Create Amazing Flyers As You Learn Graphic Design



Step 21: Insert Text Box

In Adobe Illustrator, OpenOffice Draw, Inkscape, Corel Draw and Microsoft Publisher, you are able to freely move an Image anywhere on the canvas.

(I wish the Microsoft Office Team would add this feature to Microsoft Word, it would make things much easier and more efficient.) However, it is also possible in Microsoft Word as long as you first place the Image within a Text Box.

To Insert a Text Box, go back to the Ribbon and select the Insert Tab.

From the Text Group, select the Text Box Icon.
Microsoft Word 2013 Text Group Text Box Icon
Microsoft Word 2013 Text Group Text Box Icon

I have not gone into much detail about the Built-In-Window here. To find out more about using Text Boxes, visit the Microsoft Word How To Section. The Built In drop down menu appears. Select Draw Text Box from the bottom of this menu.

Microsoft Word 2013 Draw Text Box
Microsoft Word 2013 Draw Text Box

Your Cursor will change to an X. While holding down your mouse button, drag and draw a Text Box on the Flyer.

The Text Box will have 8 Handles around it for Resizing.

Microsoft Word 2013 Text Box
Microsoft Word 2013 Text Box

The Ribbon will also change to the Format Tab.



Step 22: Insert Images

When the Text Box is active you will see a Flashing Cursor.

On the Insert Tab go to the Illustrations Group and select Picture.

Microsoft Word 2013 Illustrations Group Pictures
Microsoft Word 2013 Illustrations Group Pictures

This will open the Insert Picture Window. Locate your Image, select it, then click the Insert Button at the bottom of the Window.

Microsoft Word 2013 Insert Picture Window
Microsoft Word 2013 Insert Picture Window
Microsoft Word 2013 Inserted Image
Microsoft Word 2013 Inserted Image
The Image will be placed inside of the Text Box.

You'll notice that the Picture Tools Format Tab has appeared. Repeat this step to insert the remaining Images.


Step 23: Text Box Transparency

The Black Outline of the Text Box shows around the Image. Set the Shape Outline to No Outline. Next set the Shape Fill to No Fill.

Microsoft Word 2013 Spiral Christmas Tree
Microsoft Word 2013 Spiral Christmas Tree
The Text Box is still there but you can now see the Background through it.

Remember to move this Image, you will have to select its Invisible Border and not the Image itself. If by chance you select the Image and drag it, it will be pulled outside of the Text Box, causing quite a few problems.

Microsoft Word 2013 Quick Access Toolbar Undo Icon
Microsoft Word 2013 Quick Access Toolbar Undo Icon
Simply hit your Ctrl and Z Keys together to Undo this action or you can click Undo Icon from the Quick Access Toolbar located in the top left corner of the Program.

You can tell if you have the correct box selected by its Border.

Microsoft Word 2013 Text Box Border
Microsoft Word 2013 Text Box Border
The Text Box Border has Dashes, while the Image Border is a Solid Line.

Microsoft Word 2013 Image Border
Microsoft Word 2013 Image Border
Now you can make this change to all the other newly created Text Boxes.


Step 24: Resize & Arrange Images

Place the Presents under the Christmas Tree. You can Resize them by selecting the Shift Key and holding the Cursor over any of the Corner Resizing Handles while dragging the mouse.

This helps keep your Image proportional so that it maintains its Original appearance and doesnt appear distorted or stretched.

You can make a couple Duplicates if you'd like. Clearly we need to arrange the placement of these Images.

Microsoft Word 2013 Images Need Arranging
Microsoft Word 2013 Images Need Arranging

Use the Send Backward and Bring Forward Icons to achieve depth.

Microsoft Word 2013 Arranged Images
Microsoft Word 2013 Arranged Images

We won't touch the Snowflake just yet, since we need to add the Title first, thus sticking with the 10 Basic Flyer Design Principles.

Adding the Title will make it easier to see where to add each Snowflake.



Step 25: Free Fonts

3 Fonts were used for the Christmas Toy Drive Flyer.

The "Christmas Toy Drive" Font is called Junebug. It can be downloaded from FontSquirrel.com and is designed by Pizza Dude.

