Create Amazing Flyers As You Learn Graphic Design



Step 06: Edit Shape Points

Select one of the Shapes that has a Corner that is not touching the Page Border. On the same Format Tab, click on the Edit Shape Icon from the Insert Shapes Group.
Microsoft Word 2013 Insert Shapes Group Edit Shape Icon
Microsoft Word 2013 Insert Shapes Group Edit Shape Icon

Microsoft Word 2013 Edit Shape Points
Microsoft Word 2013 Edit Shape Points
Select Edit Points from the drop down menu.

Microsoft Word 2013 Black Nodes/Points
Microsoft Word 2013 Black Nodes/Points
3 tiny Black Nodes/Points appear at the Corners of the Triangle.

Move your cursor over the Point that needs to be lined up with the Border. The Cursor will change to a 4 Point Arrow. Holding down your mouse button, slowly drag this Point to the Page Border. This is the resulting Shape.

Microsoft Word 2013 Edited Points
Microsoft Word 2013 Edited Points

Note that is you click on any area outside of the Triangle, the Nodes will disappear and you will have to repeat the Edit Shape Edit Points Menu again.

Repeat this step for all Shapes whose Bottom Points do not touch the Page Border.

Make sure that the Blue Guide that appears lines up with the Original Line that you are editing, or you will inadvertently change the Shape's Proportions.

Microsoft Word 2013 Blue Red Guide Misaligned
Microsoft Word 2013 Blue Red Guide Misaligned

The Blue Guide should continue to be in line with the Red Guide.

Microsoft Word 2013 Blue Red Guide Inline
Microsoft Word 2013 Blue Red Guide Inline

Now you should have perfectly edited Shapes.

Microsoft Word 2013 Edited Shapes
Microsoft Word 2013 Edited Shapes


Step 07: Format Shape Outline

Since we can't drag to select Objects in Microsoft Word, while holding down your Shift or Ctrl Key, select each Shape, one at a time, until you've selected them all.
Microsoft Word 2013 Selected Shapes
Microsoft Word 2013 Selected Shapes

In the Format Tab, select the Shape Outline Icon from the Shape Styles Group.

Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Styles Group Outline
Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Styles Group Outline

Microsoft Word 2013 No Shape Outline
Microsoft Word 2013 No Shape Outline
From the Color Menu that appears, select No Outline.

The Shapes with No Outline should now look like these.

Microsoft Word 2013 Shapes with No Outlines
Microsoft Word 2013 Shapes with No Outlines


Step 08: Gradient Shape Fill

Select the Top 3 Shapes and on the Format Tab select the Shape Fill Icon from the Shape Styles Group.
Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Styles Group Fill
Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Styles Group Fill

From the Shape Fill Menu select Gradient > More Gradients.

Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Fill More Gradients
Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Fill More Gradients

This opens the Format Shape Task Pane to the right of the window.

Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Task Pane
Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Task Pane

Select Gradient Fill. This makes visible many options to set your Gradient below.

Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Task Pane Gradient Options
Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Task Pane Gradient Options

You'll notice that the Selected Shapes now each have a Gradient Fill, as there was a Preset Gradient. At the Gradient Stops you will see 4 different Colors.

Microsoft Word 2013 Preset Gradient
Microsoft Word 2013 Preset Gradient



Stop 1 on the left has an Orange Color around it, to let you know that this is the Active Stop - the Stop that will be affected by any changes you decide to make.

Microsoft Word 2013 Gradient Stops
Microsoft Word 2013 Gradient Stops


Step 09: Remove Gradient Stops

Microsoft Word 2013 Add Remove Gradient Stops
Microsoft Word 2013 Add Remove Gradient Stops
Select the 3rd Gradient Stop. To the right you will see 2 Icons.

The Add Gradient Stop Icon (with the Green Plus Sign) and the Remove Gradient Stop Icon (with the Red X).

Select Remove Gradient Stop.

Microsoft Word 2013 3 Gradient Stops
Microsoft Word 2013 3 Gradients Stops
Now we have 3 Gradient Stops to create our 3 Color Gradient.


Step 10: Three Color Gradient

Since there was a Preset Gradient, the Color of the 1st Stop will be kept as White. Select the 2nd Stop. Right below it you will see Color. Click the Color Icon to reveal a Color Menu.
Microsoft Word 2013 Gradient Stop Color Olive
Microsoft Word 2013 Gradient Stop Color Olive

Select Olive Green, Accent 3. Notice the immediate change to the Gradient.

