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Using Explosions

This series is all about nuance. There are certain ways to connect objects that suggest a motion or concept. These connectors suggest that the surrounding circles spring /explode from the center circle – they are not merely connected. You can also use these frameworks to illustrate an object that multiplies.

The center circle is the same size in all of the variations; the surrounding circles vary in size and distance from the center circle.

Customizing the Explosions

Adjust size

If you want to change the size, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. 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 framework reflects 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

These frameworks look good with 3D applied. You should use a short depth, however, or the circles will turn into a cylinders. Be sure to check the layering/ordering of the pieces to be sure they are good and work with the direction of the 3D effect you chose. The bevels (which are considered a 3D effect) in PowerPoint 2007 look nice with this series. The series example uses bevels on the circles.


Shadows look good with this framework. Be sure the layering/ordering of the pieces of the frameworks are correct according to the direction of the shadow. The shadows in PowerPoint 2007 look particularly nice. The glow effect in PowerPoint 2007 also looks good with this framework, but be careful not to add too much "glow."

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

A gradient looks very nice on the connecting fields between the center and outer circles; but it is a little time consuming, especially when there are a lot of connecting fields. The gradient needs to come from the center, so a vertical connecting field, for example, needs a horizontal gradient. A horizontal connecting field needs a vertical gradient, and the diagonal connecting fields need diagonal gradients. If you spend the time applying each gradient according to the orientation of the connecting field, the effect will be nice.


Download the animation scheme for this series and see how the effect was created. It is very easy and looks very slick. Remember to use animation that supports the message of the slide.

The series example is not really using the explosion concept, but the slide communicates that the outer circles spring from the center circle. In cases like this, you can animate each circle to appear as an individual reveal.

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