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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.
Microsoft Publisher Easter Egg Hunt Flyer
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Steps


01: Publication Types
02: Margins
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

Step 01: Publication Types

Upon opening Microsoft Publisher 2010, you will see a listing of Available Templates.
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Blank Templates
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Blank 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.



Step 02: Margins

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Page Setup Group Margins
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Page Setup Group Margins
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.

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Narrow Margins
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Narrow Margins

So we'll be keeping all essential parts of the Design within these Margins.



Step 03: Insert Freeform Shape

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Zoom Level
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Zoom Level
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.

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Objects Group Shapes
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Objects Group Shapes
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.

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Shapes Menu Freeform
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Shapes Menu Freeform

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.

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Kinks in Line
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Kinks in Line

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.

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Freeform Rectangle
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Freeform Rectangle

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!



Step 04: Edit Shape

Once a Shape is selected, the Edit Shape Icon can be found in the Insert Shapes Group of the Format Tab.
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Insert Shapes Group Edit Shape
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Insert Shapes Group Edit Shape

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Edit Shape Wrap Points
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Edit Shape Wrap Point
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.

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Edit Shape Points
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Edit Shape 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.

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Rectangle with Points
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Rectangle with Points



Step 05: Add Point

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Plus Sign Cursor
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Plus Sign Cursor
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.

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Add Point
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Add Point
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.

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Drag Point
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Drag Point

Note the difference in the Shape of the Rectangle.

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Rectangle Edit Shape
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Rectangle Edit Shape


Step 06: Smooth Point

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Smooth Point
Microsoft Publisher 2010
Smooth Point
Right click over this Point again and select Smooth Point from the pop up menu.

This creates a Curved Line Segment.

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Curved Line Segment
Microsoft Publisher 2010 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.

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Move Smooth Point Handle
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Move Smooth Point Handle