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Forces 051


Using the Breakthroughs

These are visually descriptive and functional frameworks. They are drawn so that objects can actually flow through the opening in the center of each framework. Splitting and layering the pieces of the framework allows the breakthrough flow to work. Be sure to download the animated example to see how you might wish to use these frameworks.

Working with these frameworks takes some precision and knowledge of layering.

A similar series is the jump-through-hoops series, CN027.

Customizing the Frameworks

Adjust size

Group the fields and size together. To maintain the shape, scale as you resize by holding the shift key down


It's important to understand the layering for these graphics before you begin formatting. The graphics are developed so that the center object pushes to the right. Below you can see the center object nested within the perimeter graphic and moved to the right of the perimeter object (move it in a straight line holding the shift key down so it won't drift up or down). These are the two positions that will work with all of the graphics in this series. Don't animate or move the center object slightly to the right because the layering of the perimeter object distorts the center object.

The layering in the download has been set for all of the graphics. You shouldn't need to adjust anything unless the layering gets reset while you are formatting your slides. The key below will let you know how to reestablish the layering.

IMPORTANT: If you move other object through the perimeter objects, give those objects the same layering as the center object above except that it should also be above field 5 in Perimeter object 1. See the arrow that passes through the perimeter objects in the downloadable animation example.

Color variations

You'll want to color the breakthrough graphics so they blend with your template. The downloads have been colored with two different colors to guide you. You may want to use three colors for more distinction, which is easy to do.

Select a color or colors from your templates color palette and you want to apply that to the top(s) of the round platforms and/or the tops of the pathways. You'll probably need to create a darker hue of that/those colors for the sides of the platforms and/or pathways. Since the pathways and platforms are drawn in 3D you'll need to create and apply colors that represent the shaded part of the main color. The easiest way to do this is to

  • Select the top(s) and the side(s) and apply the color from your template's color palette
  • Then just select the sides and double-click on one of the selected sides. The Format AutoShape menu will come up
  • In the Fill section of the menu, click the downward pointing arrow next to the color box and select More Colors
  • A color menu will appear: move the right-facing arrow next to the color gradient down to get a darker hue of the original fill color
  • Click OK
  • Click OK on Format AutoShape menu.
  • Then apply line colors that match the fill colors for each field in the graphic.

Line should be used for each field and they should match the fill color. This is important so that the fields are perfectly adjacent to each other.

PowerPoint 2007

Do not apply enhanced formatting to these objects.

3D variations

Do not add 3D


Do not apply shadows to the objects because of the layering and the multiple fields

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

PNGs are not eligible for this type of formatting. You can, however, apply any type of formatting you choose to the underlays as described above.


Simple motion paths can be used to move the center object from within the perimeter objects. If you want to get snazzy, you can animate text with reveals and use the 3D arrow to "bump" the center object out of the way (like the series animated example). View the flash to see how this works and download the animated example to see how it is formatted.

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