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Tutorial for Arrow Variation 013 – Nesting Arrows

Using Arrow Variation 013

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.

Rather than a segment-to-segment flow, these frameworks show many objects flowing together to a single outcome.

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 to add dimension. Just be sure you adjust the layering correctly. For the example above, the top section is placed in front of the bottom section. From other 3D angles, you would have to reverse the layering. Pay attention to this.


A shadow effect may be used on the lines to add interest and volume, but keep the shadows close. Otherwise the shadows will fall into areas you want to put text. Layering is a consideration, depending on which way the shadow falls.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients, when carefully used, can add motion to a flow such as this.The darker, more concentrated color is at the point end of the arrow.The gradient treatment on the right is a particular favorite with us.This is a vertical gradient with the second color adjusted to 100% transparency.The fade is a nice effect.


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

Series that relate to this tutorial:

AV013 – Arrow Variation 013 – Nesting 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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