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Tutorial for Ribbon Flow 043 and 044 – Two and Three Twisted Lines

This series shows how two entities might merge together or how they may separate from each other. The download contains versions that:

  1. Merge and then separate again, with several numbers of twists
  2. Merge and then become one
  3. Merge and then become more closely aligned, with some overlap
  4. Flip any of these for the reverse message.

Customizing the twisted lines

Adjust size

It's probably best to rescale rather than resize these frameworks. Otherwise, the lines won't appear consistently sized and, therefore, not look real. Rescale by holding the shift key down as you resize.


Color variations

The fields in these frameworks can receive both line and fill colors. Choose colors from your template's color palette to blend the framework with other content in your presentation. A caution: it may be best not to apply line colors to the framework that has semitransparent "merged" fields on the right side. If you feel like you must use lines with this, make sure that you make the lines semitransparent as well.

PowerPoint 2007 options

Don't use bevels or glows or any other effect that will detract from the realism of the graphics. Drop shadows are okay, but you need to be careful of layering. It's probably best if you group the framework before you add the drop shadow.


3D variations

Nope. Don't use 3D.


Shadows

Drop shadows are okay, but you need to be careful of layering. It's probably best if you group the framework before you add the drop shadow. Don't use drop shadows in PowerPoint 2003. They make presentations look really dated.


Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients might be okay if you get them set up correctly and consistently. They could promote a 3D effect.


Animations

Don't build these twisted lines with animations. It will just make the twisted lines look disjointed and not real.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

RB043 – Ribbon Flow 043 – Two Twisted Lines

Possible use example

RB044 – Ribbon Flow 044 – Three Twisted Lines

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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