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Animations III: Timing

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Improve your skills for timing animation effects by learning about timing delays and how they let you overlap effects. Also, become a pro with the Advanced Timeline.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Two self-paced lessons and two practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Create overlapping effects by using time delays.
  • Learn different ways to create time delays, and explore other timing options.
  • Use the Advanced Timeline to get a new view of an animation sequence and adjust how effects play together.

Before you begin

Take the two animations courses preceding this one:

Or: You should be very familiar with applying custom effects and comfortable working in the Custom Animation task pane.

In the earlier animations courses, you learned to control animation timing by playing effects together or one after the other. You also used speed settings such as Fast and Slow.

This course discusses additional ways to start animations, mainly by using time delays. A time delay allows you to start an effect a certain number of seconds after another effect has started, and before it finishes. The result is an overlap of effects—they don't have to be completely simultaneous or sequential.

Also, you will learn to use the Advanced Timeline to synchronize animation timings and set animation speed. For more about this course, read this page fully, and then click the Next button to start the first lesson.

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