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Horizontal Flows 041, 042


Using Horizontal Flows 041 and 042

This series provides frameworks in many segment variations that can be used to show flows in two directions. The circle in the middle is the starting point and the flows go left and right from the center. This bidirectional flow can be used to show two paths, pros and cons, two sets of responsibilities, etc.

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 the Bidirectional Horizontal Flow

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the bidirectional flow, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. You can also adjust the space between the pieces by ungrouping and nudging them.

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 or heaver lines.

PowerPoint 2007 option

Be careful as you apply formatting effects. When fields are close together in frameworks, the formating choices are fewer. The presets usually need to be modified. Bevels need to be carefully formatted, for example. Be sure that the bevels and not too high and are not too wide.

3D variation

3D works well as long as the depth of the 3D is not too large. Once you apply 3D, you'll need to adjust the order of the fields depending on the direction of the perspective. Refer to the FAQ on ordering 3D fields if you need further help. The example for hf041above is a 3D version of a framework in this series.


Shadows works well as long as the depth of the shadow is not too large. Once you apply a shadow effect, you may need to adjust the order of the fields depending on the direction the shadow is cast.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients are a good effect for this type of framework. The gradient can accentuate the flow direction of the arrows that radiate from the center.


Animate to accentuate the direction of the flow: right-pointing arrows should get wiped in from left, left-pointing arrows should get wiped in from right. See the downloadable animation example for an idea of how you might animate these frameworks.

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