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Using the Mazes

These maze frameworks are an interesting alternative to simply explaining a success or failure to reach a goal. They can also be used to show difficulties, changing course, trial and error, etc.

There are four variations and they are in 2D and several 3D layouts. The 2D variations can be used with animation to illustrate a path to a goal or prize. The 3D layouts can be colored to match your company's color palette and be used to illustrate the message below; there are 6 3D variations.

  1. V1 has 2 entrances/or an entrance and exit to the maze – there is also an enlarged area that can be used as a goal or hiding place
  2. V2 also has 2 entrances or an entrance and exit to the maze – there is also an enlarged area that can be used as a goal or hiding place
  3. V3 has 4 entrances and a very straight path to the center goal, which can be used to depict a simple endeavor or as a counterpoint to the other mazes
  4. V4 has only 1 entrance and no observable goal, a complicated effort with no payoff.
  5. V5 is a bonus download to help you make your own mazes – it's very simple to use. There are no 3D variations with this download.

Customizing the Mazes

Creating new mazes

Select download CN044 Framework v5 as a starting point. Then simply begin removing squares to create your own path. View the flash to the right for a peek at how to do this.

Creating paths within the mazes

The part you will need to create is the path. It's pretty simple. Take a look at the flash to the left to get an idea about how to do this.

Adjust size

If you want to change the maze, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. The 3D versions are already grouped in the downloads. 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 maze will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. There are three colors used in shading the 3D maze versions. The lightest color in the example below is the template palette color. The "shaded" parts of the maze are colored with darker hues of the palette color. The darkest hue is applied to the sections that face forward. The middle hue is for the sections that are side-facing. You'll need to create these as you color this mazes: 1) color the shaded segment the same color as the light palette color; 2) double click on the shaded section you want to change; 3) in the Format AutoShape menu, click on the downward pointing arrow on the far right of the fill color display; 4) click on "More Colors" and then the "Custom" tab; 5) drag the arrow next to the gradient column down until you like the "shaded" color; 6) click okay twice or until you get back to the maze drawing on your slide. The shaded field should now have the darker hue you chose. Do this until all of the shaded segments are darkened.

Once you have created the two hues, apply them consistently to the segments.

Make the line colors the same as the fill colors.

PowerPoint 2007 options

The mazes are already drawn with shadows, so it's not advisable to add more shadows. Also, the mazes are drawn in 3D, so don't add any other 3D effects. Basically, we don't recommend formatting for these frameworks other than color.

3D variations

Do not apply 3D to these mazes; they're already drawn in 3D so use one of those.


Do not apply shadows to mazes.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Do not apply gradients, patterns, or pictures to these mazes. They're not needed and are difficult to apply consistently.


Animations are very very specific with these mazes. The paths need to be developed with wipes in the appropriate directions. The flash above explains the animation scheme. Here are the written directions, however:

  1. After your segments are drawn and aligned perfectly, select the path segment that enters the maze and animate it to wipe in the appropriate direction on click.
  2. Select the selection next section (next the the one you just animated) and animate it to enter with a wipe in the appropriate direction and start "After previous."
  3. Select the next section and perform the same steps as described in No. 2 above. Then continue in the same manner with all the remaining segments.

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