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Tutorial for Design Elements 007, 008, and 009 – Bevels

Using the White-Filled Beveled Tablets

The frameworks in these three series are white-filled fields with a beveled edge and no shadow for use in pre-PowerPoint 2007 presentations. They are primarily for use as a platform for logos and graphics that have a background. White backgrounds on logos and graphics are fine when your template background is white, but they look ragged and unprofessional on colored backgrounds.


Customizing the White-Filled Beveled Tablets

Sizing

It is important to choose the framework within the series that is sized closest to its intended use. Sizing the framework also sizes the bevel, which you want to be as close to original size as possible for the sake of consistency. Once you have the closest sized framework on the page, either adjust the size of the photograph/graphic (which is the better choice) or grab a handle of the framework and adjust the beveled tablet until it is sized just right.


Color

You cannot apply color to these frameworks by selecting fill or line colors. If you are using PowerPoint 2007, however, you can change the color by recoloring the design element as a photograph: make the design element active, click on "format," click on "Recolor," and choose your color.

For more on how to color PNG images read the FAQ - How can I recolor the PNGs in the Design Elements Category?


3D variations

These frameworks cannot accept 3D effects.


Shadows

It's probably best to refrain from using shadows unless you are using PowerPoint 2007.


Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients cannot be added to these frameworks.


Animations

Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. Simple reveals and fades work well. Do not animate the design element separately from the photograph/graphic/text with which it is associated.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

DE007 – Design Element 007 – Beveled Ovals

Possible use example

DE008 – Design Element 008 – Beveled Rectangle

Possible use example

DE009 – Design Element 009 – Round-Corner Beveled Rectangles

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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