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Tutorial for Arrow Variation 012 – Step Arrows

Using Arrow Variation 012

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 magnitude as the flow progresses. The right-hand arrow implies that there is a result.

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.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

AV012 – Arrow Variation 012 – Step 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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