Using the Rectangle Segments
The frameworks in this series can be used to illustrate a main thought and related subthoughts. Although these frameworks are rather large, the many-segment frameworks cannot hold a significant amount of text because the segment borders are irregularly shaped. Use these frameworks as a bold introduction of a thought supported by subthoughts as sentence fragments. These frameworks also work as a bullet alternative and associated document-structure tracker. You'll also find this series listed in the Segments Category.
Customizing the Ovals
If you want to change the size/shape of the segmented rectangle, be sure to group and hold the shift key down while sizing so the framework stays uniform and scales correctly. If you are using more than one rectangle from this series in your presentation, import them all and then size them all at once. This way they are consistently sized within the document.
Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the rectangle segments will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. If the segments are different colors, you can eliminate the line color.
PowerPoint 2007 options
The bevels work well and some of the shadows. The shadows work best if the framework is grouped and a shadow is applied to the group instead of the individual pieces.
3D works with these frameworks if the depth is very shallow and the layering is correct.
Shadows don't add much to the visual appeal for these frameworks. But if you want to use them, be conservative and apply shadows that are cast closely to the objects.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients can add interest and emphasis to these frameworks. The white lines can be eliminated and the gradients can be used to create distinction between the objects. The example below does not offer enough color variation to eliminate the need for the lines, but it is easy to slide the Dark/Light bar on the Fill Effects menu to make the gradient more pronounced.
Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. Good choices are simple sequential reveals of the segments or reveals of just the text within the segments. Refer to the downloadable animation scheme for ideas about how to do this.