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Tutorial for Hierarchy 006 – Stacked Blocks

Using Stacked Blocks

These frameworks can be used as a device to illustrate organization, relationships, and hierarchies. Each of the frameworks in this series can be used as a starting point for 2- to 5-tier stacks of boxes (just eliminate the tier that is unneeded and resize as a group).

These frameworks are drawn with a fill and a line, which is different from most other PowerFrameworks. This has been done so you would have a guide for coloring the framework, as it takes three different hues of the same color to achieve the right effect.

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 Blocks

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. If, for example, you only need four tiers, this is the point where you would eliminate the bottom tier of boxes.

Color variations

These frameworks are 3D drawings as opposed to a 2D object with 3D effect applied. For that reason, coloring these frameworks takes some thought. Choose a color that is consistent with your color palette. You will need to have three hues of this color, including your palette color. Make the two extra hues of the base color and apply them as shown below.

3D variations

Do not apply 3D to this as it is already drawn in 3D.


Do not use shadows with this framework, as the shadowing is drawn into it.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

You can use gradients with this framework as long as they are subtle. Otherwise, the gradients will detract from and overpower the concept.


Instead of animating the framework, you may want to consider just animating the content that you add to the slots as reveals.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

HI006 – Hierarchy 006 – Stacked Blocks

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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