Make a Magnifying Glass Effect in PowerPoint

In this short video tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a magnifying glass effect using only Microsoft PowerPoint.

Click here to download the PowerPoint file used in this tutorial.

Diane Elkins
Diane Elkins is the co-owner of E-Learning Uncovered, as well as Artisan E-Learning, a custom eLearning development company specializing in the use of Storyline, Captivate, and Lectora. Diane has been in the eLearning industry since 2001, speaks regularly at national conferences about eLearning, and is co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series.

9 Responses to “Make a Magnifying Glass Effect in PowerPoint

  • This is excellent! Thanks for sharing, Diane.

    I love that you even made the magnifying glass from PPT objects. I’m all for that, because then the workflow’s so quick if you want to change it later.

    Along the same lines of sticking with PPT, one option would be to create the graphical text by copying the text box and then just using Paste Special. That can be quicker than using SnagIt, because you can do it all in only about 4 keystrokes, and without having to drag-select a capture area.

    You might be interested in a recent post I did, which these techniques remind me of. It’s a video about making “holes and horizons” on your slides:

    (Comments are always welcome on my blog, as are back-links to your own posts.)

    As I’m new to videos, I’d also be interested in your thoughts on posting to Vimeo versus YouTube.

    • Diane Elkins
      6 years ago

      Glad you liked it. And thanks for the extra tips!

  • P.S. Watching the magnifying glass get out of place when it’s rotated reminds me of another recent post, about choosing the centre of rotation:

    (Just downloaded one of your webinars to watch later, and you’ve other titles that interest me, so I think I’ll be back!)

  • LindaLor
    6 years ago

    I did a similar effect a few years ago, but used a different method. Here’s a link to the Screenr

  • TC Cupit
    5 years ago

    This is nice!! Can it be extended so that the magnifying glass is moving over targeted areas of the underlying text/image, or is that in the “way to hard to do” box?

  • Diego Fajardo
    4 years ago

    Amazing. I’ve been looking for it a long ago! Thank you very much Diane

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