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Tutorial for Spiral Flow 006 – Tornado Flow

These frameworks a great to convey the concepts of lifting up, carrying away, elevating, driven to heights by external force, etc. The frameworks are in two sets: one set with a narrow starting point at the bottom and one set with a wide starting point at the bottom. While they are most intuitively viewed as having an upward movement, you can also use them with careful wording to convey a driving down or distilling something to its essence. The basic message is that the movement is caused by the force of the spiral graphic, not by the object (whatever you choose that to be) itself.

The spirals have been developed so that the front and back of the spirals are individual fields, which means that objects can be placed in between the fronts and backs so that they appear to be within the spirals.

Customizing the tornado flow

Adjust size

Make sure you group the flow before you resize or rescale (hold shift-key down as you resize).  Then ungroup and apply other formatting.

Color variations

It's important to make the front pieces of the flow and the back pieces of the flow different colors.  The two colors suggest shading and give the frameworks a 3D appearance.  Also, it's a good idea to make the pieces of the spiral flow semitransparent so the center object can be seen more clearly.

3D variations

Don't use 3D with these frameworks.


If you use shadows, group the flow and the center object and then apply a perspective shadow.  Choose shadows that fall below the grouped tornado flow, not just behind it.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Don't apply any of these formatting options to the flow itself, although you can apply them to the center object of your choice if you want.


These can't really be animated effectively.  But if you want to spend the time formatting each piece of the flow, you can use wipes.  Start at the bottom and apply wipe left.  Then the piece above it should be have a wipe right , and so on up the flow.  Format them so that the next one starts after the one before it finishes so that it is a continuous build.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

SF006 – Spiral Flow 006 – Tornado 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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