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Spiral Flows 001


Using Spiral Flow 001

The spiral flow is different from other flows in that it radiates out from or to a central point. It is different than concentric circles because it has a continuous flow radiation in or out. If you need fewer segments delete from the inner-most part of the spiral or the outer segments. Some of the frameworks in this series can also be used to indicate a maze or circuitous route.

The center can be populated with the name of the cycle, destination or starting point, or a photograph with text. The segments can be numbered so a starting and stopping point can be established. Associated text can be placed outside the cycle framework with a leader line to each segment. Instead of using horizontal text for the segment descriptors, you can also use arc formats of WordArt.

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework, download it to a specific location on your computer so you'll be able to find it (the desktop is always a good choice).

Customizing your PowerFrameworks Circular Flow

Adjust size

To resize this PowerFramework, you need to group it and scale it while resizing (hold the shift key down while you resize). This is important to do or it will become distorted.

Color variations

Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the PowerFramework will reflect 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 lines.

3D variations

3D effects tend to obscure the flow, but if you use a really small depth (the example above is 12 points), you may be able to use this effect.


Shadows are tricky with this type of framework. You should be very careful, because most of the shadow effects in the menu disrupt the look of the framework, which will detract from the message you are trying to send. Also, make any layering adjustments so that the shadow from one section does not overlap the primary part of another section.

Gradients and patterns

Gradients and patterns can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu. Gradients, when carefully used, can also add motion to the circular flow part of this type of framework. Remember not to make the gradient too radical from light to dark because the overlaid text won't be clearly readable. It is difficult to get the tips darker than the other parts of the spiral segment because the effect has to be added to each segment separately. A nice use of gradient in this type of framework is just fading in the beginning or ending segment where it meets the center (like in the example above).


Animations of spiral flows can be wipes or fade in to show progression, basically anything that does not fly in from an unconnected origin.

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