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Microsoft Publisher Christmas Toy Drive Flyer Tutorial


This tutorial gives the illustrated step by step instructions to create a Christmas Toy Drive Flyer using the Business Application - Microsoft Publisher 2013.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Christmas Toy Drive Flyer
Microsoft Publisher Christmas Toy Drive Flyer

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Steps


01: Publication Types
02: Margins
03: Insert Scribble
04: Edit Shape Points
05: Set Object Size
06: Create Duplicates
07: Rotate Shape
08: Edit Points
09: Format Shape Outline
10: Gradient Shape Fill
11: Three Color Gradient
12: Gradient Variation - Linear Up
13: Gradient Variation - Linear Left & Right
14: Insert Oval
15: Shape Outline Weight
16: Insert Curve - Create Spiral
17: Free Rotate Shape
18: Shape Effects - Glow
19: Glow Variations
20: Insert 5 Point Star
21: Arrange - Bring Forward
22: Arrange - Send Backward
23: Free Vector Clip Art
24: Insert Images
25: Resize & Order Images
26: Free Fonts
27: Insert Text
28: Text Fill & Outline
29: Text Effects - Shadow
30: Line Spacing & Alignment
31: Add Remaining Text
32: Recolor Snowflake Image
33: Save File

Step 01: Publication Types

After you've opened Microsoft Publisher 2013, you will see a huge display of available Publisher Templates.

Select the first option - Blank 8.5 x 11".
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Available Templates
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Available Templates


Your Blank Template will appear on the screen. Let's begin creating this Christmas Toy Drive Flyer.


Step 02: Margins

Go to the Ribbon and select the Page Design Tab.
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Page Design Tab
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Page Design Tab

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Page Setup Group
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Page Setup Group
In the Page Setup Group select the Margins Icon.

Let's select the Narrow option from the drop down menu which sets the Top, Bottom, Left and Right Margins to 0.25" each.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Magin Options
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Margin Options


Step 03: Insert Scribble

Creating the background for the Flyer will be a bit complicated using Publisher, but I promise you will love the result.

On the Ribbon, select the Insert Tab.
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Insert Tab
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Insert Tab

In the Illustrations Group, select Shapes.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Illustrations Group Shapes
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Illustrations Group Shapes

From the drop down Shapes Menu select the Scribble Icon from the Lines Section.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Shapes Scribble Icon
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Shapes Scribble Icon

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Scribble Cursor
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Scribble Cursor
Your Cursor will change to a Tiny Pencil.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Elongated Scribble Triangle
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Elongated Scribble Triangle
Holding down your Left Mouse Button draw an elongated Triangle as best you can on the screen, then release.

Ok, you should notice a few things. The Shape which has a Blue Fill, Black Outline by Default, is surrounded by Resizing Handles.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Format Tab
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Format Tab
The Ribbon changes to the Format Tab.

And finally, I must point out..... this new Shape looks absolutely horrible.

So, let's remedy that.



Step 04: Edit Shape Points

In the Insert Shapes Group, select Edit Shape.
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Insert Shapes Group Edit Shape
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Insert Shapes Group Edit Shape

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Edit Shape Points
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Edit Shape Points
From the drop down menu select Edit Points.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Shape With Points
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Shape With Points
Many tiny Black Points appear around the shape.

The steadier your hand while drawing, the less points you will have to deal with.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Zoom In
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Zoom In
You can Zoom In closer to the shape by clicking on the + Sign in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Move your Cursor over any of the Points on a line except for the Endpoints.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Crooked Line With Points
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Crooked Line With Points

Microsoft Publisher 2013 4 Point Arrow
Microsoft Publisher 2013 4 Point Arrow
The Cursor will change to a 4 Point Arrow.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Edit Point Menu
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Edit Point Menu
Right click and select Delete Point from the menu that appears.

Not only does the Point disappear, but the Line also straightens a bit.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Straightening Line
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Straightening Line

If at any time you deselect the Shape you will have to get back to the Edit Shape Menu.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Line With Points Removed
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Line With Points Removed

Move your cursor over an Endpoint, hold the left mouse button down and drag upward to the Top Margin (the Blue Dotted Line). Repeat for the Endpoint on the right.

The Line is not perfect, but it is much straighter.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Straighter Line With Points
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Straighter Line With Points

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Points Removed 2 Lines
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Points Removed 2 Lines
Spend a couple minutes removing the Points from the other 2 Lines.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Points Removed
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Points Removed
Notice that there are 2 Points at each corner.

For each pair of Points, drag a Point above or to its Endpoint.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Straightened Scribble Shape
Microsoft Publisher
2013 Straightened
Scribble Shape
This is the enhanced Scribble Shape.

So you're probably wondering just why did we go through all of this trouble just to draw a Triangle. The reason is that we need to move these shapes around the entire flyer, manipulating some Endpoints as we go.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Shapes Menu Triangle
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Shapes Menu Triangle

If you inserted a regular Triangle from the Shapes Menu, and then tried to use the Edit Shape Menu, you would see that the Edit Points option would not be available.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Edit Shape No Points
Microsoft Publisher 2013
Edit Shape No Points

If you know of another solution, please feel free to let me know.



Step 05: Set Object Size

Ok, you can Zoom Out of the document by clicking on the - Sign at the bottom right.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Size Group Height & Width
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Size Group Height & Width
To lengthen the Shape a little, select it, and in the Size Group of the Format Tab, set Height to 4.25" and Width to 1.25".

Hit your Enter Key or click in any White Area to see the change made to the Shape.



Step 06: Create Duplicates

We need to have 13 of these shapes. So let's make 12 Duplicates of the Original Shape.
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Home Tab
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Home Tab

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Clipboard Group Copy
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Clipboard Group Copy
On the Home Tab of the Ribbon select Copy from the Clipboard Group.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Clipboard Group Paste
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Clipboard Group Paste

Then select Paste from this Clipboard Group a total of 12 times.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Duplicates
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Duplicates
The Duplicates will be placed above the Original.

The good thing about Microsoft Publisher over Microsoft Word is that you can drag what you are not currently uisng over to the sides of the page.

So leave these Duplicates on the side while you work with just one Shape at a time.