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Microsoft Word 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 Word 2013.
Christmas Toy Drive Flyer made with Microsoft Word 2013
Microsoft Word Christmas Toy Drive Flyer

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Steps


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

Step 01: Document Setup

After you've opened Microsoft Word 2013, you will see a huge display of available Templates. Select Blank Doucment.
Microsoft Word 2013 Welcome Templates
Microsoft Word 2013 Welcome Templates


Select the Page Layout Tab from the Ribbon above. From the Page Setup Group select Size.

Microsoft Word 2013 Page Setup Group Size Icon
Microsoft Word 2013 Page Setup Group Size Icon

Make sure that Letter is selected from the drop down menu that appears.

Microsoft Word 2013 Size Letter
Microsoft Word 2013 Size Letter

Microsoft Word 2013 Orientation Portrait
Microsoft Word 2013 Orientation Portrait
From the same Page Setup Group you can select Orientation and verify that Portrait is highlighted.

Next select Margins from the Page Setup Group and set to Narrow. This sets Top, Bottom, Left and Right Margins to 0.5 Inches each.

Microsoft Word 2013 Margins Narrow
Microsoft Word 2013 Margins Narrow

Now we are ready to work on the Christmas Toy Drive Flyer.



Step 02: Insert Shape

From the Ribbon select the Insert Tab. In the Illustrations Group, select Shapes.
Microsoft Word 2013 Illustrations Group Shapes
Microsoft Word 2013 Illustrations Group Shapes

From the drop down menu that appears you should select the Isosceles Triangle from either the Recently Used Shapes section of the Basic Shapes section.

Microsoft Word 2013 Shapes Triangle
Microsoft Word 2013 Shapes Triangle

Your pointer changes to a Plus Sign. Hold down your mouse button and drag to create a Triangle, don't worry about its Size just yet.

Microsoft Word 2013 Triangle
Microsoft Word 2013 Triangle

The Default Color of the Shape created is Blue.



Step 03: Set Object Size

Microsoft Word 2013 Size Group
Microsoft Word 2013 Size Group
To change the Size of the Shape, select it and in the Size Group of the Format Tab, set Height to 4.25 Inches and Width to 1.25 Inches.

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



Step 04: Create Duplicates

We need to have 12 of these Shapes. So let's make 11 Duplicates of the Original Shape. With the Triangle selected, while holding down the Ctrl Key on your keyboard, hit the D Key 11 Times to create 11 Duplicates.
Microsoft Word 2013 Duplicates
Microsoft Word 2013 Duplicates

The Duplicates will be placed above the Original Shape.



Step 05: Rotate Shapes

We need to Rotate each Triangle so that the Tops are at the Center of the Flyer. Select the Top Duplicate. On the Format Tab select the Rotate Icon from the Arrange Group.
Microsoft Word 2013 Arrange Group Rotate
Microsoft Word 2013 Arrange Group Rotate

Then click Rotate Right 90 Degrees from the Rotate Menu that appears.

Microsoft Word 2013 Rotate Right 90 Degrees
Microsoft Word 2013 Rotate Right 90 Degrees

Your Rotated Triangle should look like this.

Microsoft Word 2013 Rotated Triangle
Microsoft Word 2013 Rotated Triangle

Move your Rotated Triangle to the Left Border of the Page.

Select a Second Duplicate, this time Rotating Left 90 Degrees.

Microsoft Word 2013 Rotate Left 90 Degrees
Microsoft Word 2013 Rotate Left 90 Degrees

You'll know that you have Centered the Shapes on the Flyer when a Green Guide appears. So to take the guess work out of this, how about we line up these 2 Triangles using the Guides.

Microsoft Word 2013 Rotated Triangles Center Guide
Microsoft Word 2013 Rotated Triangles Center Guide

Select the 3rd Duplicate. This time, select Flip Vertical from the Rotate Menu.

Microsoft Word 2013 Rotate Flip Vertical
Microsoft Word 2013 Rotate Flip Vertical


Move the Rotated Triangle to the Top Center of the Page, using the Guides.

Since the 4th Duplicate is already in the position that we want it, just move it to the Bottom Center of the Page using the Guides.

Select the 5th Duplicate. You'll see the Rotation Handle above the selected Shape. Move your cursor over this Handle and it will change to a Black Rotation Arrow.

Hold down you mouse button and drag to the left or right to Free Rotate the Shape. Drag the Rotated Shape to meet one of the Page's Borders. Repeat this process for the other Duplicates.

If a Shape isn't lined up the way that you would like, simply Rotate it some more.

You can see that both Bottom Corners of the Shapes are not touching the Borders. We will work to fix this in the next step.

Microsoft Word 2013 Rotated Shapes
Microsoft Word 2013 Rotated Shapes

When you have finised Rotating you should have all your Shapes laid out on the Page in a Circular fashion.

Microsoft Word 2013 Rotated Shapes Circular Pattern
Microsoft Word 2013 Rotated Shapes Circular Pattern