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Tutorial for Horizontal Flow 063 – Design flow

These flows are unique and add a design quality to a horizontal flow. Gone are the typical chevrons and arrows, which are replaced by rectangles with a circled arrow at the bottom left. Each of the six downloads (2 through 6 segments) contain a rectangle and rounded-corner rectangle. Decide which rectangle type complements the other graphics in your presentation and then delete the one you don't want to use.


Customizing the Horizontal Design Flows

Adjust size

You can adjust the size in a few ways:

  • Group the whole flow framework and rescale by holding the shift key down as you resize
  • Make the rectangles taller by selecting the rectangles only (not the circle with the arrow) and resizing them with the top handle so that they taller – you can select and resize all of the rectangles without grouping them
  • Make the rectangles wider by selecting the rectangles only (not the circle with the arrow) and resizing them with the left handle so that they wider – you can select and resize all of the rectangles without grouping them

Color variations

The rectangles, circles, and arrows can all receive fill colors and line colors. The downloads all feature a green rectangle with a white semitransparent circle and arrow. We chose to use a semitransparent white color so that the color of the rectangle would help create the color of the circle and arrow. You don't have to use transparency with them at all, however. Just remove it when you are replacing the color.

PowerPoint 2007 options

We don't recommend bevels or any other formatting that will interfere with the circle and arrow. If you use the drop shadows, be sure to group the rectangle, circle, and arrow first and then apply the shadow.


3D variations

We don't recommend using 3D.


Shadows

If you use the drop shadows, be sure to group the rectangle, circle, and arrow first and then apply the shadow. Don't use drop shadows in PowerPoint 2003. The are very outdated looking.


Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients, patterns, and pictures can all be used as long as the overlaying text and the arrows are plainly visible.


Animations

Use simple reveals to help illustrate progression.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

HF063 – Horizontal Flow 063 – Design Flow

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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