The Problem

You want to show the entire length of a web page in your pre­sen­ta­tion. You don’t want to rely on the spotty inter­net con­nec­tion, so you don’t link to the live site or embed the web­page into your slide. How­ever the full screen­shot is entirely too long to show­case on-slide.

The Boston Globe full web­site shown at 3 breakpoints.

Depend­ing on how you’ll be speak­ing to the screen­shot, there are a cou­ple of ways you can solve this prob­lem. We’ll also put it inside of a blank device screen so that it looks more refined and professional.

General Scrolling Overview

If you’re just speak­ing about the over­all web­site and how much con­tent is con­tained within with­out going into specifics, you can do one long scroll from begin­ning to end and back again. The end result will look some­thing like this dra­mat­i­cally exag­ger­ated example:

Before insert­ing your long screen­shot onto your slide, go to File > Options > Advanced and make sure “do not com­press images in file” is checked.

If this box isn’t checked, your screen­shots will be so pixel­lated when you make them larger on-screen that you won’t be able to read them.

  1. Insert web­site screen­shot and a blank device on the slide. Make sure the blank device has a trans­par­ent win­dow where the screen is.
  2. Resize the screen­shot so that its width matches the width of the hole in the device image
  3. Push screen­shot behind device.

Animating the Screenshot

  1. Select the screenshot
  2. Add a line motion path to it
  3. Under “Effect Options,” make sure “up” is selected if it isn’t already
  4. Select path
  5. If your page is really long, you will have to zoom out to do this, select the end point and drag it upward until the end of the screen­shot is in the device win­dow. Depend­ing on the length of your page, you might have to do it in stages.
  6. Set the tim­ing of the scroll
  7. With this ani­ma­tion selected, click on “More Options” in the ani­ma­tion tab
  8. Under “Effect” give the ani­ma­tion a smooth start and end (I chose 1 sec­ond for each) and check the box that says “Auto-reverse”
  9. Test your animation

The only think left to do for this exam­ple is to mask the screen­shot so that you can’t see it above and below the device you’re using. If your back­ground is a solid color, you will only need to use two boxes filled with that same color between the device screen and the screenshot.

By send­ing these white boxes back­ward one level, you will achieve the look you want.

The more chal­leng­ing part is when you have a gra­di­ent background.

For Gradient Backgrounds

  1. Hide every­thing on the slide
  2. Save slide as a png
  3. Show every­thing on slide
  4. Make a rec­tan­gle over top of the device win­dow that is big­ger than the win­dow and smaller than the device.
  5. Make a rec­tan­gle the size of the slide, push it back­wards one time
  6. Select the big rec­tan­gle first and the small one second
  7. Under the Shape For­mat tab, choose “Sub­tract” from the “Merge Shapes” drop down
  8. With the new shape selected, fill the shape with a pic­ture. Choose the PNG you saved ear­lier of the blank slide
  9. Send back­wards one time. Done!

Pause to Highlight Sections

You can take this a step fur­ther by scrolling the screen in incre­ments and paus­ing in between to high­light impor­tant areas of the screen­shot. In this case you could:

  1. Scroll down the web­page a small amount
  2. Pause
  3. Fade in details about a that section
  4. Fade out those details and con­tinue scrolling to the next area

It might look some­thing like this:

Really, do I have to do all of that?

No, you don’t. Even if you chun­ked out parts of a web screen shot and showed those within the devices on-slide with­out all of the ani­ma­tion, you will achieve a much more pro­fes­sional look than if you just put the screen cap­tures on the slide with­out any fur­ther effort. Adding this level of ani­ma­tion takes time, but the end result is well worth the reac­tions you get in the end.


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