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Tutorial for Concepts 062- Puppet/Marionette

Using the Puppet Concept

The puppet concept can be applied to many situations: controls, breaking free from controls, bringing something to life, connecting an entity to a force, pulling strings, etc. All of these puppet downloads have controlling hands, but you don't need to use them. The strings can just go up to an implied puppet master. The strings can be labeled, the different parts of Stanley (the puppet) can be labeled, etc. There are two versions of these illustrations:

  • The EMFs are a PowerPoint download that contains the illustrations broken up into separate fields. 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) or you can make it look realistic (brown hair, blue eyes, etc., without regard to template color considerations).

  • The PNGs is a 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 are using PowerPoint 2007, however, you can recolor the PNGs using the picture recoloring option. The lines have been added as PowerPoint lines and can, therefore, be removed or edited.

The following tutorial is written primarily for the v01 download, since the v02 download can only be colored in PowerPoint 2007 using the picture recoloring tool.


Customizing your PowerFrameworks Concept

Adjust size

All of the Stanley downloads have been sized so that they work perfectly together. 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.


Color variations

This is the color example from cn066 (Stanley the tightrope walker), but they apply to Stanley the puppet as well. The fields in the EMF downloads 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.


Shadows

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.


Animations

The animated download is not actually animated. There is no real way to bring the puppet to life. Even fading from one position to another creates a problem with the strings attaching. Just use the puppets on separate pages for the best effect.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

CN062 – Concept 062 – Puppet/Marionette

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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