Microsoft Publisher Easter Egg Hunt Flyer Tutorial
This tutorial gives the illustrated step by step instructions to create a Easter Egg Hunt Flyer using the Business Application - Microsoft Publisher.
01: Publication Types
03: Insert Freeform Shape
04: Edit Shape
05: Add Point
06: Smooth Point
07: Set Shape Dimensions
08: Create Duplicate
09: Flip Object Vertically
10: Format Shape Fill
11: Format Shape Outline
12: Royalty Free Clip Art
13: Insert Images
14: Flip Image Horizontally
15: Recolor Image
16: Arrange - Send Backward
17: Create Easter Eggs
18: Pattern Fills
19: Rotate Shapes
20: Free Fonts
21: Insert WordArt
22: Edit WordArt
23: Text Outline Weight
24: Drop Shadow
25: Add & Format Text
26: Save File
Upon opening Microsoft Publisher 2010, you will see a listing of Available Templates.
This window has Categories for Blank Templates, Most Popular (popular documents created) and More Templates (other publication types).
Select Blank 8.5 x 11". It's Orientation is set to Portrait.
This will bring you to your Blank Canvas where you can begin designing the Easter Egg Hunt Flyer.
Go to the Ribbon, select the Page Design Tab in the Page Setup Group and select the Margins Icon.
From the drop down menu select Narrow which sets the Top, Bottom, Left and Right Margins to 0.25 Inches respectively.
So we'll be keeping all essential parts of the Design within these Margins.
You need to Zoom in to the document some more to be better able to carry out the next step. At the bottom right of the window you will see the Zoom Level for the Flyer.
Click the Plus Sign a few times to increase the Zoom to 90%. To Zoom out just click the Minus Sign.
On the Home Tab, select Shapes from the Objects Group.
From the Shapes Menu select the Freeform Icon either from the Recently Used Shapes Section or the Lines Section.
Using the Blue Margins as a guide, move your Plus Sign Cursor over the top left corner, click once and drag the cursor to the top right corner.
You will see a Line appear. Make sure that this Line is straight. If you notice any kinks in the Line, adjust your movement up or down to straighten.
Continue moving and clicking until you have drawn a Rectangle.
Click on the first corner you started with to complete the shape.
Now you ask, why, if there is a Rectangle in Shapes, do you have to draw a Freeform Rectangle? Read on!
Once a Shape is selected, the Edit Shape Icon can be found in the Insert Shapes Group of the Format Tab.
Unlike Microsoft Word, in Microsoft Publisher if the Shape drawn is not Freeform, when the Edit Shape Icon is clicked, the drop down menu only allows for Editing Wrap Points.
However, when you select a Freeform Shape, like our Freeform Rectangle, and you go to the Edit Shape Menu, you'll see that Edit Points becomes available. This allows you to create a Custom Shape.
So go ahead and select Edit Points.
4 Black Square Points will appear at each corner of the Rectangle.
Move your cursor to the Center of the Line Segment at the bottom of the Rectangle. Your Cursor will change to a Plus Sign with a Black Point at its Center.
Once you think you've got the Center of the Line Segment, right click to reveal a menu. Select Add Point.
Move your cursor over the New Point, click and drag the mouse upward about 1/2 Inch, then release.
Note the difference in the Shape of the Rectangle.
Right click over this Point again and select Smooth Point from the pop up menu.
This creates a Curved Line Segment.
You'll notice that the Smooth Point now has 2 White Square Handles that can be moved upward or downward to change the Curve of the Line Segment.
Here's a look at the Left Handle being moved downward and the resulting shape change.