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Concepts 081

Climbing Ladder

The ladder of success is a concept often used in business. It usually refers to an organization's internal workings, but the uses are actually more broad. The ladder can also symbolize knowledge, achievement, striving, acceptance, recognition, etc.

Customizing your PowerFrameworks Concept

Adjust size

Each of the two versions have the full series of Stanleys in the download (although V02 has been split into V02a and V02b because the file sizes were so large). The Stanleys in the downloads have been consistently sized so that they are ready for you to use as a set. Remember, as with all groups of illustrations or graphics, if you need to resize, resize them all together as a group. Then ungroup and redistribute to their proper place in the presentation. This is important for the sake of continuity and consistency.

Color variations

These fields in V01 can be colored like clipart. Applying color can sync the illustration to your template (hues of your template colors, as in the series example) or you can make it look realistic (brown hair, blue eyes, etc., without regard to template color considerations, as in the example above right).

Colorizing illustrations may take a small time commitment. Be sure that you get all of the fields colored correctly – it is not a push-button operation. Be sure that the eyes are filled in so that they do not appear "dead." Eyebrows and button should be filled, they're easy to miss. Just be sure to view your colorized illustration at about 300% to be sure you got everything before you consider it final. The example below shows Stanley from the tightrope walker series, but the same color formatting applies to Stanley on the ladder.

Other coloring options: make Stanley whoever you want. When you get the skin tone that you want, just be sure to use that some color – only a little darker – to create the outlines.

2007 options

V02a and v02b are PNGs and are not eligible for fill and line color formatting. They are, however, eligible for formatting as a picture (if you're using PowerPoint 2007). You can recolor with preset tints or apply your own tint colors. One set of options brings in colored fills and the other set of options brings in colored lines. They work very nicely.

3D variations

3D does not look good with illustrations.


Don't use shadows on this type of framework.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

You can use gradients to add a 3D effect. You may want to add a gradient to the hair (lighter on top and darker below) for added realism. Be careful about the range of the gradient, however. Too much variance will look bad.


These Stanleys are not drawn with any movable parts; therefore, simple reveals work best. The downloadable animated example uses ascends.

As with all animations, use it to enhance the message, not to steal attention away from it.

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