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Tutorial for Arrow Variation 011 – Two-Sided Slanting Arrows

Using Arrow Variations 011, 041, and 042

Arrow variations are series of more specialized flow concepts, used either to illustrate a precise message or to add emphasis and interest to the page. This framework is a variation on the basic horizontal flow. The slant implies a greater/lesser magnitude as the flow progresses. The right-hand arrow implies that there is a result.

AV041 and AV042 are good to use when you want to visually convey that a step process is ramping up or down, becoming less or more effective, funneling into a result or building up to a result, etc. They add a level of information to the standard horizontal flow. These two series are companions and can be used together (as in the series example). They also can convey increased intensity or effectiveness, building momentum, etc. Look for opportunities to replace regular horizontal flows with these more visually descriptive flows.

Add text by typing in the arrow segments. Then format the text so that it builds from the middle of the arrow segment. Move the left-hand text margin to the right if you want to create more gutter space within the segments.

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework arrow variation, 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 Arrow Variations

Adjust size

Group this framework and size/scale together. Ungroup and continue customizations.

Color variations

This framework gives the impression of gaining in magnitude, so a color scheme might be fun to use to underscore this message. Choose a color from your palette that has good contrast from the background of your slide. The arrow at the furthermost right will have the darkest color, getting lighter as the framework extends to the left. The concept is that the lighter colors/less bold colors build to the boldest colors to support the message of gaining magnitude.

3D variations

A 3D effect may be used on the lines to add dimension. The example above for this framework uses a 3D effect. Just be sure you adjust the layering of the arrows correctly, depending on the direction of your 3D angle. For example, the framework on the left is layered correctly by bringing the right-most arrow to the front, then the center arrow layered in the middle, and the left-most arrow is in the back. The example on the right is the reverse. Layering is dependent upon the angle of the 3D.


A shadow effect may be used on the lines to add interest and volume, but keep the shadows close. The best methods for applying arrows is similar to the best practices for 3D above. Layering is a consideration, depending on which way the shadow falls.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients can also be used to accentuate the flow direction. Notice that the darker color is at the arrow point, implying that it is getting stronger as it builds.


To animate this type of PowerFramework, enter of the arrows by wiping from the left or fading in. Simple reveals are best.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

AV011 – Arrow Variation 011 – Two-Sided Slanting Arrows

Possible use example

AV041 – Arrow Variation 041 – Reducing Arrows

Possible use example

AV042 – Arrow Variation 042 – Expanding 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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