(Last Updated On: February 26, 2020)

Along with Entrance, Exit, and Emphasis, Motion Path is a type of animation effects that ActivePresenter provides users. Motion paths move objects in a slide along a predetermined path, like a line, circle, or a star. They allow objects to display more engagingly.

For more information about how to animate objects, see Animating Objects.

Add Motion Paths

To add a motion path to objects, do the following:

Step 1: Select the object. Hold CTRL to select multiple of them.

Step 2: Open the Animations tab.

Step 3: Click Add Animation (1) and select one motion path from the gallery (Lines, Arcs, Turns, Shapes, Loops, Starts, and Custom Path).

Add motion path

After that, you will see the Motion Path effect appear as a dotted line with a green and a red arrow on the Canvas. The green arrow indicates the path’s start while the red arrow indicates its end.

Motion path

Step 4 (Optional): Define the Motion Path effect direction.

Just select the path and click Effect Options (2). Then, select one direction from the option list.

For example, you can choose to let the Arcs path to go down, up, etc., depending on your need.

Motion path direction

Edit Motion Paths

When it comes to editing a motion path, you are free to resize it, move it to other places, and change its shape.

Change Motion Path Size and Position

Select the motion path of the object, then:

  • Drag the path green handles to change its size.  
  • Drag the entire path to the position you want.

Change Motion Path Shape  

Take the following steps to change the shape of the motion path:

Step 1: Right-click the path and click Edit Point.

Step 2: Drag the black handle to move the portion of the path.

Edit Point

Step 3 (Optional): Close, open or revert the path direction.

Motion paths can be classified as closed or open paths. With an open path, you can close it. On the other hand, you can open a closed path.

  • For open paths like Lines, Arcs, and Turns, right-click the path and click Close Path to make the object return to its start point. A linear path is added from the previous end point to the start point.

Close motion path

  • For closed paths like Shapes, Loops, and Stars, right-click the path and click Open Path to separate the start and end point.

open motion path

  • In order to revert the path direction, right-click the path and select Revert Path Direction.

Revert motion path

Lock and Unlock Paths

For easily editing, ActivePresenter allows you to lock or unlock the path of objects. To do that, click the Effect Options button and select Locked/Unlocked.

lock and unlock paths

  • Locked: The path remains its position when you move the object.
  • Unlocked: The path will follow the object when you move it.

Delete Motion Paths

To delete a Motion Path effect, just select it on the Canvas and then press the DELETE key on your keyboard.

Besides, you can drag the Motion Path effect object Time Bar in the Timeline pane downward. Keep dragging until it turns gray and release the mouse button.

Try to use motion paths to make objects more engaging. Feel free to contact us if you need support.