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Tutorial for Bullet Alternative 005 – Shooting Bullets

Using Bullet Alternatives

Here is another way to present list items. The example to the right illustrates how a bulleted list might be restructured into a more interesting layout.

Customizing your bullet alternative

Adjust size

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. The emf files are set up to contain the total number of segments. Place the downloaded emf on your page and position it where it looks the best or best suits your purposes. Ungroup and delete the blank field behind the framework. If there are three segments, as in the example above, copy the page containing the emf framework three times and place each page appropriately within the presentation.

The PowerPoint frameworks come in as individual pages for each segment. Just place each page appropriately within the presentation.

Color variations

Select color from your document’s color palette or a complimentary color so that the frameworks will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Select “No line” if you want to eliminate the outline on the bullet alternatives (all of the examples use fills and no lines).

Each PowerPoint download in this series contains all of the individual divider pages with each of the fields highlighted. Color is used as a highlighting tool with these frameworks, therefore, resist the urge to color each field differently just to add variation.

Also, the best colors to use for highlighting are those that strongly contrast with other "resting" fields in the set.

2007 options

Many of the Powerpoint 2007 effects work well with these frameworks. The glows and the reflections didn't look as nice as the others, but try a few to see what you like and, more importantly, what will complement the template and the other style choices in the presentation.

3D variations

3D effects work well, but you may want to nudge the left ends of the frameworks off the page for a cleaner onscreen/printout look. Also, shorter 3D depths tend to look better. Make sure you reduce the depth to about 6 or 12 points.


Shadows also work well, but you may want to nudge the left ends of the frameworks off the page for a cleaner onscreen/printout look.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients work exceedingly well with these frameworks.


Lots of animation schemes work with these frameworks. For example, you can animate so that the highlighted framework flies in from the left and then followed by its associated text appearing. The downloadable animation scheme provides a good animation scheme as well.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

BA005 – Bullet Alternatives 005 – Shooting Bullets

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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