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Tutorial for Segments 029 – Segmented Capsules

Using the Segmented Capsules

These frameworks are good to use when showing parts of a whole. They are a nice alternative to a text table and work better than a non-data-driven pie chart – subordinate text can easily be placed beneath the segments.

If you want a segmented capsule in a flow format, see series hf001 (chevron) and hf002 (arrow with wings).

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework, 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 the Segmented Capsules

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the capsules, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. You can also adjust the space between the pieces. If you wish to rescale, simply hold the shift key down as you resize.

Color variations

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.

3D variation

A 3D effect adds volume to the capsule, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after it is imported. To add 3D to this type of an object, use the shadow tool instead of the 3D tool: shadow styles 17 and 18 work really well. Be sure that the 3D doesn't obscure the separations of the segments too much, however.


A shadow effect adds interest and dimension to a graphic, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after the capsule 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." The shadows in PowerPoint 2007 are particularly nice.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu. Gradients, can also add motion to a flow such as this, which you may not want. If you want to show motion from one segment to the next, it would be better to use frameworks from series HF001 or HF002.


Animations of flows should be restricted to simple reveals. You don't want to imply flow, so wipes shouldn't be used.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

SG029 – Segment 029 – Segmented Capsule

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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