Tutorial for Ribbon Flows – Arcs
Using Arc Ribbon Flows 003 and 004
These arc frameworks can be used as a bridge or as a connection. The flow aspect would illustrate steps or sequence. There are other bridge frameworks in the Concepts Category if you'd like to explore other options.
These frameworks are best when used with other frameworks/graphics/photographs. Put together a "story" to delivery your message.
Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework, 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 the Arc Flows
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. You can also adjust the space between the pieces.
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. Use medium-size depth, like 12 points, so the shadow portion of the framework does not overpower the front, where the text will be. Be aware that the 3D tool, when applied, changes the color of the object and gives a shading effect as well. The layer order is important when working with 3D objects. After you apply 3D, reorder the individual objects if necessary by sending to back or bringing to front, etc.
A shadow effect adds interest and dimension to a graphic, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after the PowerFramework has been imported. If you want to place text above or below the framework and the shadows are in the way, the colors/shades of the shadows can be adjusted so the text will "pop."
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu. Gradients, when carefully used, can also add motion to a flow such as this.
Animations of flows should be restricted to wipes, peak in, crawl in, fly in, etc., from the left or right to show a build and to enhance the effect of the flow.