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Platforms for Circles

Using Platforms for Circles

This is a simple little accessory for pie charts, circular flows, or segmented circles. It is tricky to show support for circles, but this does the job. Since it has a circular cutout, it is not that easy to draw in PowerPoint. Use these platforms independently or together to indicate graduated usage, influence, or value. Another use might be to cut a photograph into a circle and place it on top of the platform. This might be a nice way to introduce team members with a short bio or provide a place for a quote and picture. The platforms have many applications.

Customizing Platforms for Circles

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations.

Color variations

Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the platform(s) will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document.

PowerPoint 2007

The formatting effects specific to PowerPoint 2007 don't add a lot of additional value to these frameworks. The shadow works okay (above left) and bevels (above right) look fine if you remove the base.

3D variations

Use 3D effects only if the object that fits into the "cradle" is a sphere. Don't mix 3D with 2D.


Shadow effects, in whatever PowerPoint version you are using, are a good option for adding a little interest. Be conservative, however.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients can be used to create a dimension to the platforms. Use gradients only if you are using gradients with what you put into the cradle for the circle/sphere. If you choose to import a photograph into the platform, select a photograph that is sized similarly to the platform you intend to use. You can also resize the photograph and then import it into the platform. Frameworks such as these platforms that have large, open areas are particularly well suited to accept photographs.


Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. Simple reveals are best with this type of framework. A wipe that builds from the bottom might be a good choice.

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