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Circular Flows 035

Rotary Flow

These circular flows work like a rotary, where lines enter and exit from the circular flow. The circular flow isn't set up in a specific number of steps; it is simply a circular flow to show activity. Things enter the flow and stay in the circular flow until a resolution/recommendation is reached. The lines on the side of the flow enter and exit the flow. You can also just use lines that enter the flow or exit the flow for a completely different concept illustration. The many variations of inflow and outflow lines help you tell a specific story.

Here are the variations (all in one download):

  1. There are three line widths for the rotaries
  2. There are six entry/exit lines on the sides of the circular flow, each can accept line and fill colors
  3. There are two sets of rotaries and lines, and each set has different lengths of lines leading into/out of the circular flow.
  4. The two lines in the middle of the rotary can be flipped vertically to change them to/from inflow/outflow.

Customizing the rotary flows

Before you begin formatting these frameworks, it's important to understand how they are put together.

Adjust size

Group the rotary flows and rescale them by holding the shift key down as you resize.

Color variations

The lines and rotary can receive both line and fill colors, but we've only used fill colors. No need to add border lines.

3D variations

Don't use 3D formatting.


Drop shadows can be especially nice

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Maybe gradients, but no patterns or pictures should be used.


Wipes in the direction of the inflow or outflow are most effective type of animation

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