Tutorial for Horizontal Flows 016 and 020 – Horizontal Splits
Using the Horizontal Flows 016 and 020
Flows are the most widely used design element/framework in presentations: steps, cause and effect, definition, process, progression, etc. Because flow applications are so broad, they need to developed in a tremendous number of variations in order to illustrate an exact message. Think carefully about the message you are attempting to convey and search for the PowerFramework that is best suited for the purpose. The example below is actually a mix between HF004, HF016, and HF020.
Use these frameworks with other frameworks or on its independently. Series hf004, hf016, and hf020 are designed to be used together, although you can mix and match with many others as well. The width and length sizing is exactly the same for all, but the number of horizontal segments varies. The horizontal segments of the arrow make it easy to highlight or color code sections of the whole, if desired.
Customizing the Horizontal Flows
If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. If you are using segments from other series, as mentioned above, bring them all onto your page and size them together so that they will fit together perfectly.
You can also adjust the space between the pieces by ungrouping and nudging them to suit your purpose.
Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the PowerFramework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Select "No line" if you want to eliminate the outline of the object, or change the line point size if you want thinner or heaver lines.
The segments are somewhat indistinct in 3D. The segments blend into each other and no line can be applied to help define them. You may want to forgo using 3D. But if you choose to apply 3D, use a short depth. Also, depending on which way your 3D faces, you may need to change the layer order of the pieces of the framework. Also, be aware that the 3D effect changes the color of the framework slightly.
A shadow effect adds interest and dimension to a graphic, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after the PowerFramework has been imported. If you want to place text above or below the framework and the shadows are in the way, the colors/shades of the shadows can be adjusted so the text will "pop." Make sure your layering is correct so that the shadow does not obscure any of your primary figures.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu. Gradients, when carefully used, can also add motion to a flow such as this.
The animation of flows can be brought in one after the other as wipes, peak in, crawl in, fly in, etc., from the left or right to show a build and to enhance the effect of the flow.