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Network (Expanded)

Using the Network Frameworks (Expanded)

This series extends the RE001 – Network series, which contains variations with 3-8 circles around a larger center circle. RE074 contains variations with 9-24 circles around a larger circle. When you are constructing complex networks, you can pull from both of these series.

It's difficult to draw group of circles in a circle or in an arc. The distribution of the satellites around the center object are equidistant. Even when using the Diagram Tool in PowerPoint, it is impossible to remove some of the circles to create an arc. The circles that are left just redistribute around the central object. These series solve that problem.

These frameworks work nicely to show "satellites" circling or surrounding a main body – a network. They can be used to show hierarchy in an organization, product spinoffs, ideas around a mission, etc. You can reduce the center figure and add connecting lines (see series TO029, which are used in the top example to the right) or add another circle that connects the satellites (like in the example for RE001 to the middle right). The connections can be between the satellites as well as with the center object. The example at the bottom right is actually the example EM001. Notice that the star/burst is ghosted behind the network to help define the relationship.

If you combine with this series with TO029 – which contains sets of 3-24 lines broadcasting from a center point – download the same number of broadcast lines as you have for the network circles. They're simple to line up: select, for example a set from RE074 with 9 circles and a set from TO029 with 9 lines. Before you ungroup them, center them vertically and horizontally. They will be aligned and ready to format when you ungroup them.

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework, 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 the Networks


You can size these frameworks in a couple of different ways. You can change the size/shape of the PowerFramework as a group, which will scale it (example on the left above). To scale, hold the shift key down as you resize. Or you can ungroup the framework, select all of the objects of the framework, and size them all at once while holding the shift key down. This will scale each object instead of the whole framework. Once resized, proceed with other customizations.


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

Here are two 3D schemes to compare. The short depth (12 points) in the first example look pretty good for this type of framework. The example on the right make it look like cylinders instead of circles or spheres.


A shadow effect adds interest and dimension to a graphic, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after the framework has been imported. If you have text associated with each satellite, you may want to keep the shadow scheme conservative and close to the object.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu. This particular gradient turns a circle into a sphere (visually only).


Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. Motion animations can be added, but you have to be pretty good at animating to attempt this.

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