How to Flip Content for Fun Transitions in Microsoft PowerPoint

When the subject warrants a little fun or surprise, try flipping images and text with transitions in Microsoft PowerPoint.

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Flipping images and text offers a quick way to add some fun to a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. You can use a small image or reverse text to suggest a bit of fun or surprise. In this tutorial, I will show you how to flip images and text using Microsoft PowerPoint transitions.

I use Microsoft 365 on a Windows 10 64-bit system, but you can use older versions. Morph Transition is available through Microsoft 365, PowerPoint 2019, and PowerPoint for the web. Rotation and Flip transition have been around longer.

How to Flip Slides Vertically Using Morph in PowerPoint

Flipping a slide vertically flips it. With two slides – one vertical and one upside down, you can add the Morph transition and you have a simple yet cool statement.

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If you’re not familiar with the Morph transition, don’t worry. It’s easy to implement. Create two or more slides, select both or all slides and apply the Morph transition. PowerPoint will move from slide to slide, 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 a steer, which includes the entire slide. This slide is from a selection of stock images, so there is no copyright issue, 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, follow these steps:

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

At this point, you have two slides. The first is right side up and the second upside down. To apply the Morph transition, select them both in the slide panes. Click on the first slide, hold down the Shift key 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 drop-down menu on the right and choose Objects, as shown in Figure B.

Figure B

The Morph transition will show both slides.

To start the slideshow, press F5 or click Slideshow at the bottom of the screen. PowerPoint seems to recognize that the second image is upside down and adds an appropriate transition – the image seems to flip itself.

You can create a similar transition of the slide by flipping it horizontally by choosing this option in step 4 above. With the image of the steer, the change is not obvious although you can see that the cattle tag changes sides.

How to Flip a Slide to a Mirror Image in PowerPoint

In the last section, we flipped an image vertically to achieve what some might call a mirror image. It won’t work with text though. The fastest way to get a mirror image with text is to cheat.

Instead of using PowerPoint’s rotate options, which won’t work as expected, use your favorite screen capture software to take an image of the text, or use PowerPoint’s screen capture in the Pictures group.

For our example, take a screenshot of the text displayed in Figure C. Before that, click on the View tab and uncheck the Gridlines and Guides option in the View group. When shooting, try to avoid the border lines of the slide. If necessary, you can crop them. Save the shot to 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 get the effect you want, as shown in Figure D. Reverse the positions of the two text slides. You want the reverse slide before the normal slide.

Figure D

Insert the text image.

There are two fun transitions for mirror image text. First, apply the Wipe transition to the second slide. You will find it in the Transition gallery. The transition seems to jump back – it reminds me a bit of falling dominoes when PowerPoint transitions from the first slide to the second.

Next, select the second text slide and remove the Wipe animation by choosing None from the Transition gallery. Next, apply the Flip transition. They’re both fun when working with mirror image text.

In either case, apply the transition to the second slide, then start the slideshow from the first text slide. I prefer the Wipe transition but they are both fun.

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