate WordArt's bounding box, and then click the Animation tab. The Animation group displays a gallery of categorized animations. Click the “Wipe” command from the Exit category, then type “2.00” in the Timing group’s Duration control to specify a two-second animation.
Click the "With Previous" option of the Start control if you want the flame animation to appear automatically when the slide appears. This control is in the Timing group. Click the "On Click" option to make the animation start when you click the WordArt object.
Click the Slide Show tab’s “From Current Slide” button to enter presentation mode. The flaming text rises automatically if you selected the Start control’s "With Previous" option. Click the text if you see no animation. PowerPoint displays the flaming text.
Information in this article applies to PowerPoint 2010. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
Darrin Koltow wrote about computer software until graphics programs reawakened his lifelong passion of becoming a master designer and draftsman. He has now committed to acquiring the training for a position designing characters, creatures and environments for video games, movies and other entertainment media.