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Horizontal Flows 053, 054

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Using the Horizontal Flows 053 and 054

These diagonally cut horizontal flows are an appropriate option when color coding the segments is desired. Another level of information can be added. The series example uses color in this manner. Aside from the color coding, these flows can be used:

  • To describe two aspects of the same segment.
  • As a design element, importing a photograph or icon in one segment and applying color in the other segment and then placing one text field over both.
  • Within other horizontal flows. It's important to note that the horizontal flow segments for all the series in this category are uniformly sized and can be interspersed.
  • As an independent diagonally cut arrow, enlarged to hold significant blocks of text – rather like those in the Arrow Variations Category – that point to an outcome.

We're sure you can come up with even more uses than we've cited above.

Customizing the Diagonally Cut Horizontal Flows

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the flow, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. If you are using segments from other series, as mentioned above, bring them all onto your page and size them together so that they will fit together perfectly.

You can also adjust the space between the pieces by ungrouping and nudging them left or right until you have the desired spacing.

The lines may spike at the corners of these segments. To correct this, reduce the point size of the line.


Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the flow segments reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Select "No line" if you want to eliminate the outline of the object, or change the line point size if you want thinner or heaver lines.

If you are going to be overlaying text on the two segments that make up a whole flow segment, it's important that you choose colors that are roughly the same value. If you choose one light color and one dark color, the text you overlay may not be readable. It is much like putting text over a gradient. This FAQ will explain making text "pop" when there is a multicolor background.

3D variations

The segments are somewhat indistinct in 3D. The segments blend into each other and you can't apply a line to help define them. You may want to forgo using 3D. But if you choose to apply 3D, use a short depth. Also, depending on which way your 3D faces, you may need to change the layer order.


A shadow adds interest and dimension to a graphic, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after the flow has been imported. If you want to place text above or below the flow but the shadows are in the way, the colors/shades of the shadows can be adjusted so the text will "pop." Make sure your layering is correct so that the shadow does not obscure any of your primary flows.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu.


Flows can be brought in segment by segment as wipes, peak in, crawl in, fly in, etc., from the left to show a build and to enhance the effect of the flow.

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