Using the Tickets
The tickets and coupons are a nice way to announce an event, describe a discount, or convey VIP status. The series example shows a way to use a coupon when it is not really a coupon. The tear-apart tickets can be used as a complementary graphic when talking about attendance. With a little imagination, there can be many uses for these graphics.
Customizing the Tickets/Coupons
If you want to change the size/shape of the tickets and coupons, be sure to group them and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations.
Color can be applied to all of the tickets and coupons, either to match your template's color palette or with colors that are normally seen on tickets and coupons. Some of the precolored tickets are typical color schemes.
If you choose to use 3D, be sure that the depth is extremely small. Otherwise, they cease to look like tickets or coupons.
Shadows lift the object off the page. Use shadows with these tags to add a little more realism. But use them carefully. Use shadows that fall very close to the tags. The shadows in PowerPoint 2007 are particularly nice to use with these frameworks.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients can sometimes add a bit more realism. Remember, this is not a design element, it is a representation of an actual item. You want to format it so that it continues to look like a tag. See the example for shadows above, it has a slight gradient applied.
Since there are no movable parts on a tag, restrict the animation to the tag flying onto the slide or zooming in with text or prior to adding the text, which can be added with on clicks. See the downloadable animation example for a possible animation scheme.