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Tutorial for Arrow Variation 014, 015, 016, and 017 – Ribbon Arrows

Using Arrow Variation 014, 015, 016, and 017

These arrows are stylized arrow variations showing an upward or downward flow either from the foreground to the background or the background to the foreground. This is not really 3D, but it works best using different colors for the different segments like a 3D element. The variations also include one to many, many to one, and from many to many.

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. If you want to size it to scale, hold the shift key down. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations.

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. These frameworks tend to work better without a line color. To achieve the best effect, the color you choose for this arrow ribbon will have three hues. The part of the arrow in the foreground will have the lightest hue, the part of the arrow in the background will have the middle hue, and the underside of the ribbon arrow will have the darkest hue.

To select the underside portions of the arrow(s), use the corral method of selection: hold the left-click button down and draw a corral around the underside parts of the arrows. They will all now be active and you can color them all at once.

3D variations

Since these are drawn so they have a 3Dish look, applying a 3D effect is not recommended.


Applying shadows to this framework is not recommended. The underside of the ribbon arrow is already a shadow effect, so applying another type of shadow to the framework would ruin the effect.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Since these frameworks already have three colors applied to their segments, a gradient effect might make it overdone. You might want to consider the fade-in gradient effect, however. This effect is achieved by selecting a horizontal shading style and making the color at the bottom 100% transparent.


Animations of flows should be restricted to wipes, peak in, crawl in, fly in, etc., from beginning of the arrow to the point.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

AV014 – Arrow Variation 014 – Many-to-One Ribbon Arrows

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AV015 – Arrow Variation 015 – Back-to-Front Ribbon Arrows

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AV016 – Arrow Variation 016 – Front-to-Back Ribbon Arrows

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AV017 – Arrow Variation 017 – One-to-Many Ribbon Arrows

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Links to instructions for getting the framework into your presentation

  1. Determine the best file type for your needs
  2. Download the file
  3. Import the framework into your presentation
    1. Importing a PPT file
    2. Importing a EMF or PNG
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