Tutorial for Segments 036 – Angled Segments
Using the Angled Segments
These frameworks provide a segmented structure with and without segment divisions. No arced text needs to be used: text just needs to be spun to match the angle of the segment. The frameworks are nice to use as an anchor graphic for a document, from which trackers can be developed.
Customizing the Angled Segments
If you want to change the size/shape of the arc, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. Hold the shift key down while resizing to keep the same dimensions – this is actually rescaling instead of resizing.
If you'd like to use a thinner segmented framework, download a framework from .v01 set and remove the segments on the inside and outside of the main segment. This will extend this series by another 10 frameworks. There are other possibilities to extend the series as well. See below for more suggestions.
Adding text is easy: simply type the short text string you wish to place within the segments of these frameworks and then spin the text so that it is at the angle of the segment. The graphic below shows text that is spun into the correct orientation. This was done by placing the cursor on the green dot and moving the dot (which spins the text). The green dot is above and centered on the text field (small but visible below).
Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the angled segments will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. We recommend that you either use either fill or line color to distinguish between the segments. The downloads all use a fill color of dark blue and a line color of white.
PowerPoint 2007 options
Anytime segments are very close or right next to each other, the formatting options decrease. The bevels look okay, but they take space away from holding text. The series example uses bevels to help differentiate between the segments. Use a very short height and depth for the bevel: 3 or 4 points.
3D can work if you use a very short depth.
Shadows don't work with these frameworks because the layering gets tricky. If you're using PowerPoint 2007, you can apply a drop shadow to the whole framework if it is grouped. It looks great done this way and the segment layering is not an issue.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients can be used to create a distinction between the pieces. The lines can then be eliminated.
Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. Simple reveals are best with this type of framework.