Junebug Font
Junebug Font

The "Nov 1st" Font is called JungleFever. It can be downloaded from FontSquirrel.com and is designed by Nick's Fonts.

JungleFever Font
JungleFever Font

The "Other" Font is called Days. It can be downloaded from FontSquirrel.com and is designed by Alexander Kalachev.

Days Font
Days Font

To successfully complete this Christmas Toy Drive Flyer Tutorial, you will have to download the Free Font.

For more information on Fonts you can view the following FlyerTutor Blog Posts:
Where Can You Download Free Fonts?
Unzip Files & Install Fonts on Windows Vista.



Step 26: Insert Text

Insert a Text Box, then type part of the Flyer Title, "Christmas". The Text will be very small.
Microsoft Word 2013 Inserted Text
Microsoft Word 2013 Inserted Text

Double click over it to select it. A Mini Toolbar will appear above the Text Box.

Microsoft Word 2013 Mini Toolbar
Microsoft Word 2013 Mini Toolbar

Click the down arrow on the right side of the Font.

Microsoft Word 2013 Selected Font
Microsoft Word 2013 Selected Font

Select the Junebug Font. Next to the Font Box is Font Size. Type in 65 and hit your Enter Key.

Microsoft Word 2013 Formatted Text
Microsoft Word 2013 Formatted Text

Remember to make the Text Box Transparent.

Microsoft Word 2013 Formatted Text & Transparent Text Box
Microsoft Word 2013 Formatted Text & Transparent Text Box


Step 27: Text Fill & Outline

Select the 1st Letter 'C' and in the WordArt Styles Group of the Format Tab select Text Fill.
Microsoft Word 2013 Wordart Styles Group Text Fill
Microsoft Word 2013 Wordart Styles Group Text Fill

Select Red from the Color Menu.

Microsoft Word 2013 Text Fill Color
Microsoft Word 2013 Text Fill Color

Next select the rest of the Letters and set their Fill Color to White.

Microsoft Word 2013 White Outlined Text
Microsoft Word 2013 White Outlined Text

Of course it will be hard to make out this Text because of the White in the Flyer Background. We'll fix this in the next step.



Step 28: Text Effects - Shadow

Adding a Visual Effect like a Shadow will make the Text pop.

Select all the Text and click the Text Effects Icon in the WordArt Styles Group.

Microsoft Word 2013 Wordart Styles Group Text Effects Icon
Microsoft Word 2013 Wordart Styles Group Text Effects Icon

Then select Shadow > Offset Diagonal Bottom Right.

Microsoft Word 2013 Text Effects Shadow
Microsoft Word 2013 Text Effects Shadow

The Shadow clearly does not make the Text stand out as much as it should.

Microsoft Word 2013 Text with Gray Shadow
Microsoft Word 2013 Text with Gray Shadow

Adjust the Shadow Transparency by going to Text Effects > Shadow > Shadow Options.

Microsoft Word 2013 Text Effects Shadow Options
Microsoft Word 2013 Text Effects Shadow Options

This opens the Format Shape Pane.

Microsoft Word 2013 Format Shape Pane Transparency
Microsoft Word 2013 Format Shape Pane Transparency

Here you will set Transparency to 0%. Now the Text is easier to see.

Microsoft Word 2013 Text Shadow No Transparency
Microsoft Word 2013 Text Shadow No Transparency

Select just the 'C' and give it a White Outline, setting its Weight to 3 pt.

Microsoft Word 2013 Text Outline Weight
Microsoft Word 2013 Text Outline Weight

Next add the words 'Toy Drive', setting the Font to JungleFever, Font Size 75. Set the Fill to Red for one word and Green for the other.

Add a White Outline each, with a Weight of 3 pt. Add the same Shadow to both words.

Microsoft Word 2013 Text Fill Outline Colors
Microsoft Word 2013 Text Fill Outline Colors


Step 29: Line Spacing & Alignment

There is quite a bit of space between these two words. To fix this, we'll adjust the Line Spacing. On the Home Tab, select the Line Spacing Icon from the Paragraph Group.
Microsoft Word 2013 Paragraph Group Line Spacing Icon
Microsoft Word 2013 Paragraph Group Line Spacing Icon

Select Line Spacing Options from the drop down menu that appears.

