Using the Cards
The cards are designed so that you can add your messages easily. The surfaces for the cards are either flat or nearly flat, which means your content need not be rotated in order to look like it's part of the card – a very nice feature.
There is only one download with this series. There are several versions of the same graphic to enable you to use them in multiple ways: a completely editable version, uneditable versions (but they can be tinted in PowerPoint 2007); and a version that has a faded edge so your content can occupy the card and the area to the right of the card, much like the book and clipboard graphics available on PowerFrameworks.
There are so many way to add these graphics to a slide. In several versions the right side of the card has faded away, making a nice transition to a quote or excerpt that will be highlighted on the slide. This technique is also seen in the clipboard framework and the magnifying glass framework – a nice device.
There are many options available within this series. You will need to determine how you want to use the frameworks/graphics before you download. For this reason, we have only one download for this series, which contains all of the possibilities. Review the different cards and select the one you wish/delete the unneeded.
Customizing the Cards
Uneditable cards: to keep the same scale, hold the shift key down while sizing.
Editable cards: group first and then resize (hold shift key down while resizing to maintain scale).
The uneditable cards are not eligible for color changes in PowerPoint versions prior to PowerPoint 2007. The uneditable books, however, are drawn with degrees of transparency so that a template's background shows through, so they don't look bland.
To recolor the uneditable cards in PowerPoint 2007: click on the book, click on Format, and then click on Recolor. Then select the desired tint.
Other than recoloring uneditable cards(above), a pretty drop shadow added to a grouped set of book might be nice to add features PowerPoint 2007. Don't add shadows to the emf books in PowerPoint 2003, however.
Do not add 3D to the PNGs. The books are already drawn in 3D.
Don't apply shadows to the PNGs. You can, however, add a realistic looking shadow to make it look like its standing up.
In PowerPoint 2003, the shadow library is easy to use. All of the options are visible and the shadow settings menu lets you adjust/shift the shadows a bit. In PowerPoint 2007, it is not as easy. Here is a possible shadow example and the menu for the settings. It's a bit of a trial-and-error method of getting the shadows set in PowerPoint 2007.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
The uneditable cards are not eligible for this type of formatting. You can add gradients to the editable cards to give them dimension and enhance realism. Don't try to import pictures onto the covers, however – the images don't appear correctly. Just place the pictures/images on top of the card surface.
No animation example has been included with this series. Simple reveals are best to use. Be sure to view the animation video and download the animation example for a possible animation scheme.