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Tutorial for Silhouettes

Using the Silhouettes

Silhouettes can be used to enhance a number of message styles. The series example shows a person observing a photo of a broad network, which supports the message in the title of the slide better than the photograph alone. Groupings can be made of the silhouettes to broaden the possibilities. The silhouettes are fully customizable: line and fill colors and gradients can be added. Certain shadow effects can further enhance the silhouette appearance, e.g., no drop shadows, but long shadows make the silhouette appear more lifelike.

There is only one download for this series. All of the figures are included on one PowerPoint slide. There are male and female business people in many attitudes, standing face forward and backward, and leaning.

The  SL006 series, which are the heads, are great to use with quotes or to add interest to text when a photograph is impossible to obtain, e.g., customer quote. 

Using the Interactive Silhouettes

Not all of the silhouette series will have interactive versions.  Silhouettes that are not interacting with anything do not need them.  The interactive silhouettes can be used when you want your silhouettes to hold, push, etc., objects.  The silhouettes are cut into pieces that, when layered correctly, look realistic.  The pieces can also be adjusted slightly so the hands and arms, for example, hold the object at a good spot.  Bring the arm/let closest to you to the front, place the object on the next layer, and all other pieces of the silhouette are placed in back.  The example below is featured in a video in the series example to show you how you might animate them in your presentations.  The silhouettes below right show you how the layering should be.

      

There is only one download for this series. All of the figures, including the interactive silhouettes, are included on one PowerPoint slide. There are male and female business people in many attitudes, standing face forward and backward, and leaning.

The  SL006 series, which are the heads, are great to use with quotes or to add interest to text when a photograph is impossible to obtain, e.g., customer quote. 

 


Customizing your Silhouettes

Adjust size

All of the silhouette downloads have been sized so that they work perfectly together. This assures that the sizing is exact and ready for your use. Remember, as with all groups of illustrations or graphics, if you need to resize, resize them all together as a group. Then ungroup and redistribute to their proper place in the presentation. This is important for the sake of continuity and consistency. Just delete any silhouettes that you don't need.

There is a version set in sl006 that contains heads and a rounded rectangle backing.  These are two fields and must be grouped before you resize/rescale.  

To rescale, hold the shift key down as you resize.


Color variations

The silhouettes can be colored like clipart. Applying color can sync the illustration to your template (hues of your template colors, as in the example above left) – you don't need to use them with a black fill.  A word of caution:  be careful when applying colors and other formatting.  For example, a line color on the interactive silhouettes will probably make them look less realistic. 


2007 options

The 2007 shadow options are especially nice with the jump silhouettes. You'll want to make some adjustments, however. Since the silhouette figures are supposed to be off the ground, you'll need to increase the distance between the shadow and the silhouette to make it look realistic. If you do not, the shadow will be too close to the silhouette and it will look like it is right on the ground. These types of illustrations do not benefit from other effects formatting. You should stay away from bevels and reflections and stick to the line and fill colors only.


3D variations

3D does not look good with illustrations.


Shadows

Shadows can and should be used with these graphics. Use the long shadows or those that simulate a real shadow, not a drop shadow (which tend to lift an object off the page). Try a few to get the effect you like.

As mentioned above in the 2007 formatting section, the 2007 shadow options are especially nice with the jump silhouettes. If you are using PowerPoint2003, stay away from shadows, as it will make your silhouette appear as if it is laying on top of a surface. The formatting options in PowerPoint 2007 are very nice to use, however.


Gradients, patterns, and pictures

You can use gradients to add a little interest. The silhouette in the series example has a subtle gradient applied.  Gradients work especially well with sl006 series v2.  The download has the graphics formatted as a gray gradient, which you can change to any colors in your company's template color palette you wish.


Animations

The animated download only reveals text sequentially. There's no way to animate a silhouette other than reveals.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

SL001 – Silhouettes 001 – Business Standing

Possible use example

SL002 – Silhouettes 002 – Business Running

Possible use example

SL003 – Silhouettes 003 – Business Walking

Possible use example

SL004 – Silhouettes 004 – Jump

Possible use example

SL005 – Silhouettes 005 – Pushing

Possible use example

SL006 – Silhouettes 006 – Heads

Possible use example

SL007 – Silhouettes 007 – Lifting

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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