Tutorial for Arrow Variation 001 and 002 – Chevron/Arrow Cutout
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 two series can also be used as bullet alternatives or as a device to highlight an active bullet in a list and provide a spot for additional detail to the right. These series can also be used as a takeaway thought at the bottom of the page - make it a standardized field on your page and use it consistently throughout your document. There is also a framework within these series that has an exit arrow. This can be used for a three-part message: use a circle, oval, box, or other method of highlighting the "end result" to add more interest.
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
If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, just grab the handles and resize, as these frameworks consist of only one object. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations.
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.
A 3D effect adds volume to the PowerFramework, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after it is imported. Be sure that the depth of the 3D is set at about 12 points or less or the cutout arrow will fill in and your text will not show up distinctly.
A shadow effect adds interest and dimension to a graphic, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after the PowerFramework has been imported.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu. Pictures can also be imported and sized.
Animations of flows should be restricted to wipes, peak in, crawl in, fly in, etc., from the left to compliment and strengthen the effect of the flow.