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Tutorial for Design Elements 016 – Sliver Moons

These frameworks can be used as a design element or as a functional portion of a slide. The series example shows how several frameworks from this series might be combined to create a stylish layout. The slivers alone might be used as borders or boundaries around objects − like a firewall.

Except for the large center sections in all of the framework variations, these frameworks used as design element will be difficult to get text in the tall and narrow fields. But the fields can be formatted very nicely to add value in other ways. This series is more suited for use with pictures, semitransparent colors, patterns, and maybe just a small amount of vertically oriented text. The series example is a good illustration of how to use these frameworks.

Customizing the Sliver Moons

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

Choose colors from your template's color palette. If you use a combination of framework variations (like the series example) you will need to choose several colors from the palette that work well together or create different hues from one of the colors. Many times the large section in these frameworks will contain pieces of photographs. If you wish to color the photographs (as in the series example), go to the Gradients, patterns, and pictures section below.

PowerPoint 2007 options

The bevels look especially good when applied to the photo layouts (see the series example). The drop shadows are also appealing when applied to the individual sections of the layouts. Bevels with semitransparencies are very nice as well. They look like colored glass.

3D variations

3D effects can be used, but use short depths and apply 3D consistently or the set will not work as a set any longer. Be sure to change the layer order depending on the direction of the 3D.


Shadows can be used: the PowerPoint 2007 shadows look especially nice. Be sure to change the layer order depending on the direction of the shadow.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Here's a nice alternative use for these design elements. The photograph has been imported into the center section and the sliver moon is a little "eyebrow" with a shadow over it. Instructions are below for importing photographs into shapes.

The orientation variations in this series are important if you're going to import photographs (PowerPoint 2007 users): be sure to start out with a variation in the orientation you desire before you import a photograph (don't select just any variation and rotate it), otherwise the photograph will import incorrectly.

If you are going to be importing photographs and are using PowerPoint 2007, you can tint the photographs to give them the same "value." Many times the perfect photograph cannot be used because the colors don't sync with the rest of the collage or the template colors. The ability to tint photographs in PowerPoint 2007 eliminates this problem. The photographs can be tinted by clicking on the imported photograph – the picture format menu will pop up – and selecting a color from the "Recolor" menu. If you want to change the colors in the Recolor menu, select a different color scheme in the Design menu.

You can still "tint" in pre-PowerPoint 2007 versions, but it takes a couple of steps (these steps are for importing different photos into each segment):

  1. First you need to duplicate the layout you want to use and set one layout aside. You'll need the extra set to apply the "tint"
  2. Then format the photograph(s) you want to use as grayscale. You can do this in the "Format picture" menu – just change color to grayscale
  3. Import the photographs into the shapes (use the link below to go to the FAQ about working with photographs)
  4. The last step is to overlay the duplicate layout perfectly over the layout that contains the pictures. Apply a color to the layout and make them semitransparent (maybe between 50-75% transparency). The layout is tinted.

The next step is to import the photographs into the sections of the layout. Refer to the FAQs below for instructions.

You can also just soften the edges of a photograph (like in the series example) and place it in the large center section of the frameworks.


Simple reveals work best with these design elements. Download the animation example to see a possible scheme.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

DE016 – Design Element 016 – Sliver Moons

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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