Relationships 014 – Cubes
Using the Cubes
These cubes have perspective, so they look realistic. The cubes have all six sides, so they can be used in many interesting ways; but each cube is grouped, which makes them easier to deal with. The downloads contain opaque and semitransparent versions, so both the exterior and interior of the cubes can be utilized when illustrating your concepts.
Cubes are a non-data-driven option for displaying objects on three axes (Y axis is the height, X axis is the width, and Z axis is the depth).
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 Cubes
Each of the cubes is a group of 6 sides. If you wish to size the cubes, select all and group. Then resize or scale (hold shift key down as you resize) to the desired size. Ungroup only once and the individual cubes will still be grouped, making it easier for you to work with them.
The cubes are set up so that they contain the same amount of cubes high as there are deep. For example, there are 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 5x5 variations. If you need a 2x4 version, simply delete the unwanted cubes. The cubes are grouped, so it will be easy and fast to delete what you don't need.
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. We recommend that you use border lines with these frameworks.
There are two versions of each framework: opaque and semitransparent. The opaque version can be used as is (all of the sides the same color), which is the easiest way to work with the cubes, or the top and left sides can be colored to look like shading. The top side should be a little lighter and the left side should be a little darker than the front side to suggest shading and light from a light source.
These frameworks are drawn as 3D, so don't apply any 3D formatting, including bevels.
Don't apply any shadows unless you are using PowerPoint 2007 and apply a shadow to a grouped set of cubes.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients are not necessary if you're using semitransparent versions of the cubes. If using the opaque versions, use the shading technique described above under "color."
Download the animated example to see a possible scheme. Multiple objects can be place within the cubes and animated to move. Cubes can also be "slid" out from a group of cubes using animation.
Series that relate to this tutorial
Click on a name for more information.
Click on a thumbnail to view a larger image