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Tutorial for Horizontal Flows 005 and 006 – Left-Side Cut

Using Horizontal Flows 005 and 006

These frameworks are some of the most basic and commonly used horizontal flow structures. They are used to show steps, timing, phases, processes, and a multitude of other concepts that require a linear flow. Notice the cutout at the beginning of the flow. This implies that there is something prompting the beginning of the flow process.

Use these frameworks with other frameworks for added interest on the page and clarity of your messages.

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework, 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 Horizontal Flow

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. You can also adjust the space between the pieces by ungrouping and nudging them to suit your purpose.

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. 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.

3D variation

A 3D effect adds volume to the PowerFramework, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after it is imported. Use medium-size depth, like 24 points, so the shadow portion of the framework does not overpower the front, where the text will be. Be aware that the 3D tool, when applied, changes the color of the object and gives a shading effect as well. The layer order is important when working with 3D objects. After you apply 3D, reorder the individual objects if necessary by sending to back or bringing to front, etc.


A shadow effect adds interest and dimension to a graphic, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after the PowerFramework has been imported. If you want to place text above or below the framework and the shadows are in the way, the colors/shades of the shadows can be adjusted so the text will "pop."

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu. Gradients, when carefully used, can also add motion to a flow such as this.


The object that feeds this flow can appear in a more expressive way. The animations of flows should be restricted to wipes, peak in, crawl in, fly in, etc., from the left or right to show a build and to enhance the effect of the flow.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

HF005 – Horizontal Flow 005 – Left-Side Cut

Possible use example

HF006 – Horizontal Flow 006 – Left-Side Cut

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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