Office hacks: “One stroke, one painting” to teach children to write Chinese characters

For language or calligraphy teachers, in order to make children’s writing more standardized and beautiful, teachers often create handwriting effects of Chinese characters for children to observe. In PowerPoint 2016, you can easily achieve the handwriting animation effect for any font or any text. Next, I will take the Chinese character “JiFei” as an example and introduce you how to achieve it.

Add a sample Chinese character

Run PowerPoint, create a PPT document named “Handwritten Text. Then insert a background image, and then in the “Start” tab, select the “Text Box” button, insert a text box anywhere in the slide. Finally, type the text “Jiffy” in the text box, set the text according to the needs of the font, color and size can be (Figure 1).

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Tip: the production of PPT animation by stroke, you need to use PowerPoint’s “merge shape” function, but PowerPoint 2016 version in the default state of the function is not displayed, you need to make some settings: click “File → Options → Customize Ribbon” to bring up the “PowerPoint Options” dialog box (Figure 2), respectively, a new tab named “Merge Shape” and the group, and finally select the upper left corner of the “not in the ribbon command” and the following “intersecting shapes”, click “OK” can be.

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Splitting strokes one by one

Select the Rectangle button in the Start tab and insert a rectangle into the slide, then resize it and rotate it to move to the first stroke of the Chinese character “智 –The rectangle is then resized and rotated to cover the first stroke of the Chinese character “智” – the apostrophe (Figure 3).

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Finally, select the text box and rectangle at the same time, in the new “Merge Shapes” tab, click the “Intersect” button, the Chinese character “Chi” in the first stroke of the apostrophe to “key” out (Figure 4).

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Stroke “skim” keyed out, paste it into a new PPT document and save it, and then press the Ctrl + Z shortcut several times to undo all the operations and return to the state shown in Figure 1. According to the above steps, all the strokes related to the Chinese character “ji fei” will be “keyed” out for backup. In addition, the “strokes” can be filled with color according to your needs to make the Chinese character more beautiful.

Add animation effects

Select the Chinese character shown in Figure 1 and right-click it, select “Place on Bottom → Place on Bottom” to place the character on the bottom layer, and then paste all the strokes previously keyed out to cover all the strokes of the Chinese character “智飞” (Figure 5).

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and then select the “wisdom” of the first stroke – skim, click “Add Animation → More Exit Effects → Erase”, for the “skim “to add an erase animation effect. Finally double-click the “Animation Pane” in the newly appeared animation options, in the open “Erase” dialog box “Effects” tab, the “direction “parameter is modified to “from the right” on it (Figure 6).

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In the same way, add erase animation effects for the other strokes of the Chinese character “Ji Fei”, and then modify the “Start” parameter in the “Timing” tab of the “Erase” dialog box to “After the last animation” (Figure 7).

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Tip: Since the writing order of Chinese characters follows the rules of “top to bottom” and “left to right”, for “top to bottom” strokes (such as vertical strokes) and “left to right” strokes (such as horizontal strokes), in the “Erase” dialog box, “Effect” tab, change the “Direction” parameter to the corresponding “From Top” and “From Left”.

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After the above steps, the text with the effect of writing by stroke is ready, press the F5 shortcut key, you can see the black Chinese character “Ji Fei” (as shown in Figure 5 above, the stroke fill color is set to black). Click the mouse anywhere in the slide, you will find the Chinese character “Ji Fei” black strokes disappear in turn, revealing the white Chinese characters (Figure 8).

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