Microsoft Word 2013 Line Spacing Options
Microsoft Word 2013 Line Spacing Options

This opens the Paragraph Window.

Microsoft Word 2013 Paragraph Window
Microsoft Word 2013 Paragraph Window

In the Spacing section, set After to 0pt. For Line Spacing select the down arrow and choose Multiple from the list. Set At to 0.75. Then click OK to see the change.

Microsoft Word 2013 Adjusted Line Spacing
Microsoft Word 2013 Adjusted Line Spacing

With the Text still selected, click the Align Right Icon from the Paragraph Group.

Microsoft Word 2013 Paragraph Group Align Right
Microsoft Word 2013 Paragraph Group Align Right

Now we can add the remaining Text to the Flyer before having some fun with Snowflakes.

Microsoft Word 2013 Title and Background
Microsoft Word 2013 Title and Background


Step 30: Add Remaining Text

The 'Date' Text is set to Size 48 and again the Font is JungleFever.

Set the Fill and Outline Colors and give the Text a Shadow for visual effect.

Microsoft Word 2013 Date Text
Microsoft Word 2013 Date Text

Create a New Text Box for the 'Toy's' Text setting the Font to Days and Font Size 26.

Move the Text Box so that the Text is Centered under the 'Date' Text.

Microsoft Word 2013 Text Days Font
Microsoft Word 2013 Text Days Font

The last set of Text Boxes use the Days Font with Font Sizes 14 and 16.

Some of the Text is Centered.

Microsoft Word 2013 All Text
Microsoft Word 2013 All Text

Now to the final touches.



Step 31: Recolor Image

Microsoft Word 2013 Inserted Snowflake Image
Microsoft Word 2013 Inserted Snowflake Image
Go ahead and insert the Snowflake Image into your Transparent Text Box. Set both the Height and Width of the Snowflake to 0.5 Inches.

Place the Snowflake on one of the Green Background pieces. You'll notice the Image is slightly Blue. Let's change this by Recoloring the Image.

Click the Color Icon from the Adjust Group of the Picture Tools Format Tab.

Microsoft Word 2013 Adjust Group Color Icon
Microsoft Word 2013 Adjust Group Color Icon

This opens a drop down menu from which you should select Washout from the Recolor section (4th Icon).

Microsoft Word 2013 Color Washout
Microsoft Word 2013 Color Washout

Microsoft Word 2013 Recolored Snowflake
Microsoft Word 2013 Recolored Snowflake
The Snowflake will become White and be easier to see on the Colored Background.

Now create a few Duplicates and place in different places on the Green Strips and a couple Yellow Strips. You should also vary the Size of the Duplicates to create a nice contrast.

Microsoft Word 2013 Snowflakes
Microsoft Word 2013 Snowflakes

At the bottom Red Area of the Flyer, add some White Ovals of varying sizes to represent Snow.

Microsoft Word 2013 Snow
Microsoft Word 2013 Snow


Step 32: Save File

Now, can you believe it?

You've actually created this complicated Christmas Toy Drive Flyer using Microsoft Publisher 2013.

Microsoft Word 2013 Christmas Toy Drive Flyer
Microsoft Word 2013 Christmas Toy Drive Flyer

Microsoft Word 2013 Christmas Toy Drive Flyer
Microsoft Word 2013 Christmas Toy Drive Flyer
All that's left to do is Save the File. From the Quick Access Toolbar located above the Ribbon, select the Save As Icon.

This opens the Save As Window.

Microsoft Word 2013 Christmas Toy Drive Flyer
Microsoft Word 2013 Christmas Toy Drive Flyer
Choose where you wish to Save your File. You have the option to Save to OneDrive (Microsoft Cloud Storage), your Computer, or Add a Location on the Cloud.

To Save to your Computer, select Computer > Browse. You are then taken to another Save As Window.
Microsoft Word 2013 Christmas Toy Drive Flyer
Microsoft Word 2013 Christmas Toy Drive Flyer

Once you've located the area where you wish to save your file, give it a Name and click Save.

If you are new to Microsoft Word 2013, I hope this tutorial shed some light on some of the many functions of the Microsoft Word 2013 Interface.

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