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Bullet Alternatives 018


There is a version of this in SmartArt, but the boxes extend below the half-circles, making them look unbalanced and unfinished. These layouts are more precisely made and add to a more refined look on a slide. As the name of the series implies, they are perfect for expanding or reducing an idea, concept, practice, etc.: either start small and get larger or start large and get smaller.

Customizing the Expand/Reduce Layouts

Adjust size

Group the whole graphic and resize/rescale. To rescale, hold the shift key down as you resize.

Color variations

Choose colors from your template palette. The semicircle and its associated bar should be colored in a complementary way. Perhaps different hues of the same color so they look like they go together.

3D variations

Don't use 3D on these.


Drop shadows can be used if you group the framework after you've added your text. But if you add shadows to every element in the framework, you'll need to make sure that the layering is correct so shadows appear consistent.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Add photograph images or icon graphics to the semicircles instead of text. This would be a good way to visually categorize each group.


Animate as simple reveals as follows:

  1. Expand concept should be animated to start at the bottom and reveal each expanded section, one after another.
  2. Reduce concept should be animated to start at the top and reveal each expanded section, one after another.

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