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Star and Arrows

Using the Star and Arrows

These stars and arrows are unique, functional, and stylish. Use them as a one-to-many graphic layout. They're perfect to use as trackers to impose structure within your presentations.

Customizing the Stars and Arrows

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations.

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 or heaver lines. It's probably better to use two different colors or the same color with a slight variation for the stars and arrows, otherwise the two will blend together and become indistinct. You may want to use a line the same color as the background to separate the arrows from the star.

3D variations

These frameworks look good with 3D applied. You should use a short depth, however, or the circle in the center will turn into a cylinder. Be sure to check the layering/ordering of the pieces to be sure they are good and work with the direction of the 3D effect you chose. The bevels in PowerPoint 2007 work okay – try them if you use bevels elsewhere in your presentation.


Shadows look good with this framework. Be sure the layering/ordering of the pieces of the frameworks are correct according to the direction of the shadow. The shadows in PowerPoint 2007 look especially nice.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Use gradient, patterns, and pictures however you wish. There are not a lot of limitations with these frameworks. The stars are not large, so importing a photograph or an icon will work well in lieu of text.


Animate these clockwise, for example, as a reveal to present the outputs from the star. You can use wipes to reveal the arrows, but just be sure that you set the directions of the wipes individually so that the arrows look like are coming from the star.

The animated example provides a possible animation scheme, with arrows wiping from the star.

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