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Tutorial for Arrow Variation 023 – Ricochet Arrows

These arrow sets are for use when you need to convey a ricochet action or arrow redirect. They are not the usual swooping arrows that are commonly seen. The work well with the bubble series (CN048) when you want to show something that is protected but is being assaulted (as in the series example). Some of these arrow shafts can even contain text.

There are several sets of arrows in this series. Here's how they break down:

  • V01 through V06 and V11 are editable in PowerPoint. You can apply fill and line colors and all types of formatting.
  • V07 through v10 are not editable in PowerPoint 2003, but they can be recolored in PowerPoint 2007. The series example shows arrows that have been recolored in this manner. There are gradients applied to these arrows.

The V07 through v11 arrows are also drawn as arrows that are moving to the front (large arrows) and moving to the back (small arrows) so that there is some "depth" on the slide.

Once you have identified the best-suited arrow set, 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 the panels

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the arrows in v01 through v06 and v11, be sure to group them and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. The arrows in v07 through v10 are only one field and can be resized at will.

Color variations

For arrows in v01 through v06 and v11, select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the arrows reflect the color scheme of the rest of your presentation. A nice effect is to color the two shafts different hues of the same color.

The arrows in v07 through v10 can be colored in PowerPoint 2007, but not in PowerPoint 2003. In PowerPoint 2007, simply use the tool that recolors photographs.

3D variations

One of the series (v06) is drawn in 3D, so don't apply 3D to those arrows. The other arrows in v01 through v05 can accept 3D as long as the depth is exceptionally small. Otherwise the connection point for the two arrow shafts don't look realistic. You're better off to just use v06 and color the different fields to suggest light and shadow.


The drop shadows in PowerPoint 2007 are okay to use, but the shadows in PowerPoint 2003 are not that great looking: they actually tend to make the arrow look less realistic.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients and semitransparencies are a good combination for the arrows in v01 through v05.


There is no animated example for this series, because the arrows cannot be animated except with simple reveals.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

AV023 – Arrow Variation 023 – Ricochet Arrows

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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