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Tutorial for Hierarchy 001 – Building Exterior

Using the Building Frameworks

These frameworks are great to use to show structure and construction of an organization or concept. They have even been used to establish timing. The base is the foundation and the top is the overarching element. The pillars are the supports for the overarching element.

This type of building framework conveys the exterior structure, while HI002 is structured so that it conveys what is housed within the structure.

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework, download it to a specific location on your computer so you'll be able to find it (the desktop is always a good choice).

Customizing Buildings

Adjust size

Remember to group the frameworks before sizing so that the integrity of the framework is maintained. Hold the shift key down if you want to scale it while you are sizing. Ungroup again once it is the size you like so other customizations can be made.

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 lines. If you are using flat colors (no gradients or 3D), consider using a thin line just a little darker than your fill color to help define the individual segments of this framework.

3D variations

The 3D effect is okay to use with this type of framework. It helps if you have a little bit of knowledge about using the 3D toolbars though. The "light" shining on the 3D image was changed in this example. This was done so that the text area (place where text is usually placed on the individual pieces of the framework) was not so dark.


Shadows used with framework tend to accentuate the flatness of the framework. When you are trying to add 3D (either by apply the 3D effect or by using gradients), the shadow tools works against you.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradient example 1
The 3D effect on the columns give the impression that they are round. The other gradients are applied as if there is a light shining on them from the upper left

Gradient and pattern example 2
This is actually two identical frameworks: the framework behind has a granite/concrete texture applied to the pieces and the framework over the textured framework has a gradient and is semitransparent

These are just a few of the applications that you can employ. Explore!


Instead of animating the framework, you may want to consider just animating the content that you add to the slots as reveals, but other reveal schemes are equally effective.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

HI001 – Hierarchy 001 – Building Exterior

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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