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Tutorial for Circular Flow 059 – Slice Flows

These simple but elegant frameworks are not usually seen in PowerPoint presentations. The design is very difficult to achieve due to layering constraints. Notice that there is a bit of an optical illusion associated with these frameworks: there is no beginning or end. PowerFrameworks has developed an easy way to work with the frameworks, and you'll be able to use them to visually support several concepts:

  • The slight overlap suggests order
  • The overlap also suggests connection between the circles
  • The slices of circles suggests a hedge around a central object.

Customizing the Overlapping Circle Slices

Adjust size

If you want to change the size, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Hold the shift key down as you resize to rescale. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. If you are using more than one framework in this series, import them both and size them at the same time. Then place each on their respective pages and begin customizations. They will be uniformly sized.

Color variations

Choose colors from your template's color palette. If you use a combination of framework variations (like the series example) you will need to choose several colors from the palette that work well together or create different hues from one of the colors.

3D variations

Don't use 3D with these frameworks. The layering prohibits 3D effects from appearing correctly.


Don't use shadows unless the framework has been grouped and the shadows in PowerPoint 2007 is used. The layering issue also affects shadows.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients would be good to use, but they may be tricky to format because of the partial segment. Instead of importing photographs into the slices, consider sizing photographs to fit within the segments and formatting the photographs with a soft edge. Then you can place the photographs "within" the boundaries of the slices.


Important: One of the slices in each of the frameworks has been developed so that it appears to be under one of the slices and over one of the slices. This makes it trick to animate. If you want to animate each slice to appear, make sure that the irregularly shaped slice is animated to appear last. Use only simple reveals with these frameworks.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

CF059 – Circular Flow 059 – Slice Flows

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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