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Tutorial for Relationships 009 – Layered Cylinder

Using the Cylinders

These frameworks are variations on core and layer concepts. The cylinders can be used as columns or pillars in organizational structures, which show the internal makeup of a function or department represented as a pillar. They can also serve as a visual analogy for core attributes, activities, or items radiating out to subsequent layers.

The cylinders work well as a stand-alone illustration or used with a foundation and supporting a platform above, as in the example.

Also see RE010, sphere, for a core and layer concept option.

Customizing the Cylinders

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the cylinder, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. If you are using more than one framework in this series, import them both and size them at the same time. Then place each on their respective pages and begin customizations. They will be uniformly sized

Color variations

Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the cylinder will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. The bright colors in the example below are the template palette colors. The "shaded" part of the cylinder are colored with darker hues of the palette colors. You'll need to create these as you color this frameworks: 1) color the shaded segment the same color as the light palette color; 2) double click on the shaded section you want to change; 3) in the Format AutoShape menu, click on the downward pointing arrow on the far right of the fill color display; 4) click on "More Colors" and then the "Custom" tab; 5) drag the arrow next to the gradient column down until you like the "shaded" color; 6) click okay twice or until you get back to the sphere drawing on your slide. The shaded field should now have the darker hue you chose. Do this until all of the shaded segments are darkened.

Make the line colors the same as the fill colors.

3D variations

Do not apply 3D to these cylinders.


Do not apply shadows to these cylinders.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Do not apply gradients, patterns, or pictures to these spheres. These effects make the cylinders look less realistic.


Animations of the layers can be added in two ways: 1) from the outside in or 2) starting with the outside of the cylinder, then build from the inside out. Download the animation scheme to see how you might use animation with these frameworks. Otherwise, just animate the whole cylinder as a single reveal and the labels for each on clicks separately as you speak.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

RE009 – Relationship 009 – Layered Cylinder

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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