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Circular Flows 021, 022, 037, 038


Using Circular Flows 021, 022, 37 and 38

This addition to the circular flow category brings a new type of versatility to all of the circular flow series.

  1. A segment in this series can replace a segment in other circular flows without wings.
  2. The segments within this series can be swapped out to create customized circular flows. The series example is a combination of the 2-, 4-, and 6-segment circular flow frameworks.

The combinations that you'll be able to create are unusual as well as functional. With the enhanced formatting capabilities in PowerPoint 2007, you'll be able to create some very nice signature graphics within minutes.

These circular flows are the flows from CF003 and CF004 that have been split in band around the outside of the flow. The flows from these series and those from CF003 and CF004 are completely interchangeable. They can, of course, also be used as is and strategically colored to add another layer of information.

Circular flows depict virtuous and vicious cycles. These particular series of cycles can be used to add a little complexity to those cycles. The wings/no wings (wings are the arrow points that stick out beyond the shaft of the arrow) preference is dictated by what is being used throughout the rest of the presentation. You want to be sure you are building a consistent looking message.

The center can be populated with the name of the cycle or a photograph. The segments can be numbered so a starting and stopping point can be established. Associated text can be placed outside the cycle framework next 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 Circular Flows

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 are not recommended for circular flows unless the depth is very, very small. Otherwise, the circles turn into pipes. If you do use 3D, be sure the order of the pieces is correct so that the 3D effect of the pieces do not block out the other pieces, which will disrupt the 3D effect. Also, when the pieces of a 3D framework are close together, the individual pieces become indistinct. You can you use variations of the same color to create more distinction between the segments. Be aware that using 3D darkens the colors of the object. The order of the flow segments may need to be adjusted, depending on which way the 3D is angled.

Shadows and gradients

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, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu in the pre-PowerPoint 2007 versions. 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 text that will be placed in the segment will need to contrast well with the background in order to be readable.


Animate as a fade in or a simple reveal. Wipes can be tricky. The limited choices of wipe angles make it difficult to get a smooth reveal. It's better to stick with a nondirectional reveal.

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