Using Segmented Bursts
These frameworks are very pretty when formatted. The three variations for each star-point number offer lots of options. They can be formatted to look 3D or flat. They can have centers or appear as an outline ribbon. You should go to the tutorial and look at the formatting options and examples. In fact, you should do this before you select and download these frameworks. That way you'll choose the correct version to download for the look you want to achieve.
As with all segment frameworks, the concept is pieces of a whole. These frameworks blend the segments concept with a suggestion of excitement (burst) or superiority (star). Add a circular flow behind these frameworks and you have motion or order.
Customizing the Segmented Bursts
Sizing the stars/bursts
Group all the segments and size the burst holding the shift key down, which will scale the burst.
These frameworks are all about color. Color is the primary formatting method for these frameworks. 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. These examples all have line colors that match the fill colors, although they are not always needed. Adding the line color tightens up the segments.
Applying the different hues of the same color make the 3D effect. Don't color the two segments of the points with different colors or it won't look realistically 3D.
The top left example above has a shadow applied. There is a layering issue: notice where the top point meets with the next-level point to the left. The "seam" is darker than the rest. This cannot be overcome because one of those points has to be on top. Use shadows very carefully and then, depending on color and background, select your seam where it shows the least.
The example on the upper right above is straight color with a reflection effect applied to the bottom points only. Don't format the other points with reflections or the burst will cease to look realistic.
The two bursts below the previous two are the same, just formatted differently. The colors are off on the left-hand example: it doesn't look like realistic 3D shadowing. But when you apply bevels, it looks like an ornament of some sort.
Don't use 3D with these frameworks. There is a layering issue that cannot be overcome. Use color to create the 3D effect.
As with 3D, shadows don't work with these frameworks.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients work fine. This example is a good example of an effective use of gradients. Each of the points is gradated from a different angle. The two bottom points are two different diagonal gradients, the middle two points are vertical gradients, and the top point is a horizontal gradient. Patterns may work okay of they are muted. PowerPoint 2007 does not have patterns available.
Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. Each point segment should be animated to appear at the same time. Download the animation example for a good animation scheme.