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Tutorial for Design Elements 017 – Rounded Edge Layouts

These layouts can be used for developing photo collages. Additionally, there can be a combination text in some segments and photos in others. Layouts like these help to make a slide that has a brief message more interesting and provides visual support to the message.This series contains 3-segment to 10-segment layout configurations, which should provide enough variation to create collages with different numbers of segments and still maintain a consistent look.


Customizing the relational elements

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the photo layout, 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.

You can place the layout onto a platform (see the series example). If you do, use the rectangle with round edges as the platform – it will look better than a rectangle with corners.


Color variations

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. Do not eliminate the lines unless the pieces are different colors or if you're using white. If you will be importing photos, you can decide whether you want lines or not – your choice.

If you wish to color the photographs (as in the series example), go to the Gradients, patterns, and pictures section below


PowerPoint 2007 options

The bevels look especially good when applied to the photo layouts (see the series example). The drop shadows are also appealing when applied to the individual sections of the layouts.


3D variations

3D effects can be used, but use short depths and apply 3D consistently or the set will not work as a set any longer. Be sure to change the layer order depending on the direction of the 3D.


Shadows

Shadows can be used, but use short depths and apply shadows consistently or the set will not work as a set any longer. Be sure to change the layer order depending on the direction of the shadow.


Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients work well with these frameworks if you're using the sections to contain text. Apply the gradients for each consistently.

If you want to use photographs and are using PowerPoint 2007, you can also tint the photographs to give them the same "value." Many times the perfect photograph cannot be used because the colors don't sync with the rest of the collage or the template colors. The ability to tint photographs in PowerPoint 2007 eliminates this problem. The photographs can be tinted by clicking on the imported photograph – the picture format menu will pop up – and selecting a color from the "Recolor" menu.

You can still "tint" in pre-PowerPoint 2007 versions, but it takes a couple of steps (these steps are for importing different photos into each segment):

  1. First you need to duplicate the layout you want to use and set one layout aside. You'll need the other to apply the "tint"
  2. Then format the photograph(s) you want to use as grayscale. You can do this in the "Format picture" menu – just change color to grayscale
  3. Import the photographs into the shapes (use the link below to go to the FAQ about working with photographs)
  4. The last step is to overlay the duplicate layout perfectly over the layout that contains the pictures. Apply a color to the layout and make them semitransparent (maybe between 50-75% transparency). The layout is tinted.

The next step is to import the photographs into the sections of the layout. Refer to the FAQs below for instructions.


Animations

These frameworks work best when simple reveals are used. Unless you are using the sections to contain text, you can just set the animation in action with one click. The sections can fade in one after another until the collage is complete (see the downloadable animation scheme).

If you use the sections for text, you will probably want a more controlled animation scheme. Click on each section to make it appear, etc.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

DE017 – Design Element 017 – Rounded-Edge Layouts

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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