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Today, we are looking at a nifty feature in PowerPoint called 3D Models. This feature allows users to add a 3D object to PowerPoint presentations. Now you might be thinking, I have no experience creating 3D objects or using 3D files (often known as obj files). Fear not! Microsoft has built in a catalog of free objects for you to use.
Please Note: this feature is only available for Microsoft 365 subscribers
Let me show you how this feature works.
Several 3D models have animations built in. To access them click on your model and navigate to the 3D Model tab on the navigation ribbon. On the top left under the Scenes dropdown, you will see several options. Each scene you click will change the animation currently displayed on your 3D model.
As you can see below, changing the scene gives you additional options for how your model moves.
You can use animations in conjunction with your 3D Model to really make your object come to life. More details on how to use animations in PowerPoint can be found here.
Currently, only a few types of animations work well with animated 3D models. I would recommend only using the Model Animations (another place to find the scenes), 3D, and Motion Paths options from your main animations list (pictured below).
As an example, I used Motion Paths to make the dinosaur run across the screen.
You can learn more about Motion Paths and how to use them in PowerPoint in my recent blog on that topic.
If you have an obj file or other 3D model to import, you can add them by going to the insert tab and choosing This Device under the 3D models option.
For this blog. I created a 3D version of the Innovia logo to insert in PowerPoint.
You have the same options to resize, rotate, and animate as you do with the stock 3D models.
Not only are 3D models available in PowerPoint but you can also find them in other Microsoft 365 applications such as Word and Excel. The functionality is mostly the same between each Office application, so you can apply what you learned in this blog to these other applications.
I hope you have been inspired to find new ways to enhance your PowerPoints with this feature. If you have questions about how to use 3D models in any of the Office applications or suggestions for other PowerPoint tutorials please drop me an email email@example.com.
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