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Concepts 072


Using the Islands and Bridges

These islands and bridges can help illustrate several concepts: network, resources, community, escaping danger, and more. There are PowerPoint downloads only, since there are so many fields. Each of the islands and bridges are grouped so you can deal with the objects instead of all of the fields that make the objects. You can color the fields without ungrouping, so you won't lose control of your objects.

Customizing the Islands

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the islands and bridges, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. To scale, hold the shift key down as you resize.

In addition to the downloads provided, you can take islands and bridges and create your own customized configurations – lots more possibilities! Just be sure to scale the islands and bridges in the foreground larger than those you place in the background.

Color variations

The islands and bridges are all white fills (except where the fill would distort the field) and gray lines. You can use strategic coloring if you want an island or bridge to represent a product or company: the island can take on the color of the logo or other branding. The cn072_0500_v02 download has been colored in case you want a jumping off place for coloring islands and bridges in realistic colors.

PowerPoint 2007 options

Don't add bevels or shadows or other trick formatting to these islands. It's better to keep it simple.

3D variations

Don't use 3D with these frameworks. 3D actually flattens the islands and they cease to look realistic.


Don't use shadows on this type of framework. Shadows just make the pieces look flat.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

The sand in the series example is a texture that looks like sand. The other colors that have been applied are true colors without gradients because the fields are so small – you can't really distinguish the gradient. Feel free to apply gradients if you wish, however.


Animation should be simple: the bridges can wipe from one island to another and the islands can fade in along with any identifying/associated text. Download the animation example for an idea of how to do this.

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