How to Create a Star Wars Intro Crawl in PowerPoint 2013

In this post, you will learn how to create a text crawl similar to the one used at the beginning of the Star Wars films. Here's a video of the final PowerPoint presentation:

To achieve the text crawl effect, I basically had to do three things:

  1. Add a 3D perspective effect to the text.
  2. Add a motion path animation to move the text up.
  3. Combine the motion path animation with a shrink animation to simulate the depth effect.

You can find step-by-step instructions on how to create the same effect below:

  1. Add a Text Box to the slide via INSERTText Box.
  2. Type in =rand(3,4) and press Enter to generate three paragraphs of example text.
    Add Random Text
  3. Change the font of the text to Arial Black and the size to 44 point.
  4. Set the alignment of the text to Justify.
  5. Select the text box and choose FORMATWordArt StylesText Effects3-D RotationPerspective Relaxed Moderately.
    Add 3-D Rotation
  6. Choose FORMATWordArt StylesText Effects3-D Rotation3-D Rotation Options and increase the Perspective value to 80.
  7. Center the text box on the slide and increase its size so the width of the first line almost matches the slide width.
  8. Move the text box below the slide so that the first line is directly below the slide edge.
    Text Below Slide
  9. Select the text box and choose ANIMATIONSAdd AnimationMore Motion Paths…Up.
  10. Grab the red arrow (which marks the end of the motion) with the mouse cursor and drag it to the top of the slide. Hold down the Shift key while dragging to keep the motion path vertical).
    Motion Path Up
  11. Add a second animation via ANIMATIONSAdd AnimationGrow/Shrink.
  12. Click the Animation Pane Ribbon button.
  13. Double-click the Up animation item in the Animation Pane. In the Effect tab, change the values of Smooth start and Smooth end to 0.
    Up Animation Effect Dialog
  14. Double-click the Grow/Shrink item in the Animation Pane, change the Size value to 10%, and change TimingStart to With Previous.
    Grow/Shrink Animation: Size
  15. Grab the end of the Up animation timeline bar and drag it to the right until a value of 30.0s is reached.
    Effect Duration
  16. Repeat the previous step for the Grow/Shrink animation.
  17. Change the slide background to a starry sky by right-clicking on the slide and choosing Format Background…Picture or texture fillFile…. Then select an appropriate graphic (click here to download a ready-to-use image file).
  18. Select the crawl text. Change the color to a yellow orange: HOMEFont Color.
  19. Choose FORMATWordArt StyleText EffectsGlowMore Glow Colors to give the text a yellow glow effect.
  20. Create a Rectangle shape that covers the top half of the slide.
  21. Remove the outline of the shape via FORMATShape StylesShape OutlineNo Outline.
  22. Set the shape fill to the same image that was used for the slide background.
  23. Choose PICTURE TOOLSFORMATPicture EffectsSoft Edges50 Point.
  24. Start the presentation and enjoy the Star Wars atmosphere.

The resulting .pptx file is available for download here.

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