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Bar Frames

Using the Bar Frames

These frameworks are used to frame and separate/highlight graphics and/or text. They are PNG files and can be sized, but can accept no other types of adjustments.

Customizing the Bars


It is important to choose the framework within the series that is sized closest to its intended use. Sizing the framework also sizes the shadow, which you want to be as close to original size as possible for the sake of consistency. Once you have the closest sized framework on the page, either adjust the size of the photograph/graphic (which is the better choice) or grab a handle of the framework and adjust the bar until it is sized just right.


You cannot apply color to these frameworks by selecting fill or line colors. If you are using PowerPoint 2007, however, you can change the color by recoloring the design element as a photograph: make the design element active, click on "format," click on "Recolor," and choose your color.

For more on how to color PNG images read the FAQ - How can I recolor the PNGs in the Design Elements Category?

3D variations

These frameworks cannot accept 3D effects.


Shadows are already built into this design element.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients cannot be added to these frameworks. You can place a field behind the bar and color/apply gradient.


Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. Simple reveals and fades work well. Do not animate the design element separately from the photograph/graphic/text with which it is associated.

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