Create Amazing Flyers As You Learn Graphic Design



Step 15: Shape Outline Weight

Set the Shape Outline to the Darker Yellow Color used.

To make the Outline thicker, in the Shape Outline Menu select Weight > 4 1/2 pt.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Shape Outline Weight
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Shape Outline Weight

Have a look at the Multicolored Gradient Background.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Multicolored Gradient Background
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Multicolored Gradient Background


Step 16: Insert Curve - Create Spiral

In the Shapes Menu select Curve from the Lines Section.
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Shapes Lines Curve
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Shapes Lines Curve

Click in a clear area on the side of the Flyer.

Move the mouse slightly over.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Spiral Line
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Spiral Line
You will see a Small Line appear.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Spiral Curve
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Spiral Curve
Continue moving in a Clockwise Direction of a Spiral, clicking and turning as you go. You will notice that the Spiral starts to take shape before your eyes.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Spiral Shape
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Spiral Shape
Double Click to release the Spiral Shape.

You can Edit the Points of this Shape if you need to.

Set the Height and Weight of this shape to 0.5" each.


Step 17: Free Rotate Shape

We need to Rotate this shape a little.

Go to the Home Tab of the Ribbon. In the Arrange Group select Rotate.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Arrange Group Rotate
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Arrange Group Rotate

Select Free Rotate from the Drop Down Menu.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Free Rotate
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Free Rotate

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Free Rotate Handles
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Free Rotate Handles
4 Green Circular Handles will appear around the New Shape.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Free Rotated Spiral
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Free Rotated Spiral
Move your Cursor over any of these Handles and while holding down your Left Mouse button, drag to the Right or Left, stopping when the end of the Spiral is facing upward.



Step 18: Shape Effects - Glow

In the Shape Styles Group of the Format Tab, select Shape Effects.
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Shape Styles Group Shape Effects
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Shape Styles Group Shape Effects

From the Shape Effects drop down menu select Glow > More Glow Colors > Dark Green.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Shape Effects Glow Colors Green
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Shape Effects Glow Colors Green

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Spiral With Green Glow
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Spiral With Green Glow
The Spiral now has a Dark Green Glow.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Spiral With Green Glow White Outline
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Spiral With Green Glow White Outline
Then set the Shape's Outline to White.

Next create some Duplicates of the Shape and start lining them up to form a Christmas Tree.

Remember, to make the Tree look better, don't have all the Spirals face the same direction. Change it up a bit.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Background with Christmas Tree
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Background with Christmas Tree

Free Rotate some of them. You can even Flip them.

On the same Rotate Menu, select Flip Vertical or Flip Horizontal.



Step 19: Glow Variations

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Objects Group Shapes
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Objects Group Shapes
Let's add another Shape - an Oval. This time we can do it from the Objects Group of the Home Tab.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Colored Oval
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Colored Oval
Set its Height and Width to 0.15". Pick a random Color for its Fill and set the Outline Color to White.

Let's play with the Glow Options for this shape by selecting Shape Effects > Glow > Glow Variations > Glow Options.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Shape Effects Glow Options
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Shape Effects Glow Options

In the Format Shape Window, set the Glow Color to White, Size to 5pt and Transparency to 20%.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Glow Options
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Glow Options

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Oval With Glow
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Oval With Glow
Apply Duplicates of this Oval on the Christmas Tree, changing only the Fill Colors for variety.

Now you've created your very own custom Christmas Tree.

Let's add the Star on top.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Custom Christmas Tree
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Custom Christmas Tree



Step 20: Insert 5-Point Star

Select the 5-Point Star from the Stars and Banners Section of the Shapes Menu.
Microsoft Publisher 2013 5 Point Star Shape
Microsoft Publisher 2013 5 Point Star Shape

Drag and draw the Star on the Canvas.

Set its Height to 0.65" and its Width to 0.7". Create 1 Duplicate of this Star and set its Dimensions to Height 1.05" and its Width to 1.15".



Step 21: Arrange - Bring Forward

Select the Smaller Star and in the Arrange Group of the Format Tab, select Bring Forward.
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Arrange Group Bring Forward
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Arrange Group Bring Forward

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Bring Forward Star
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Bring Forward Star
The Smaller Star will now be in front of the Larger Duplicate. Use your Arrow Keys to Center the Smaller Star above the other.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Yellow & White Star
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Yellow & White Star
Select both Stars and change their Fill Color to Yellow with a White Outline.

Select the Larger Star and give it a 10pt, 5% Transparency, White Glow.

Move both Stars above the Christmas Tree.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Star Above Tree
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Star Above Tree

Select both Stars and in the Arrange Group click on the Group Icon.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Arrange Group Icon
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Arrange Group Icon

This will make the Stars easier to move together. Rotate the Star slightly.



Step 22: Arrange - Send Backward

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Star Ontop Tree
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Star OnTop Tree
We need to place the Star behind the Tree as you can see.

Select the Star and click on the select the Backward Icon of the Arrange Group.

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Arrange Group Send Backward
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Arrange Group Send Backward

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Star Behind Tree
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Star Behind Tree
The Star has been moved.