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Tutorial for Relationships 011 – Broadcast Ovals

Using Broadcast Ovals

This series shows directional radiation from the side-center. These are layered ovals on top of each other, all equidistant and uniform. They are layered ovals so shading and 3D effects can be applied. This is another example of a seemingly simple framework that is time-consuming to draw.

Customizing Broadcast Ovals

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. If you are using more than one framework in this series, import them both and size them at the same time. Then place each on their respective pages and begin customizations. They will be uniformly sized

Color variations

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. Do not eliminate the lines unless the pieces are different colors. These frameworks seem to work better if one color is used, but that color gets lighter as it broadcasts out.

The above example uses transparency to tell the story. All of the circles were colored gray and made 70% transparent. The different shades of gray are due to layering; the top piece is picking up some of the color from the layers below it, and so forth. This is a good method to show something radiating from the smallest oval. Eliminate the lines if you format as transparencies.

3D variations

Use a very short 3D depth for this framework or appear as cylinders.


Be conservative with shadows. Because of the layering, the shadows from the pieces in the front can obscure the bottom pieces if the shadows are too long. If you want the ovals to appear as one item, do not apply shadows to the inner ovals. Shadows applied to the inner ovals give the appearance of separate layered objects as in the example above.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients can be used to create a distinction between the pieces. The lines can then be eliminated.


Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. Simple reveals like wipes from the left are best with this type of framework.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

RE011 – Relationship 011 – Broadcast Ovals

Possible use example

Links to instructions for getting the framework into your presentation

  1. Determine the best file type for your needs
  2. Download the file
  3. Import the framework into your presentation
    1. Importing a PPT file
    2. Importing a EMF or PNG
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