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
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.
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?
These frameworks cannot accept 3D effects.
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 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.