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Expanding Fan

These fans are a nice departure from rows in a table. Different colors for each "row" can be used to add interest, but only if you don't need colors to highlight a row. These frameworks can be flipped horizontally for an another way to present your message, or they can be mixed and matched (e.g., a single starting point can break into many rows – see the tutorial for an illustration of this use). Also, see the tutorial for other uses and formatting techniques.

Customizing the frameworks

Adjust size

Be sure to group these frameworks before you resize. Once grouped, they can be resized to any dimension. Additionally, if you wish to enlarge the side fields (not the connecting fields), you can just select all of the fields on one size and stretch horizontally. This is important because you can create a customized layout to accommodate your text.

Color variations

It's important to select colors of the same hue for the three fields in each row. The connecting field(s) should be the darkest. Each row can be a different color, each with the three hues of the same color.

3D variations

Don't use 3D with these frameworks. The connecting pieces in the darker hues create the impression of 3D.


Shadows are unnecessary. The connecting pieces in the darker hues create the impression of shadows.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

You can add gradients or pictures to these frameworks, although it's not necessary.


Simple sequential reveals are best. Reveal rows from left to right in a manner that coincides with

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