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Concepts 049

Lighten Load

Using the Plane and Contents

This series helps to illustrate the critical need for lightening the load during a crisis. There are two sets of contents that can be eliminated: necessary content and unnecessary content. Deciding what content to eliminate is the tricky part of this concept, and the illustrations can help you clearly make your point. Each of these contents are a separate download.

Customizing your PowerFrameworks Concept

Adjust size

Group and size as one field if you need to resize the plane and contents. When you ungroup to continue formatting, ungroup only once. Do not ungroup the group that allows for layering when animation is needed.

You can also add a logo, icon, or text in the stripe running from the front to the back of the plane (as in the series example). Use WordArt so you can size the plane without needing to change the font size of the text.

Color variations

Each of the downloads are in three formats: white with gray outline, colored lines and fills, and tone-on-tone lines and fills. Choose which you'd like to use and delete the rest.

Color in accordance with your color palette or use a realistic coloring. Recolor the individual fields within the top layer group without ungrouping (see example above in Adjust Size). You'll need these fields grouped when you begin working with the animation formatting. Fewer layers make formatting easier.

2007 options

The illustrations in this series will not benefit from any of the enhanced formatting options in 2007. Keep these illustrations simple.

3D variations

The illustrations in this series will not benefit from the application of 3D. The effect of the illustrations will actually deteriorate if 3D is applied.


Applying shadows are tricky with this series. It's best to avoid shadows.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

You can add a gradient to the plane if you wish. A gradient that is light on top and dark underneath might work well, creating a shadow on the underside of the plane, wings, and jets.


Place the objects that will be tossed out of the plane on top of the airplane.

Animation can be set so that it is set in motion by one click (download the animation example to see this in action and to see how it is formatted). This requires the use of time delays. Each object is set to be delayed 2 seconds after the previous. A spin can also be added to each object to make the scheme look more realistic. Set the spin to occur with the motion path, but put a 0.5- or 1.0-second delay on the spin. You don't want the object to spin as it's leaving the door or it may peek from beneath the top layer – this will destroy the effect.

You don't have to get as tricky, however. A click to activate each item will work just fine. The only drawback is that each object needs to finish its motion path before the next object can leave the plane. This might weary your audience.

Once the animation is set, click on the layering group and bring it to front. Test the animation to be sure that the motion paths are set correctly. Make any adjustments to the motion paths by editing the points on the path.

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