Dissolve One Image into Another

Dissolves are commonly used in video, but you can create them in PowerPoint, too, using the Fade animation. Some people use the Dissolve slide transition, but the results don’t look very good and you can’t control the timing. Here’s a sample slide:

Dissolve slide transition

Dissolve slide transition

This technique shows how to dissolve the first image into a second one that shows a presenter interacting more with the audience

Dissolve the first image into a second one

Dissolve the first image into a second one

First insert the second image by choosing Insert> Pictures> From File. (In PowerPoint 2007, choose Insert tab> Illustrations group> Picture.) Then insert the first image on top of the second. Move the first image slightly, so you can easily select the second image on the bottom.

Choose Slide Show> Custom Animation. (In PowerPoint 2007, go to Animations tab> Custom Animation.) Select the first image, and choose Add Effect> Exit> Fade. Set the Start to After Previous. Set the Speed to Medium, or whatever speed gives you the result you like. To specify how long the image will be on the screen before it starts to face, select its item in the Custom Animation task pane, click the down arrow on the right, and choose Timing. Then add a value in the Delay text box, such as 1 second.

Select the second image and choose Add Effect> Entrance> Face. Set the Start to With Previous and the Speed to Medium.

Finally, place the first image exactly on top of the second image.

The result is an animation that shows the first image, then fades it out while the second image fades in.  Note that if the two images are exactly the same size, you don’t need to add entrance animation to the second image; you can simply fade out the first image to reveal the second image.

Watch the video (the effect is smoother in PowerPoint)

Don’t the interacting people looking like they’re having more fun?

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10 comments to Dissolve One Image into Another

  • Sourabh Devani

    How do I extract that slide from Powerpoint as a GIF image? I tried saving that slide as a GIF image, as a JPEG image & as a PNG image. But it does not animate. It animates only in Powerpoint.

  • I never create animated GIFs but there are programs that create them — I just don’t know of any — but you can search. They work by inserting the individual images and displaying one after another quickly. You wouldn’t get the dissolve effect you get in PowerPoint.

  • Smithy

    I have created a slide show with seven images , each with animated text. Transition from slide to slide is where I’m stuck . I have gone to slide show / slide transition and looked at all of the choices , and I want the slow dissolve from one image into the next. This option is not available in the slide transition choices … I know about the fade option, and all the others , but I want slow dissolve. I have figured out how to slow dissolve from one image into another , but I can’t figure out how to do this with the slides I have created with animated text .

  • Which version of PowerPoint are you using?
    PowerPoint 2010 has much better fade transitions – they actually look good. In earlier versions, the only solution is to put all of the images on one slide and fade them in and out. Or just fade each higher one in. Stagger them as you work, then place them on top of each other.


  • Thanks heaps for this Ellen. I am helping my 14yr old nephew with a history assignment, and this is exactly what he was wanting for his presentation. I promised him I would help him figure it out, but I was struggling! He’ll be stoked!


    Thanks for your tip for dissolve one image into another. I did exactly what you said. Now my PPT was perfectly trimmed

    Thanks alot

  • David Kazmi

    Currently it sounds like Expression Engine is the preferred blogging platform out there right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

  • Khushboo

    I tried to open gif image with animation effect but the image not to show any animation, it just show only one image not the another one. so now tell me what to do.

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