Tutorial for Bullet Alternative 034 – Delta
The triangle is a symbol that suggests change. This set of bullet alternatives is a perfect design for introducing a change topic and a small amount of subordinate text. There are 8 variations, allowing for a single field of subordinate text up to 8 subordinate text fields. This is a great idea and will add visual interest to a slide dedicated to text, but the greater idea is the way it's formatted. The lines going through the delta are semitransparent, which makes it possible to overlay text and have it be distinct and readable.
Customizing the Deltas
The deltas and the separating lines are actually three fields: the triangle, a rectangle(s) behind the triangle, and a rectangle(s) in front of the triangle. So you must group the whole graphic, resize/rescale (hold shift key down as you resize), and ungroup to continue formatting the deltas. The rectangles referred to here are the "lines" separating the triangles. They are actually rectangles with fills and not lines, however.
The triangle should be a solid color chosen from your template's color palette. The rectangle (line) in front of the triangle is semitransparent white. The semitransparency (which can be set by you to any percentage that works best with the color you choose for your triangle) allows text to be placed over the triangle and be readable. Note: if you choose a dark color for your triangle, the transparency for the rectangle over the triangle should be set to a higher percentage. If you use a light color for your triangle, you can leave the transparency percentage as is or lower it. The rectangle under the triangle can be set with another color from your template's color palette. In order for this combination of fields to work, the alignments and distributions need to be exact. So if you move the top rectangle in order to get at the bottom rectangle, be sure that you align them again perfectly.
PowerPoint 2007 options
Don't use any special formatting here. They will obscure the concept.
Don't really need shadows, but if you believe you need to add them, apply shadows to the triangle only, not to the rectangles.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
You can import a photograph into the triangle, but be aware that much of the top part of the photograph will be lost. Most photographs cannot be used with so much loss. You can apply a gradient to the rectangles if you want, having them fade to transparent on the right side of the slide. this might be a good tactic if you have design elements on the right side of your template.
Simple reveals are best.