Tutorial for Design Elements 033, 034, 035, 036, 037, and 038
Using the Raised/Recessed Bevels
These six series of bevels are developed to work with templates with medium-to-dark backgrounds (use DE033, DE035, and DE037) and light-to-medium backgrounds (use DE034, DE036, and DE038). When used with photos underneath (as in the series example), you can use any background you like.
The bevels can be used to show a recessed field or a raised field. They can also be used as design bevels. Place a photo under the bevel and you get a very finished, polished look (as in the series example). You can also use the recessed and raised bevels to illustrate emptiness and fill (as in the Chart of the Month for September 2008).
Take a look at series DE035 and DE036: they are not merely design elements – the raised and recessed bevels illustrate opposites and, therefore, illustrate a concept. These series can also be used to illustrate halves that make a whole – another concept.
Choose the size that is most appropriate for your intended use and adjust the sizing as little as possible. If you import a a large oval and size it down too far, you lose much of the shadow effect. You want to preserve the size of the shadow as much as possible.
Customizing the Rounded Rectangle/Square Shadows
The bevel variations are developed in 1/2" increments so that minimal manual sizing is necessary. This is important because consistently sized bevel depths create the best, professional results. For example, if more than one bevel is used on a slide and one of the bevels has been sized, the bevel depth and breadth will be different from the other(s). The illusion of depth is ruined. Try never to size the bevels.
There is only one download, which encourages you to easily select the appropriately sized bevels when developing your presentations. Therefore, the download is larger than most other PowerFrameworks downloads, so it may take a little extra time to complete the download.
You cannot apply color to these frameworks by selecting fill or line colors. If you are using PowerPoint 2007, however, you can change the color by recoloring the design element as a photograph: make the design element active, click on "format," click on "Recolor," and choose your color.
The lower right-hand side of the bevels in DE034 and DE038 disappear when used over pure white backgrounds. To avoid this, create a little "platform" field and place it between the white background and the graphics.
For more on how to color PNG images read the FAQ - How can I recolor the PNGs in the Design Elements Category?
These frameworks cannot accept 3D effects.
No shadows can be applied to these in PowerPoint 2003. Don't apply shadows to these in PowerPoint 2007. They already have shadows build into the bevels.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients cannot be added to these frameworks. Photographs look very polished when placed under the bevels. Because the bevels have a rounded edge, draw a rounded edge graphic that matches the size of the bevel, and use the technique that is explained in the FAQ "How do I create photographs in different shapes from rectangular photographs?" to bring the photograph into the rounded-edge graphic. Place the newly imported photograph under the bevel.
Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. Simple reveals and fades work well. Do not animate the design element separately from the photograph/graphic/text with which it is associated.