These frameworks are used as an organizational and segmenting tool. Because of the way it is created, each section can be layered so that items can be placed in the slots and appear correctly. Working with this framework requires a more advanced knowledge of PowerPoint than most other frameworks, although the tutorial should be a good enough guide if you want to try it.
These frameworks come in as a shaded image, which is different from most other PowerFrameworks. This has been done so you would have a guide for coloring the framework, as it takes three different hues of the same color.
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 Slots
Remember to group the frameworks before sizing so that the integrity of the framework is maintained. Hold the shift key down if you want to scale it while you are sizing. Ungroup again once it is the size you like so other customizations can be made.
These frameworks are drawn as a 3D object, as opposed to a 2D with 3D effect applied. For that reason, coloring these frameworks takes some thought. Choose a color that is consistent with your color palette. You will need to have three hues of this color, including your palette color. Make the two extra hues of the base color and apply them as shown below.
When the coloring is complete, you are ready to begin grouping the sections so you can "slot" the content for this framework. See below the steps for grouping so that ordering can be accomplished.
This framework relies heaving on proper layering of elements. To learn more about layering read our FAQ on the subject.
Layer Group 1
2 fields grouped together and brought to front.
Layer Group 2
Groups of "inserts" are grouped and layered under layer 1.
Layer Group 3
Group the 5 fields to make layer/group 3 and layer under layer/group 2.
Layer Group 4
Groups of "inserts" are grouped and layered under layer 3.
Layer Group 5
Group and layer these 5 fields and place in back of everything.
The term "layer" is the same as the term "order," which is how PowerPoint refers to this process. A quick instruction for ordering in PowerPoint is: select your object/group, click draw menu, click order, and select one of the four ordering commands.
PowerPoint 2007 options
Since these are drawn in 3D and have built-in shadows, do not apply more of either. This series is drawn so that it does not need specialize formatting to make the frameworks work. Just apply the colors you like.
Do not apply 3D to this as it is already drawn in 3D.
Do not use shadows with this framework, as the shadowing is drawn into it.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
You can use gradients with this framework as long as they are subtle. Otherwise, the gradients will detract from and overpower the concept.
Instead of animating the framework, you may want to consider just animating the content that you add to the slots as reveals.