Circular Flows 009, 010
3 Inflows Connect to Last Segment
Using Circular Flows 009 and 010
Circular flows depict virtuous and vicious cycles. These cycles are actually a blend between circular flow and horizontal flow, and the inflow and the last segment of the cycle flow together and become one. CF009 has no wings and CF010 has wings. Other than that, there is no difference between the two series. The wings/no wings (wings are the arrow points that stick out beyond the shaft of the arrow) preference is dictated by what is being used throughout the rest of the document/presentation. You want to be sure you are building a consistent looking message. Also, the horizontal inflow has a cut on the left-hand side. You can remove this by eliminating the edit point that creates the cut.
The center can be populated with the name of the cycle or a photograph. The segments can be numbered so a starting and stopping point can be established. Associated text can be placed outside the cycle framework next to each segment. Instead of using horizontal text for the segment descriptors, you can also use arc formats of WordArt.
Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework, 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 Circular Flow
To resize this PowerFramework, you need to group it and scale it while resizing (hold the shift key down while you resize). This is important to do or it will become distorted.
Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the PowerFramework will 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 lines.
3D effects are not recommended for circular flows unless the depth is very, very small. Otherwise, the circles turn into pipes. If you do use 3D, be sure the order of the pieces is correct, otherwise the 3D effect of the pieces will block out parts of the other pieces. Also, when the pieces of a 3D framework are close together, the individual pieces become indistinct. You can you use variations of the same color to create more distinction between the segments. Be aware that using 3D darkens the colors of the object.
Shadows are tricky with this type of framework. The shadow can get in the way with the primary pieces. Also, be sure you layer the pieces correctly, depending on which way the shadow is cast.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu. Gradients, when carefully used, can also add motion to the circular flow part of this type of framework. Remember not to make the gradient too radical from light to dark or the overlaid text will not be clearly readable.
Animations of circular flows can be wipes or fade in to show progression, basically anything that does not fly in from an unconnected origin.