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Tutorial for Design Elements 019 – Chart Design

These chart design elements are very useful to liven up slides that discuss charting concepts or data-based analysis, trends/findings, or research but do not actually include any data-driven charts. They can be formatted to reflect the colors within any presentation color/style presets or preferences. They are stylish and a good alternative to a photograph.


Customizing the vertically sliced circles

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the circles, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. If you are using more than one framework in this series, import them both and size them at the same time. Then place each on their respective pages and begin customizations. They will be uniformly sized.


Color variations

The color for the gridlines can be changed by changing the fill color. If you'd like to make them thicker, add lines that are the same color as the fill.

There are also a set of PNG grids. These grids are faded out in sections of the grid. There are two sets: one for light backgrounds and one for dark backgrounds. They are more "designy" than the other grids in the series. Draw your own data-driven chart pieces and place them over the PNG grids or use some from the other frameworks in the series.

The PNG versions with the fades can be tinted in PowerPoint 2007 by changing the color of the "photograph." PowerPoint 2007 sees PNGs as photographs. No color adjustments can be made to the PNGs in PowerPoint 2003.


PowerPoint 2007 options

The pretty drop shadows look really nice when applied to these frameworks. Just don't add the shadows to the gridlines.


3D variations

No 3D with these design elements please.


Shadows

The shadows in PowerPoint 2003 don't add much to the quality of the design elements. So, no shadows unless you're using PowerPoint 2007 please.


Gradients, patterns, and pictures

You can add gradients to everything except the gridlines if you like. Refrain from inserting photographs into the chart pieces.

The PNGs can be placed on top of photographs with a chart design element from one of the frameworks in this series. This is a very nice effect.


Animations

Simple reveals are best. Don't animate pieces of the chart design elements. This animation will not add a lot of value.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

DE019 – Design Element 019 – Chart Designs

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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