Its kinda easy, once you know how.
There are two slightly different effects you can create, and they require
slightly different techniques.
To have the names scroll out from a point 1" above the bottom of the screen,
just create a block that looks exactly like the background. The easiest way
to do this is to make your background a real background (not just a picture
in front of the background). Then insert a rectangle and size it to cover
the width of the slide and 1" tall. Place it along the bottom edge. Now
click on Format => Autoshape => (section) Fill => Color (pulldown) =>
Background => (section) Line => Color (pulldown) => No Line.
To have the names fade in, do the above, then export the shape to a graphic
editing program and fade out the upper edge. Save it as a PNG (which
supports transparency) and re-insert it into PowerPoint. Move and size the
shape to overlap the bottom of the slide. The names will come up under it
appearing to fade in.
In both cases use the same technique to create the top masking shape. Just
make sure that the masking blocks are on top of all the text (right click =>
Order => Move to front).
If neither of these is the effect you were going for, post back with a bit
more of what you envision, so we can help you achieve it.
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