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Scopes, Cross Hairs, and Targets

Using the Scopes, Cross Hairs, and Targets

This series contains scopes, cross hairs, and targets; and they are very versatile. As you can see by the series example (actually three examples), they have many applications with both conceptual and data-driven charts. The series examples uses the scopes as a design element, bullet alternatives, and hand-placed targets on a data-driven chart.

Some of the frameworks are set up as scopes and cross hairs, which means they are transparent and you can look through them at a target object. Some are set up as targets, which are solid and you cannot see through them. Look at the different options carefully and select them according to your intended use.

Customizing the Scopes, Cross Hairs, and Targets

Adjust size

Some of the scopes, etc., are one field, so all you need to do is hold the shift key down and scale the scope to the desired size. Some of them are several fields – usually those with tick marks. Group these first and then scale them to the desired size.

Color variations

Color can be applied to all of the scopes. Those that are one field are limited to one color, but you can apply a gradient to add dimension if you wish. The others that are several fields can accept line and/or fill colors in combinations.

2007 options

Add bevels to the targets to add 3D. Some of the scopes can also accept a bevel, although the effect will not be glaringly apparent, as most of the scopes are constructed to look like they're made of lines. In reality, however, the "lines" can also filled. The drop shadow also adds dimension in PowerPoint 2007.

3D variations

If you choose to use 3D, be sure that the depth is extremely small – maybe 6 or 8 points. Otherwise, they cease to look like scopes and targets. Don't apply 3D to the cross hairs.


Shadows lift the object off the page. Use them sparingly, however, so they don't interfere with the main object. It's probably best not to use shadows with the scopes and cross hairs unless you're using PowerPoint 2007

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients can sometimes add a bit of interest. Use gradients that do not span a broad range of hues.


Different uses of the scopes, cross hairs, and targets dictate how they should be animated. For example, if you are using the scopes to show a target size and position on a data-driven chart (much like one of the examples above), animate them as simple reveals. You can also animate them as a reveal and add a motion path that will move the scope off the associated sprite and into the desired position if you want to demonstrate a trajectory.

If you are using the scopes as a design element or as a bullet alternative, sequential reveals will do the trick. If you are using scopes to sight in on something something, you can use zooms or grow/shrink emphasis animations.

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