Create Amazing Flyers As You Learn Graphic Design



Step 14: Insert Curve

Microsoft Word 2013 Insert Shapes Curve
Microsoft Word 2013 Insert Shapes Curve
Next let's create some Spirals. From the Shapes Menu select Curve from the Recently Used Shapes Section or the Line Section.

Microsoft Word 2013 Curve Small Line
Microsoft Word 2013 Curve Small Line
Click in a clear area in the center of the Flyer to begin the Curve. Move your cursor either to the left or right. You will see a Small Blue Line.

Microsoft Word 2013 Line Curves
Microsoft Word 2013 Line Curves
Continue moving in the direction that you will be curving your Spiral, clicking and turning as you go. You will notice that the Line starts to Curve.

Microsoft Word 2013 Curve Spiral
Microsoft Word 2013 Curve Spiral
Once you've created what you believe is a good enough Spiral, Double Click to release the Shape.

Microsoft Word 2013 Spiral Edit Points
Microsoft Word 2013 Spiral Edit Points
It is by no means the perfect Spiral that you create in programs like Inkscape, Illustrator and Corel Draw. However, if you'd like to tweak your Spiral, you can use Edit Shape > Edit Points.

Once we are sure of the Shape that we are going to move forward with in this design, we can set both its Height and Width to 0.5 Inches each.



Step 15: Free Rotate Shape

Microsoft Word 2013 Rotation Arrow
Microsoft Word 2013 Rotation Arrow
Now we need to Rotate this Spiral a bit. Once the Spiral is selected you will see the Rotation Arrow above it.

Move your cursor over this Arrow, and when it changes to a Black Rotation Arrow, hold down your left mouse button and move it to the left or right, stopping when the end of the Spiral is facing upward.


Step 16: Shape Effects Glow

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

From the Shape Efects drop down menu select Glow > More Glow Colors > More Colors.

Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Effects Glow More Colors
Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Effects Glow More Colors

This opens the Colors Window.

Microsoft Word 2013 Colors Window
Microsoft Word 2013 Colors Window

Select one of the Darker Green Colors, making sure that Transparency is set to 0%, and click OK.

Microsoft Word 2013 Spiral Green Glow
Microsoft Word 2013 Spiral Green Glow
Here's the Spiral now with its Green Glow applied. Well the Green and the Blue don't go together so let's change that. With this color combination the Spiral doesn't look so great. So set the Shape's Outline to White.

Microsoft Word 2013 Spiral Green Glow White Outline
Microsoft Word 2013 Spiral Green Glow White Outline
Now with the White Outline applied, the Spiral appears more distinctive.

Next create some Duplicates of the Sprial and start lining them up so that they 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 and have fun.

Microsoft Word 2013 Spiral Christmas Tree
Microsoft Word 2013 Spiral Christmas Tree

Free Rotate some of them. You can even Flip them. On the Rotate Menu, select Flip Vertical or Flip Horizontal.



Step 17: Glow Variation

Let's add another Shape to the Christmas Tree - an Oval. While drawing your Oval hold down the Shift Key to keep the proportions equal.

Microsoft Word 2013 Oval
Microsoft Word 2013 Oval
Set its Height and Width to 0.12 Inches. Set its Fill to Orange and the Outline to White.

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

Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Effects Glow Options
Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Effects Glow Options

This opens the Format Shape Pane on the right side of the screen. Set the Glow Color to White, Size to 5 pt and Transparency to 20%.

Microsoft Word 2013 Glow Color Size Transparency
Microsoft Word 2013 Glow Color Size Transparency

Microsoft Word 2013 Oval with White Glow
Microsoft Word 2013 Oval with White Glow
The tiny Oval is now highlighted with a White Glow.

Apply Duplicates of this Oval on the Christmas Tree, changing only the Fill Color for variety.

Microsoft Word 2013 Spiral Christmas Tree
Microsoft Word 2013 Spiral Christmas Tree

Now you've created your very own Custom Christmas Tree. Let's add the Star on top.



Step 18: Insert 5 Point Star

Select the 5-Point Star from the Stars and Banners section of the Shapes menu.
Microsoft Word 2013 Stars Banners 5 Point Star
Microsoft Word 2013 Stars Banners 5 Point Star

Microsoft Word 2013 5 Point Star
Microsoft Word 2013 5 Point Star
Drag and draw the Star on the Flyer. Set its Height to 0.65 Inches and its Width to 0.7 Inches.

Microsoft Word 2013 Orange Star
Microsoft Word 2013 Orange Star
Set its Fill Color to Orange and its Outline to White.

Microsoft Word 2013 5 Point Star Duplicate
Microsoft Word 2013 5 Point Star Duplicate
Create 1 Duplicate of this Star and set its Dimensions to Height 1.05 Inches and its Width to 1.15 Inches.


Step 19: Arrange - Send Backward

We need to place the newly created Duplicate Star behind the Original. To do so, in the Format Tab select the Send Backward Icon from the Arrange Group.
Microsoft Word 2013 Arrange Group Send Backward
Microsoft Word 2013 Arrange Group Send Backward

Microsoft Word 2013 Arrange Star Send Backward
Microsoft Word 2013 Arrange Star Send Backward
This will send the Duplicate Star back one level. Drag the Duplicate behind the Original Star.

Microsoft Word 2013 Star with White Transparent Glow
Microsoft Word 2013 Star with White Transparent Glow
Select the Larger Star and give it a 10 pt, 5% Transparency, White Glow. Make sure that your Stars have been moved above the Christmas Tree.

Shift Click (hold down the Shift Key while you Click) and select both Stars.

Next go back to the Arrange Group and select the Group Icon.

Microsoft Word 2013 Arrange Group Icon
Microsoft Word 2013 Arrange Group Icon

Microsoft Word 2013 Group
Microsoft Word 2013 Group
From the drop down menu that appears select Group to join these 2 Objects together, making them easier to move. Rotate the Star slightly.

Microsoft Word 2013 Send to Back
Microsoft Word 2013 Send to Back
In the Arrange Group click the down arow on the Right Side of the Send Backward Icon. From the drop down menu, select Send to Back.

This will send the Object behind all the other Objects on the page.

Microsoft Word 2013 Sent Behind All Objects
Microsoft Word 2013 Sent Behind All Objects

Next click the Bring Forward Icon slowly until the Star is brought above the Green Gradient Filled Triangle but below the Christmas Tree.

Microsoft Word 2013 Arrange Group Bring Forward
Microsoft Word 2013 Arrange Group Bring Forward

Microsoft Word 2013 Star Behind Christmas Tree
Microsoft Word 2013 Star Behind Christmas Tree
Now that the Christmas Tree is complete we can add some Christmas Presents.