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Tutorial for Ribbon Flows – Pivot Ribbon Arrows

These ribbons are a nice departure from horizontal or vertical flows. The ribbon arrows can be used in two different ways:

  • Place text or graphic image at turning point of ribbons to represent a pivot point (e.g., activity, obstacle, restriction)
  • Use to show successive steps.

There are four downloads in this series: 2 vertically oriented flows and 2 horizontally oriented flows. The red downloads are formatted with gradients, and the green downloads use different hues of the same color without gradients. It's important to vary the colors of these ribbon flows so that the elements of the flows are distinct.


Customizing the Pivot Ribbon Arrows

Adjust size

Group the arrows and rescale (hold shift key down as you resize). Try not to resize (only rescale) so that the ribbon maintains a uniform appearance. Otherwise, the ribbon will be wider in one direction than the other; and it will not look realistic.


Color variations

One of the ways to color the ribbon flow so that the pieces of the ribbon are distinct is to use three different hues of the same color. The green variations use this method of color formatting. Download those if you want to use this method. Because there are so many pieces to the arrow in some of the flows, it's important to format them in a certain way so you don't have to do each one separately (that would take a long time). Select all of the like pieces and format them together. See the downloads: you'll only need to three formats then. Let the downloads guide you as to how to apply the colors.

PowerPoint 2007 options

You can use drop shadows if you want, but be sure that the layering is correct. Shadows will "lift" the flow off the slide a bit.


3D variations

Don't use 3D.


Gradients, patterns, and pictures

The second method of making the pieces of the ribbon distinct is to apply a gradient. The red downloads use this method of formatting. Because there are so many pieces to the arrow in some of the flows, it's important to format them in a certain way so you don't have to do each one separately (that would take a long time). Select all of the like pieces and format them together. See the downloads: you'll only need to three formats then. Let the downloads guide you as to how to apply the gradients.


Animations

You can animate these if you wish. You can "Wipe" them in the direction the arrows are traveling. Or simple reveals can be used. Be sure that you end at an arrow point, however. Otherwise, the ribbon flow will look like it is cut and not continuous.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

RB041 – Ribbon Flow 041 – Pivot Ribbon Arrows

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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