If you’re looking for a unique way to spice up your slideshow, check out the 3D model feature in Microsoft PowerPoint. You can insert a 3D image and then resize, rotate and even animate it with a handy effect.
Having your own 3D model is a great way to present or show it to your client. But you can also choose one from the online library with numerous categories to match the theme or mission of your slideshow.
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Insert a 3D model in PowerPoint
Open your presentation in PowerPoint and navigate to the slide where you want to add the master. Go to the Insert tab and click the drop-down arrow for 3D models in the Illustrations section of the ribbon.
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Choose “This device” to upload your own model or “Stock 3D models” to choose one from the library.
If you want to browse the available online 3D models, you will see many categories. With everything from animals and avatars to vintage cartoons and vehicles, you’re sure to find one to enhance your show. You can also use the Search 3D Models field to search for a particular model.
After choosing the model or models you want to use on your device or library, click “Insert” to place it on the slide.
Customize a 3D model
After inserting the 3D model, you can move it anywhere on the slide by dragging it, or resize it by dragging a corner in or out, just like an image. You can rotate it by dragging the center icon in any direction.
To further customize it, select the model and go to the 3D Model tab. You can choose a view for the model from a nice collection of options. Use the 3D Model Views section of the ribbon to choose the style you want.
Another handy customization option is the Pan & Zoom feature on the right side of the ribbon. This allows you to focus on a specific part of the 3D model.
To use Pan & Zoom, select the model and click the button in the ribbon. You will see a magnifying glass appear on the right side of the image. Drag it up or down to zoom in or out. You can also move the image within the border to get you exactly where you want it. Click the Pan & Zoom button when ready to deselect and disable the tool.
You can then use the additional tools in the ribbon on the 3D Model tab to add alternate text, bring the model forward, return it, or align it with other objects on the slide.
Animate a 3D model
You may want to add some movement to your model. PowerPoint offers a handful of animations specifically for 3D models that make them shine.
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Select the model and go to the Animations tab. Choose an effect from the Animations section of the ribbon. You can choose from an input (green), an accent pair (orange), and an output (red) for the 3D model.
After you add the effect, you can customize it like other animations in PowerPoint. Select the effect number, go to the Animations tab and choose the options Timing or Advanced animation.
Once you’re done inserting, modifying, and even animating your 3D model in PowerPoint, you’ve got a nice addition to your slideshow.
To learn more about improving your PowerPoint slideshows, learn how to add running credits or insert a video.