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A breakthrough graphic works so well to introduce a new idea, product, offering, solution, etc. These six breakthrough graphics will help you illustrate your breakthroughs easily and impactfully.

The hole in the center of the breakthrough graphic allows you to place a photograph or image behind the graphic for maximum impact. Or you may simply want to use the block of color that is provided in the download. All six versions of the breakthroughs are included in the one download. Use several for multiple breakthroughs or choose one you like best and delete the rest.

This series is for use with PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 only (and any subsequent versions of PowerPoint). The shadow features in PowerPoint 2003 do not work well with this type of graphic, so it is not available as a PowerPoint 2003 download.

Customizing the Breakthrough graphics

Adjust size

Group the graphic and resize/rescale (hold shift key down as you resize).

Color variations

The "paper" is white in the downloads, but you can recolor it to match your company's template. There is also a technique you can use if your template has a gradient or pattern as a background.

  • If you have a white background in your PowerPoint template, then these graphics are ready to use.
  • If you have a solid color background, then you'll need to recolor the "paper" and the "breakthrough paper." The "paper" part of the graphic is the large square surrounding the breakthrough. If you know your background color, then simply apply that color to the "paper" part of the graphic. If you don't know the precise background color in your template, you should consider getting pptXtreme ColorPicker or other such add-in utility. We really like pptXtreme ColorPicker. It's only $19.95 and it's very easy to use. Once you have the "paper" the same color as your template background, select the "breakthrough paper," which is the "torn" part of the graphic that creates the hole. Make these "breakthrough paper" pieces a slightly different color than the "paper." Also apply the slightly different color as a line color. The shadows are preformatted in these torn "breakthrough papers." Then just remove the field between the "paper" and the "background paper" and replace it with your sized photograph.
  • If your template background is an image or has a gradient, you'll need to approach this a little differently. It's very simple. Just follow along step by step.
    • You need to do one of the following. Take a screenshot of your background, make a copy using an application like Snagit, or go into your template background menu and save your background as a picture. Any of these techniques will work.
    • Size and place the breakthrough graphic exactly where you want it on your slide. You can't adjust the size or placement after the breakthrough graphic is formatted.
    • Place the copy of your background under the breakthrough graphic.
    • Turn on "Snap objects to other objects" in your Grids and Guides menu.
    • Crop the copy of your background so that it is exactly the same size as the "paper" part of the breakthrough graphic (the large square around the breakthrough hole).
    • Check to be sure that it lines up perfectly with your background and looks seamless.
    • Select the "torn breakthrough paper" pieces around the hole and apply a solid color to them. They should not match your template's background because they represent the back side of a piece of paper. Choose a complementary color or use white.
    • Then just remove the field between the "paper" and the "background paper" and replace it with your sized photograph.

PowerPoint 2007 options

No, none.

3D variations



The shadows are preset, but if you need to reset them for some reason, the graphic below is the formula we used.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

This is described above.


No animations. It's not possible to animate a "breakthrough."

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