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Using the Leverage Concept

The Stanley leverage series can be used to illustrate balance or leverage. Leverage is a common topic within businesses. Placing identifiers on each if the components of these illustrations can help bring a clear understanding of different leveraging opportunities.

Customizing the leverage illustrations

Adjust size

Be sure to group before sizing and hold the shift key down to be sure that it scales properly. If you use several of the leverage Stanleys, be sure to size them so that they are the same size. This has been done for you in the downloads; but if you need to resize further, resize them all. When you size the Stanleys down, be sure to reduce the line point size so the detail of the drawings can be preserved.

Color variations

There are four PNGs in one download, which are not editable. They do appear more hand drawn than the editable versions. If you want a "sketchy" artist drawing, the PNGs may suit your purposes.

There are nine graphics in the editable download. Each has been realistically colored and tone-on-tone colored. There is also a seesaw that can be animated to tip both ways.

2007 options

These types of illustrations do not benefit from effects formatting. You should stay away from these and stick to the line and fill colors only. The PNGs can be tinted/recolored as you world a photograph.

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.


Simple reveals are best with leverage Stanley. Animating his arms or legs does not look realistic. The animation download does provide a simple animation where the dollar sign is spun upward. The spin animation has limitations, however. The spinning seesaw portion of the drawing looks like it bitmaps as it is moving, so it is not a great animation option. This is a limitation within PowerPoint rather than a flaw with the illustrations.

There is also a seesaw graphic in the editable download. This has been animated with the spin effect so that each side moves up and down. Again, the seesaw appears to bitmap.

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