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Using Bullet Alternatives

These frameworks help add structure to a page and to the whole presentation. They are great for presenting series of associated topics. The call-out area is large enough to hold extra explanatory text, pictures, icons, data-driven charts, other identifying images, or another framework.

Once you have identified the best-suited bullet alternative variation, 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 your bullet alternative

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 PowerFramework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. The example above has a white line color and two hues of the same color for definition. A line color that matches the background color can be very effective at separating these closely aligned fields.

PowerPoint 2007 options

The bevels seem to work best with these frameworks. Some of the gradients look good as well (top left above).

3D variations

Adding 3D effects tends to add substance to this framework. The only 3D direction that works with these frameworks is as above (to right). If the 3D direction is to the left, there is a layering problem that cannot be overcome.


Shadows don't work well with these frameworks. They are too close to each other for shadows to work effectively.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients work really well with this type of framework because they help define the different fields. Any time a framework has pieces that are very close together, formatting to create definition is a consideration. If you wanted to further define the separate fields, apply a white line color.


There can be so many animation schemes. Don't have the elements flying in from off the page, however; use stationary animations. Fades, wipes, and other subtle animations work best. Download the animation example for an idea of how to apply animation.

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