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Tutorial for Relationships 033 – Nested Spheres

Using the Spheres

This series uses animation to reveal the interior spheres, unlike series RE010. All of the downloads are preanimated. All you need to do is apply your own colors and replace the label text with your own text. Take a look at the flash to see how every variation in this series has been animated.

The variations in this series can be used to show all types of layering from core to casing. The layers can signify a progression of steps, underlying forces or influences, behind-the-scenes activities, and many other concepts.


Customizing the Spheres

Adjust size

Adjusting size is pretty tricky. If you group everything and resize it together, all of the animation will be lost. It will then be necessary to reanimate each layer that is supposed to spin. If at all possible, use the nested spheres in the size provided.

If you decide to group everything, resize, and ungroup, you'll find the animation formulas below under "Animation."


Color variations

You'll need to understand the layering before you can begin customizing the colors. The graphic below shows the layers spread out horizontally so you can see them.

Color the layers top to bottom. Once you have selected a color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color, click on layer 1 and change to the desired color (make the line colors the same as the fill). Then send it to back and proceed with coloring layer 2. Layer 2 is a group, so click on the group and then click on the part of the group that you wish to recolor – it will be active and you can recolor without ungrouping Layer 2. Then send Layer 2 to back and color layer 3. Apply all colors in this manner until Layer 1 is on top again.


PowerPoint 2007 options

There aren't any special options that would be effective here. It's best to keep these simple since they are spin animated. Bevels or drop shadows would spin with the pieces, making the whole graphic appear unrealistic and unprofessional.


3D variations

Do not apply 3D to these spheres.


Shadows

Do not apply shadows to these spheres.


Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Do not apply gradients, patterns, or pictures to these spheres. These effects make the sphere look less realistic.


Animations

Animation is tricky, which is why PowerFrameworks has animated every download for you. But if you need to resize your spheres, you will need to reapply animation to the layers that spin. Below is a graphic to help you identify the layers that need to be animated. There is a table of animation spin percentages below the graphic that will help you quickly reanimate your sphere layers.

The last, inner-most sphere does not get any animation. So the animation schemes for the different sets of nested spheres are as follows.

2 spheres
Sphere group 1
180 degrees counterclockwise
3 spheres
Sphere group 1
Sphere group 2
180 degrees counterclockwise
90 degrees counterclockwise
4 spheres
Sphere group 1
Sphere group 2
Sphere group 3
180 degrees counterclockwise
120 degrees counterclockwise
60 degrees counterclockwise
5 spheres
Sphere group 1
Sphere group 2
Sphere group 3
Sphere group 4
180 degrees counterclockwise
144 degrees counterclockwise
108 degrees counterclockwise
72 degrees counterclockwise
6 spheres
Sphere group 1
Sphere group 2
Sphere group 3
Sphere group 4
Sphere group 5
180 degrees counterclockwise
150 degrees counterclockwise
120 degrees counterclockwise
90 degrees counterclockwise
60 degrees counterclockwise
7 spheres
Sphere group 1
Sphere group 2
Sphere group 3
Sphere group 4
Sphere group 5
Sphere group 6
180 degrees counterclockwise
182 degrees counterclockwise
156 degrees counterclockwise
130 degrees counterclockwise
104 degrees counterclockwise
78 degrees counterclockwise
8 spheres
Sphere group 1
Sphere group 2
Sphere group 3
Sphere group 4
Sphere group 5
Sphere group 6
Sphere group 7
180 degrees counterclockwise
161 degrees counterclockwise
138 degrees counterclockwise
115 degrees counterclockwise
92 degrees counterclockwise
69 degrees counterclockwise
46 degrees counterclockwise

Series that relate to this tutorial:

RE033 – Relationship 033 – Nested Spheres

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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