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Circle Segment Breakouts

This series contains frameworks that make it easy to add images to help define the segments of a circle. These frameworks are designed to work with small segmented circles with limited text; but if you want to enlarge the existing segmented circle, you can certainly do so. This will, however, make it more difficult to find and use photographs that work when imported into the nonuniform shapes of the breakouts. There are 4 versions and 28 downloads available to you, so you'll be sure to find a good layout for the space on the slide that is available:
  • V1 has a segmented circle with a segmented halo and is a perfect square
  • V2 has a segmented circle with a segmented halo and is a rectangle
  • V3 has a segmented circle and is a perfect square
  • V4 has a segmented circle and is a rectangle.

Customizing the Segmented Breakouts

Adjust size

Group the framework before you resize. Consider rescaling the framework by holding the shift key down as you resize. Then your circle will retain its perfect dimensions.

Color variations

All of the fields in these framework can receive fill and line colors. Choose colors from your template's palette to make sure the frameworks blend well with the other content in your presentation.

PowerPoint 2007 options

Not really needed.

3D variations

Don't use 3D


Here are some ways you can apply shadows to these frameworks:

  • Shadow breakout sections after they are grouped
  • Shadow circle sections after they are grouped and place on top of the shadow breakout sections
Applying shadows to individual circle sections and breakout sections creates a problem with layering. We don't recommend it.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients and patterns may be okay to use with the circle sections if they are subdued and don't interfere with the readability of the text. Pictures are a little tricky. Since the breakout sections are irregular sizes, it's important to choose pictures that work with the shape you wish to use. The aspects of the picture that tell its story must be still visible after the picture has been imported into the shape.

Click here to go to the FAQ that explains cutting photographs into puzzle pieces or any irregularly shaped objects.


Animate each circle section and breakout section as sequential reveals.

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