How to flip content for fun transitions in Microsoft PowerPoint

If the theme calls for a little fun or surprise, try flipping images and text with transitions in Microsoft PowerPoint.

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Flipping images and text is a quick way to add a little fun to a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. You can use a small upside down image or text to suggest a bit of fun or surprise. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to flip images and text using Microsoft PowerPoint transitions.

I’m using Microsoft 365 on a Windows 10 64-bit system, but you can use older versions. The Morph transition is available through Microsoft 365, PowerPoint 2019, and PowerPoint for the web. Rotating and the flip transition have been around for a while.

How to flip slides vertically using Morph in PowerPoint

Flipping a slide vertically flips the slide upside down. With two slides – one upright and one upside down – you can add the morph transition and have a simple but cool statement.

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Don’t worry if you are unfamiliar with the Morph transition. It’s easy to implement. Create two or more slides, select both or all slides and apply the morph transition. PowerPoint moves from one slide to another, changing the content at will. The only downside is that you can’t control this transition, but most of the time PowerPoint does a great job.

Figure A shows an image of an ox spanning the entire slide. This slide is from the selection of stock images, so there are no copyright issues, but you can use any image you like. Just click on the Insert tab, choose Images, Stock Images and insert an image.

Figure A

Cover the entire slide with an image.

To flip the image, do the following:

  1. Duplicate the first slide by right-clicking it in the Slides panel and choosing Duplicate Slide.
  2. Select the image on the duplicate slide and click the Image Format tab.
  3. In the Arrange group, click Rotate Objects.
  4. In the resulting drop-down list, select Flip Vertical.

At this point you have two slides. The first is right side up and the second is upside down. To apply the morph transition, select both in the slide panels. Click on the first slide, hold down Shift and click on the second.

With both slides selected, click the Transitions tab, then click Morph in the Transitions gallery. With both slides still selected, click the Effect Options dropdown menu on the right and choose Objects, as shown in Figure B.

Figure B

The morph transition displays both slides.

To run the show, press F5 or click Slide Show at the bottom of the screen. PowerPoint seems to recognize that the second image is upside down and adds a transition to match – the image appears to rotate on its own.

You can create a similar horizontal flip slide transition by selecting this option in step 4 above. The change is not obvious in the ox image, although you can see that the animal identifier changes sides.

How to rotate a slide for a mirror image in PowerPoint

In the last section, we flipped an image vertically to achieve what some would call a mirror image. But it doesn’t work with text. The quickest way to get a mirror image with text is to cheat.

Instead of using PowerPoint’s rotation options, which don’t work as expected, use your favorite screenshot software to capture a picture of the text, or use PowerPoint’s screenshot in the Pictures group.

For our example, take a screenshot of the text shown in Figure C. Before that, click the View tab and uncheck the Gridlines and Guides option in the Display group. When shooting, try not to get any edge lines of the slide. If necessary, you can cut them out. Save the recording on the local system.

Figure C

Create a mirror image of the text.

Add a new slide, click the Insert tab and use the Pictures option to insert the screenshot you just saved locally. With the text image in a slide, you can now flip it horizontally to achieve the desired effect, as shown in Figure D. Swap the positions of the two text slides. You want the flipped slide before the normal slide.

Figure D

Paste the image of the text.

There are two fun transitions for mirrored text. First apply the wipe transition to the second slide. You can find it in the Transition gallery. The transition seems to flow backwards – it reminds me a bit of falling dominoes when PowerPoint switches from the first slide to the second.

Next, select the second text slide and remove the wipe animation by selecting “None” in the transition gallery. Then apply the flip transition. Both enjoy working with mirrored text.

In either case, apply the transition to the second slide, and then start the show with the first slide of text. I prefer the wipe transition, but both are fun.

Whether you call it flip or invert, you can use these transitions to create fun transitions with Microsoft PowerPoint.

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