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Tutorial for Circular Flows 027 and 028 – Expanded Basic

Using Circular Flows 027 and 028

Circular flows depict virtuous and vicious cycles. These two particular versions of cycles are and expansion of the most widely used: CF003 and CF004. CF027 has no wings and CF028 has wings. Other than that, there is no difference between the two series. The wings/no wings (wings are the arrow points that stick out beyond the shaft of the arrow) preference is dictated by what is being used throughout the rest of the document/presentation. You want to be sure you are building a consistent looking message.

The series example shows a cycle that is built from segments from CF003/CF027 and CF004/CF028, which gives you lots more possibilities.

The 24-segment variation can also be used to present the hours of the day: sort of an expanded clock. Use color to create time spans.

The center can be populated with the name of the cycle or a photograph. The segments can be numbered so a starting and stopping point can be established. Associated text can be placed outside the cycle framework next to each segment. Instead of using horizontal text for the segment labels, you can also use arc formats of WordArt.

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 Circular Flow

Adjust size

To resize this PowerFramework, you need to group it and scale it while resizing (hold the shift key down while you resize). This is important to do or it will become distorted.

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 lines.

3D variations

3D effects are not recommended for circular flows unless the depth is very, very small. Otherwise, the circles turn into pipes. If you do use 3D, be sure the order of the pieces is correct so that the 3D effect of the pieces do not block out the other pieces, which will disrupt the 3D effect. Also, when the pieces of a 3D framework are close together, the individual pieces become indistinct. You can you use variations of the same color to create more distinction between the segments. Be aware that using 3D darkens the colors of the object.


Shadows are tricky with this type of framework. You should be very careful, because most of the shadow effects in the menu disrupt the look of the framework, which will detract from the message you are trying to send. Also, make any layering adjustments so that the shadow from one section does not overlap the primary part of another section.

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 the circular flow part of this type of framework. Remember not to make the gradient too radical from light to dark because the text that will be placed in the segment will need to contrast with the segment in order to be readable.


Animations of circular flows can be wipes or fade in to show progression, basically anything that does not fly in from an unconnected origin.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

CF027 – Circular Flow 027 – Expanded Basic

Possible use example

CF028 – Circular Flow 028 – Expanded Basic

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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