Tutorial for Arrow Variation 008 – Arrows in Perspective
Using Arrow Variations
Arrow variations are series of more specialized flow concepts, used either to illustrate a precise message or to add emphasis and interest to the page.
These frameworks, although drawn in 1D, give perspective to the page. These types of perspectives are difficult to draw in PowerPoint, so you don't see them all the time. They all show a convergence of multiple items from two different directions. Use them as is or delete the top or bottom sets to if you don't want a "converge" message.
Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework arrow variation, download it to a specific location on your computer so you'll be able to find it (the desktop is always a good choice).
Customizing your PowerFrameworks Arrow Variations
Group the PowerFramework and then adjust as a single object to desired size. Ungroup and then apply further customizations.
Notice that when the height is reduced (as in the second row above, the perspective is more pronounced.
Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the PowerFramework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Select "No line" if you want to eliminate the outline of the object, or change the line point size if you want thinner or heaver lines.
3D effects don't really work with this kind of framework. The 3D effect actually eliminates the perspective of these frameworks.
Shadows can be used with these frameworks. Try out a few to see what looks best for your application.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients can add much to frameworks like these. If you overlay text on the pieces of these frameworks, just be sure that the gradient does not range too far from light to dark or the text will not show up clearly. Also, select your patterns carefully for the same reason. The example on the right above is a great gradient application, especially if there is text associated to the arrows.
Animation of this type of flow can be accomplished in a few different ways: wipe as a whole from top/bottom, wipe each individual piece, fade in, etc.