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Arrow Variations 009

Flows to/from Center

Using Arrow Variation 009

Arrow variations are series of more specialized flow concepts, used either to illustrate a precise message or to add emphasis and interest to the page. These arrow variations are designed to suggest an inward flow.

The center can either be a point of departure (side information springing from center), a destination (side information feeding into center), or an interim step (left-to-right transition of process). This framework can be used as is or mixed and matched with others in this series. See example of how to use this framework in a mix-and-match structure.

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework arrow variation, 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 Arrow Variations

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. If you are going to mix and match, bring both frameworks onto your page and size them together so that they will fit together easily and perfectly.

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 variations

3D doesn't work very well with this type of framework, as the multiple fields in the framework are difficult to layer correctly to provide a realistic 3D effect. The example above is actually a 3D, however; but the center circle has been deleted and the depth of the 3D is very small. This is about as good as it gets as a 3D.


Shadow effects are also difficult to achieve correctly The layering will have to be adjusted according to which direction the shadows fall. If you are uncomfortable with fine tuning in this manner, it's probably best to stay away from shadows.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients can be applied in a few really nice ways. Play with the options to see which you like the best.


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. A good animation scheme for this might be for each side to wipe in from the outside, so the arrows pointing to the center are accentuated.

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