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Tutorial for Forces 005, Arrow Variations 031 and 044 – Outward Flows

Using outward flows

The frameworks in the Forces 005 series may look very basic, and you may be wondering why they are included. But if you have ever tried to lay arrows out around an object, you know that it is difficult to get them exactly equidistant. So, here is the series that will save you the trouble.


The flared arrows in AV031 and AV044 around a circle/polygon are a nice departure from the typical standard arrows that are usually used to show movement from the central object. They look much more custom-made. There are variations from two to eight arrows around circles and three to eight polygons for your use. Notice that the titles on each of the series examples play on the shapes of the circle and polygon: well-rounded and multifaceted. It may seem like a small distinction, but any time you can match the visual with the words, you're strengthening your message.

Customizing the Outward Flows

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations.

Color variations

Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the PowerFramework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Select "No line" if you want to eliminate the outline of the object, or change the line point size if you want thinner or heaver lines.

3D variations

These frameworks look good with 3D applied. You should use a short depth, however, or the circle in the center will turn into a cylinder. Be sure to check the layering/ordering of the pieces to be sure they are good and work with the direction of the 3D effect you chose.


Shadows look good with this framework. Be sure the layering/ordering of the pieces of the frameworks are correct according to the direction of the shadow.

The drop shadow used in the series examples for AV031 and AV044 are great because they lift the centerpiece away from the flared arrows. Use the shadow in the middle of the shadow preset menu, which provides for a shadow directly behind.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Use gradient, patterns, and pictures however you wish. There are not a lot of limitations with these frameworks.


Animate these clockwise, for example, as a reveal to present the outputs from the center object.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

AV031 – Arrow Variation 031 – Flared Arrows Around Circle

Possible use example

AV044 – Arrow Variation 044 – Flared Arrows Around Polygons

Possible use example

FR005 – Force 005 – Outward 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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