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Creating an intro for your PowerPoint using the signature Star Wars text crawl during the opening scene is an excellent way to captivate your audience, getting them more interested and engaged in your presentation.

Creating the Star Wars Intro Crawl in PowerPoint

First things first, you need to add an image of a clear, starry night sky as the background of our slide. Locate the image online or, if luck is on your side and you have a good camera handy, go outside and take one yourself.

black night sky with stars

Once you’ve placed the image in PowerPoint, you’ll need to insert a text box so we can enter our introduction text. To add a text box, first, click the “Insert” tab.

insert tab

Next, click the “Text Box” button.

text box in text group

Click and drag to draw your text box. Be sure to be a bit generous on the size of the text box.

Make sure the image is set to be behind the text. Once you’re ready, enter the text you’d like to be displayed.

The font style has changed a bit in more recent films, but if you’re looking to at least closely mock the text style of the original 1977 version, then you’ll need to set the font to the following:

  • Color: Gold (Red 250, Green 190, Blue 0)
  • Font Style: News Gothic MT; Bold
  • Font Size: 44 pt.
  • Alignment: Justify

After you adjust your settings, you should have something that looks like this:

before angled text

Now it’s time to change the perspective of the text. First, select the text box.

Select text box

Next, switch to the “Format” tab and then click the “Text Effects” button.

select text effects

From the dropdown menu that appears, select “3-D Rotation.”

3-D rotation

Another menu will appear. Here, select the “Perspective Relaxed Moderately” option from the “Perspective” group.

perspective relaxed moderately

Next, head back to the menu where we selected our perspective, but this time, select “3-D Rotation Options” at the bottom.

3d rotation options

The “Format Shape” pane will appear on the right-hand side. Near the bottom, change the “Y Rotation” value to 320 degrees and the “Perspective” option to 80 degrees.

80 degree perspective

The next part is a bit tricky—you need to position your text box so that the top of the text is at the bottom of the slide. You also need to make sure the text is centered. To do so, click and drag the text box. Adjust the width of the text box to make the top line of text the same width (or close to the same width) as your slide.

same width

Next, head over to the “Animations” tab and select the down arrow at the bottom right of “Animation” group.

animations tab

At the bottom of the menu that appears, select “More Motion Paths.”

more motion paths

The “Change Motion Path” menu will appear. Here, select “Up” and then click “OK.”

up motion path

You’ll see a red and green arrow appear, signifying the end and beginning of the animation, respectively. Click and drag the red arrow to the very top of the slide. Hold the Shift key while dragging to keep your line straight.

red arrow

Now head to the “Advanced Animations” group and select the “Add Animation” option.

Add animation

Select the “Grow/Shrink” animation from the “Emphasis” group.

grow shrink animation

Head back over to the “Advanced Animation” group and select “Animation Pane.”

animation pane

A pane will appear on the right-hand side of the window, displaying the selected animations. Here, double-click the “Up” animation.

up animation

A window will appear, presenting several options for the Up animation. Here, change the “Smooth start” and “Smooth end” settings to zero and then click “OK.”

smooth animation

Next, double-click the “Grow/Shrink” animation from the list to bring up its settings window. In the “Settings” section, click the arrow next to the “Size” option. In the dropdown menu that appears, enter “10%” in the “Custom” option and then press Enter.

10 percent shrink size

Head over to the “Timing” tab and select the arrow next to the “Start” option. Select “With Previous” and then click “OK.”

with previous

Now, you need to adjust the length of the “Up” animation. By default, the animation length is only two seconds, which is too quick.

2 second default

To adjust the timing, click and grab the end of the colored bar next to the animation. The timing depends on how much text you have. We’ll set ours to 30 seconds.

Do the same for your Grow/Shrink animation.

Now, we need to add a shape to that uses the same image as the background. Head over to the “Insert” tab and select the “Shapes” option from the “Illustrations” group.

insert shape

A dropdown menu will appear. Select “Rectangle” from the “Rectangles” group.

rectangles

Draw the rectangle so that it covers the top half of the slide.

cover top half of slide

Now we need to remove the outline of the rectangle. Make sure the shape is selected, then head over to the “Home” tab and click “Shape Outline.”

Shape Outline

From the dropdown menu that appears, select “No Outline.”

No outline

Next, we need to give the shape the same image as our background. To do this, head back over to the “Drawing” group and select “Shape Fill.”

shape fill

From the dropdown menu, select “Picture.” Browse to the location of the picture you used for your background and select it.

select picture

You’ll now have what appears to be one solid background. The point of the shape is to have the text disappear behind it.

If you were to play the slideshow now, the text would disappear kind of abruptly. To have a smoother exit, give soft edges to your shape. To do this, select the shape and head over to the “Format” tab and select “Picture Effects” from the “Picture Styles” group.

Picture Effects

Select “Soft Edges” from the dropdown menu.

soft edges

In the “Soft Edge Variations” group, select the last option for the softest edges.

very soft edges

That it! All that’s left to do is wow your audience with your creative presentation!

Marshall Gunnell Marshall Gunnell
Marshall Gunnell is a writer with experience in the technology industry. He worked at Synology, a manufacturer of network-attached storage solutions. Marshall also serves as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview, providing detailed reviews of storage technology.
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