Tutorial for Arrow Variation 006 – Horizontally Split Arrows
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.
Use this series to show small text fields that make up a whole that flows into or affects another element. These frameworks work best when used independent of other associated text fields (there is no real elegant way to attach associated text to the arrow pieces).
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
Group the PowerFramework and then adjust as a single object to desired size. Ungroup and then apply further 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.
This PowerFramework can be used as a 3D object, but the depth of the 3D has to be fairly shallow. The depth on these three examples is 12 points. Anything above 12 points will cause the pieces of the framework to interfere (overlap) with the others.
Similar to the 3D restrictions above, this PowerFramework needs to have a very close shadow so that it appears cohesive and so the shadows do not interfere (overlap) with the primary pieces of the framework.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients can add much to frameworks like these. If you overlay text on the pieces of these frameworks, just be sure that the gradient does not range too far from light to dark or the text will not show up clearly. Also, select your patterns carefully for the same reason. Importing pictures into these frameworks gets tricky and may not be worth the effort for the result it produces - you decide.
Animation of this type of flow can be accomplished in a few different ways: wipe as a whole from left, wipe each individual piece, fade in, etc. You can also just animate the text for each segment of the framework as reveals on clicks.