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Circular Flows 013, 014

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Using Circular Flows 013 and 014

Circular flows depict virtuous and vicious cycles. The horizontal lead-in flow and the last segment of the cycle are distinct and separate (unlike CF007 and CF008). CF013 has no wings and CF014 has wings. Other than that, there is no difference between the two series. 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 document/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 your PowerFrameworks Circular Flow

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 presentation. Select "No line" if you want to eliminate the outline of the object, or change the line point size if you want thinner lines.

PowerPoint 2007 options

The upper-left example is an inner shadow, which works well and gives the circular flow some depth. The upper-right example is a shadow applied to the grouped circular flow. By applying the shadow to the group, you won't experience any problems with the shadows of individual segments overlaying other segments. If you animate the circular flow, however, you may not be able to use this type of shadow. The lower-left example is a simple bevel, which looks nice. The lower-right example is a glow, which also looks nice. Be careful about which color you select for the glow, because if the glow color is too close to the segments color, The segments will just look fuzzy and the separation between the segments will not be distinct.

3D variation

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 that you adjust the order of the pieces, depending on the angle of 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. To counteract this, apply a gradient with two colors and then apply the desired color to both colors in the gradient.


Shadows are tricky with this type of framework. Do not use shadows that are too long or they will distract from the main flow. Also, make any layering adjustments depending on the direction the shadow is cast.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu. 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 or the overlaid text that will not be clearly readable.


Animations of circular flows can be wipes or fade in to show progression, basically anything that does not fly in from an unconnected origin. If you animate with wipes, be sure to animate each piece individually, as the wipe needs to originate from different angles depending on which way the arrow segment is pointing.

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