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Non-Data-Driven Pies

Working with Non-Data-Driven Pies

This series is valuable because it is free from data-driven chart constraints. You'll be able to visually display pieces of a whole and add photographs and animation. The series example is only one of many concepts that can be presented with these frameworks. Click on the animation flash in the series detail to see a framework in motion.

Customizing the pies

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the pies, be sure to group the two fields and resize the group. Hold the shift key down as you resize to rescale (keep the circle perfectly round). Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. If you are using more than one pie from this series, import them all and resize them at the same time. Then place each on their respective pages and begin customizations. They will be uniformly sized.

Color variations

You can use colors from your templates color palette. But the pies look particularly nice when they contain pieces of photographs. If you wish to color the photographs (as in the series example), go to the Gradients, patterns, and pictures section below.

PowerPoint 2007 options

The bevels look nice when applied to the pie pieces. You can use drop shadows, but be mindful of the layering so that one pie piece does not drop a shadow onto the other piece.

3D variations

3D effects can be used, but use short depths and apply 3D consistently or the set will not work as a set any longer. Be sure to change the layer order depending on the direction of the 3D.


Shadows can be used, but use short depths and apply shadows consistently or the set will not work as a set any longer. Be sure to change the layer order depending on the direction of the shadow.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

The concept is best displayed with photographs imported into the two pieces of the framework(s). If you are using PowerPoint 2007, you can tint the photographs to give them the same "value." Many times the perfect photograph cannot be used because the colors don't sync with the rest of the collage or the template colors. The ability to tint photographs in PowerPoint 2007 eliminates this problem. The photographs can be tinted by clicking on the imported photograph – the picture format menu will pop up – and selecting a color from the "Recolor" menu. If you want to change the colors in the Recolor menu, select a different color scheme in the Design menu.

You can still "tint" in pre-PowerPoint 2007 versions, but it takes a couple of steps (these steps are for importing different photos into each segment):

  1. First you need to duplicate the layout you want to use and set one layout aside. You'll need the extra set to apply the "tint"
  2. Then format the photograph(s) you want to use as grayscale. You can do this in the "Format picture" menu – just change color to grayscale
  3. Import the photographs into the shapes (use the link below to go to the FAQ about working with photographs)
  4. The last step is to overlay the duplicate layout perfectly over the layout that contains the pictures. Apply a color to the layout and make them semitransparent (maybe between 50-75% transparency). The layout is tinted.

The next step is to import the photographs into the sections of the layout. Refer to the FAQs below for instructions.


A simple animation scheme is best. Have the pie piece fly in/out, fade in/out, etc. Be sure to let your presentation message guide your animation choices. Don't just animate to add glitz.

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