Tutorial for Arrow Variation 003 – Segmented Chevron
Using the Segmented Chevron
This series is a great way to show multiples acting as one influence. You can also use several of them in a line as an alternative to a traditional horizontal flow. These are best used when just a little bit of text is needed, as they don't lend themselves well to lots of associated bulleted text.
Once you have identified the best-suited segmented chevron, 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 Segmented Chevrons
If you want to change the size/shape of any of these frameworks, be sure to group them and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. If you use different variations of this series on the page or within the document, import all of them onto one page and size together so they will be consistently sized.
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. You can also change the line point size if you want thinner or heaver lines. Just be sure that the lines are not so large that they obscure the divisions between the segments within the chevron.
A 3D effect adds volume to the PowerFramework, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after it is imported. When using 3D for multiple elements on a page, make sure you use the same dimensions (depth and direction of the 3D effect) for a more polished look.
If you apply a bevel, be sure that the top width of the bevel is small: maybe 3.5 points. This makes for a cleaner bevel when the pieces are small, such as the segments within the chevrons.
A shadow adds interest and dimension to a graphic, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after the segmented chevron has been imported. Any of these types of shadows can work. Try several different shadow schemes to determine what works best. Since this framework works best without lots of associated bullets, you can choose from a greater variety of shadow options (your shadows will not interfere with surrounding associated text).
The drop shadows in PowerPoint 2007 look especially nice.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu in pre-PowerPoint 2007. Apply gradients in the "Format Shape…" menu in PowerPoint 2007. Click here to review the FAQ entitled, "How do I create photographs in different shapes from rectangular photographs" to help you with this process.
Flow animations 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.