Microsoft Word 2013 Gradient Olive
Microsoft Word 2013 Gradient Olive

However, due to the location of the 2nd Gradient Stop, the Olive Color is taking up way too much space in the Gradient.

Microsoft Word 2013 Olive Gradient Stop
Microsoft Word 2013 Olive Gradient Stop
We can remedy this by dragging the Stop to about 60% along the Gradient.

Microsoft Word 2013 Gradient Stop Position
Microsoft Word 2013 Gradient Stop Position
You will know the exact position of the Stop as you move it because the Percentage of the Position Bar also moves. You can also just type in a number in this box and see the change.

Here is how this change affects the Gradient.

Microsoft Word 2013 Gradient Stop Position Change
Microsoft Word 2013 Gradient Stop Position Change

Microsoft Word 2013 Dark Olive Green
Microsoft Word 2013 Dark Olive Green
Next, select the 3rd Stop, and set its Color to Olive Green, Accent 3, Darker 50%.

Here is the 3 Color Gradient.

Microsoft Word 2013 3 Color Gradient Green
Microsoft Word 2013 3 Color Gradient Green


Step 11: Gradient Variation - Linear Up

Select the 3 Shapes at the bottom of the Flyer. Again on the Format Tab, select the Shape Fill Icon from the Shape Styles Group, then Gradient.

From the pop out Gradient Menu select the Linear Up Icon.

Microsoft Word 2013 Gradient Linear Up
Microsoft Word 2013 Gradient Linear Up

See the Direction of the Gradient goes towards the Center of the Flyer.

Microsoft Word 2013 Linear Up Gradient Direction
Microsoft Word 2013 Linear Up Gradient Direction

Next set the Red Color for the Gradient Stops, by selecting More Gradients from the bottom of the Gradient Menu.

Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Fill More Gradients
Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Fill More Gradients

Set the 1st Stop to Dark Red, 2nd Stop to Red and the 3rd Stop to White.

Microsoft Word 2013 Red Gradient Stops
Microsoft Word 2013 Red Gradient Stops

Here is the result applied to the Shapes.

Microsoft Word 2013 Shapes with Red Gradient
Microsoft Word 2013 Shapes With Red Gradient

Microsoft Word 2013 Standard Color Orange
Microsoft Word 2013 Standard Color Orange
Select the 3 remaining Blue Shapes on the Left of the Flyer. On the right side of the Window is the Format Shape Window.

Select Gradient Fill, the last Gradient that we used will be activated. Set the Stop Colors to variations of Yellow, and White. The 1st Stop is set to Orange from the Standard Colors section.

Microsoft Word 2013 Gradient Stops Orange Yellow
Microsoft Word 2013 Gradient Stops Orange Yellow
The 2nd Stop is set to Yellow and the 3rd Stop is set to White.

Then select the remaining 3 Blue Shapes on the right side of the Flyer. Again set the Gradient Stops with variations of Yellow and White.

Now you have completed the first layer of the background for this Christmas Toy Drive Flyer.

Microsoft Word 2013 Multicolor Gradients
Microsoft Word 2013 Multicolor Gradients


Step 12: Insert Oval

Microsoft Word 2013 Insert Shapes Oval
Microsoft Word 2013 Insert Shapes Oval
Going back to the Insert Shapes Menu, select the Oval from the Recently Used Shapes Section or the Basic Shapes Section.

Draw an Oval on the Flyer. Then change its Height and Width to 4.8 Inches. Center the Oval on the Flyer.

Microsoft Word 2013 Inserted Oval
Microsoft Word 2013 Inserted Oval

Set the Oval's Fill Color to White. Set the Oval's Outline to the Orange Color we used for the Yellow Gradient.

Here is the addition to the Flyer.

Microsoft Word 2013 White Oval Background
Microsoft Word 2013 White Oval Background


Step 13: Set Outline Weight

Let's make the Outline on this Oval thicker, with the Oval selected, go back to the Shape Outline Menu and select Weight > 4 1/2 pt.
Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Outline Weight
Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Outline Weight

Now you'll see that the Outline is a bit more pronounced and stands out from the background.

Microsoft Word 2013 Outline Weight
Microsoft Word 2013 Outline Weight