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Ribbon Flows 009, 010


Using Ribbon Flows 009 and 010

These frameworks are horizontal flows that change elevations. The downloads are low to high, but if the are grouped and flipped vertically, they become high to low. They are particularly helpful to illustrate movement of a flow through tiers or other levels (as shown in the series example). They can also be used to show a directional change in response to events (two directional changes; therefore, two events).

Customizing your PowerFrameworks Ribbon Flows

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. You can also adjust the space between the pieces.

Color variations

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 or heaver lines.

3D variation

A 3D effect adds volume to the PowerFramework, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after it is imported. Use medium-size depth, like 24 points, so the shadow portion of the framework does not overpower the front, where the text will be. Be aware that the 3D tool, when applied, changes the color of the object and gives a shading effect as well. You can control the color of the 3D if you apply a gradient with two colors and apply the color you want to both colors. The layer order is important when working with 3D objects. After you apply 3D, reorder the individual objects if necessary by sending to back or bringing to front, etc.

The bevels in PowerPoint 2007 (which is technically a 3D effect) don't work very well with this framework. They make the flow look too substantial and stationary.


A shadow effect adds interest and dimension to a graphic, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after the PowerFramework has been imported. If you want to place text above or below the framework and the shadows are in the way, the colors/shades of the shadows can be adjusted so the text will "pop." Otherwise, select a shadow that falls very close to the main field.

If you are using PowerPoint 2007, the drop shadows "lift" the flow off of the page. This is a nice effect.

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 a flow such as this.

Pictures are tricky with this type of a flow. Though must go into selecting complementary photos for each segment, coloring each photograph so that they appear cohesive as a group, etc. Done well, it can be a spectacular look; done badly and it loses effectiveness.


Animations of flows should be restricted to wipes, peak in, crawl in, fly in, etc., from the left or right to show a build and to enhance the effect of the flow. Since these do not flow in one continuous direction, it may take a little more effort to get segments to animate in the direction their pointing. Download the animated example to see a way to animate this flow.

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