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Horizontal Flows 060, 062, 064

Rounded Corners

These horizontal flow segments have rounded corners and look like customized elements in your presentations. They are a nice departure from application-generated flow segments. If your presentation rules of style call for soft edges/rounded edges, then these are perfect to keep the elements in your presentation consistent.

Series HF062 is a variation of series HF060. The top part of each segment has been cut so that a complementary color can be used to add interest and style. The top slice isn't really large enough to hold text, so it is more of a design element.

Customizing the vertically sliced circles

Adjust size

Group the flow segments and resize or rescale all at once. To rescale, hold the shift key down as you resize. Then ungroup and proceed with further formatting.

Color variations

Use colors from your PowerPoint template's color scheme. We hope you have set a custom color scheme and are not using the default provided by PowerPoint.

Coloring the top portion of the flow segments in FR062 can be handled in a few different ways. You can choose colors from your palette, hues of the same colors from your palette, or create a color by creating a color from your palette. The first two don't need any explanation, but creating a blended color is a step process.

Adding a blended color option 1:

  1. Make the top slice the same color as the bottom part of the segment. You can use different colors for the segments, as we have done in the series example.
  2. Then duplicate all of the top slices and choose a different color in your color palette than you're using for any of the flow segments. Apply that color to the duplicate top slices.
  3. Apply a 50% semitransparency to the duplicate top slices.
  4. Place the duplicate top slices perfectly over the original top slices.

You now have a slightly different top slice colors for each of the colored flow segments. Here's option 2: use pptXTREME color picker to create the color(s) – we love this utility and use it all the time when producing presentations. Follow the steps below:

  1. Make the top slices the same color as the bottom part of the flow. Each flow segment should be a different color chosen from your color palette.
  2. Overlay a rectangle on all the colored segments of the horizontal flow. Don't cover up the top slices with the overlaid rectangle, however.
  3. Apply a different color from your palette than are being used for any of the flow segments.
  4. Apply a 50% semitransparency to the overlaying rectangle.
  5. Use the pptXTREME add-in to, one by one, color the top slice for each flow segment.
Again, you'll have slightly different top slice colors for each of the colored flow segments. In fact, they will be the same colors as those you've created in option 1.

PowerPoint 2007 options

Drop shadows are nice, but the other formatting obscures the space between the segments. Be careful not to remove clarity by adding too much formatting.

3D variations

Use 3D only if the depth is very shallow: 2-3 points. Don't use 3D with HF062.


Don't use shadows if you are using PowerPoint 2003. They make your presentation look dated. Use a nice drop shadow in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 if you want.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients and imported pictures work nicely in flows.


Simple reveals work the best: fades, glides, wipes, etc.

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