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Arrow Variations 007

Open-Ended Arrows/Chevrons

Using Arrow Variations

Arrow variations are series of more specialized flow concepts, used either to illustrate a precise message or to add emphasis and interest to the page. These arrow variations are mainly to be used alone, as a method of containing fields of text and to suggest a flow.

With regard to this example: this grouping is just a bunch of one of the frameworks put together to show that it is an assault or a flurry of efforts. When making your selection, think in terms of the options that you have with each framework. Play with the ideas a bit.

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework arrow 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 PowerFrameworks Arrow Variations

Adjust size

  1. The first framework is a single object and can be resized at will. If you use multiples of the first image, however, you should group them and size them together so that the arrow part of each framework maintains a uniform look
  2. The second framework should be grouped and resized as a group, not individually
  3. The third framework should be scaled (hold the shift key down while sizing) so that the size of the fill area stays uniform.

Color variations

  1. The first framework is open ended and should not be filled. Color by using a line color
  2. The second framework can be filled. Just be sure that the layering is correct. The left-hand arrow should be on top, then the center arrow, and the right-hand arrow is on the bottom
  3. The third framework can be filled. You can omit the line if you wish.

3D variations

A 3D effect may be used on the lines to add dimension. Try not to make the 3D too deep, as it will reduce the space inside where you want to put your content.


A shadow effect may be used on the lines to add interest and volume, but keep the shadows close to the lines so that they don't obscure the content within the arrows.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

To add fill color, add it as a gradient. This PowerFamework was filled by formatting it as a fill effect: select the arrow, click the downward-pointing arrow next to the fill bucket, and select fill effects. In the fill effects menu, click the radio button for two colors and then select the desired color in Color 1 and selecting white for Color 2. Next, in the transparency section, select from 0% and to 100%. Last, select the vertical shading choice in the top right corner. You should this method for all three of the framework examples.


To animate this type of PowerFramework, enter of the arrows by wiping from the left or fading in.

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