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Tutorial for Concept 052 – Plugs

Here's a series that can help you illustrate "plugging into" something. These plugs can help convey receiving energy, distributing energy, initiating an interaction, tapping into a resource, connections, and so much more. The cords on the downloads are not lines, but they can be replaced with a line that you draw to connect one object with another. Think about what this might do to org chart layouts: hierarchies of energy/information flows, etc.

Customizing the plugs

Adjust size

Group the plug sets first and then rescale (hold shift key down as you resize). If you want to adjust the size of the wires, you can replace what's in the download with lines from the Shapes menu. That way you'll be able to connect two objects, regardless of where they are on your slide.

Color variations

Apply fill color only to the plug and receptacle. If you apply a border line, the prongs will get to wide and the receptacle will get too thin to work correctly. You can use any size line you wish if you add connector lines. A heavy, high-point-size line would probably be best so that the line and the plug/receptacle look balanced.

3D variations

Don't use 3D. The two pieces of the plugs won't work together if you do use 3D.


Don't use shadows because there will be an issue with layering.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Nope, not these either.


Simple animations are okay. If you're using the plugs/receptacles with straight lines, you can animate with a motion to connect them. But if you're using plugs/receptacles with a cured line, the animation won't look realistic because the wire won't move like a wire would.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

CN038 – Concept 038 – Plugs

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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