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Tutorial for Concepts 066 – Walking Tightrope

Using the Tightrope Concept

The walking-the-tightrope concept can be applied to many situations: decision making, negotiating a narrow opportunity, finding a niche, careful progression, and so on. You downloaded one of two versions:

  • V01, 03, and 05: PowerPoint download that contains the illustrations broken up into separate fields, ready to accept formatting.
  • V02, 04, and 06: PowerPoint download that contains the illustrations in PNG format, which cannot be broken up or edited. They are available for use as a black and white illustration, which may work just fine for you. Using the PNG format means that you don't have to deal with many fields. If you're working in PowerPoint 2007, you can recolor the PNGs using the picture formatting tools. This gives some flexibility in appearance.

The following tutorial is written primarily for the v01 download, since the v02 download cannot be formatted.

Customizing your PowerFrameworks Concept

Adjust size

Each of the two versions have the full series of Stanleys in the download. This assures that the sizing is exact and ready for your use. Remember, as with all groups of illustrations or graphics, if you need to resize, resize them all together as a group. Then ungroup and redistribute to their proper place in the presentation. This is important for the sake of continuity and consistency. Just delete any Stanleys that you don't need.

When using the fence, it's okay to have the edges of the fence fall off the active part of the slide. The edges won't be visible.

When using the bent poles, simply add lines to serve as string/rope to carry the load. The example below has just a labeled box as the load, but you can use clipart, logos, photographs, or anything that represents a load.

Color variations

These fields can be colored like clipart. Applying color can sync the illustration to your template (hues of your template colors, as in the example above left) or you can make it look realistic (brown hair, blue eyes, etc., without regard to template color considerations, as in the example above right).

Colorizing illustrations may take a small time commitment. Be sure that you get all of the fields colored correctly – it is not a push-button operation. Be sure that the eyes are filled in so that they do not appear "dead." Eyebrows and button should be filled, they're easy to miss. Just be sure to view your colorized illustration at about 300% to be sure you got everything before you consider it final.

Other coloring options: make Stanley whoever you want. When you get the skin tone that you want, just be sure to use that some color - only a little darker - to create the outlines.

2007 options

These types of illustrations do not benefit from effects formatting. You should stay away from these and stick to the line and fill colors only.

3D variations

3D does not look good with illustrations.


Don't use shadows on this type of framework.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

You can use gradients to add a 3D effect. You may want to add a gradient to the hair (lighter on top and darker below) for added realism. Be careful about the range of the gradient, however. Too much variance will look bad.


Stanley teeters on the wire in the downloaded example. The animation is very subtle, so it will not distract from the message you are conveying – just enough to add a little interest. The animation used was a clockwise-counterclockwise-clockwise spin at very low percentages (check the animation formatting in the animation example for precise percentages).

As with all animations, use it to enhance the message, not to steal away attention from it.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

CN066 – Concept 066 – Walking Tightrope

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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