Create Amazing Flyers As You Learn Graphic Design



Step 06: Outline Weight

Draw another Rectangle. Set its Height to 11 Inches and its Width to 8.5 Inches. Line it up so that it completely covers the Flyer.

Set the Shape Fill to No Fill and the Shape Outline to White.

Microsoft Word 2013 No Shape Fill
Microsoft Word 2013 No Shape Fill

Go back to Shape Outline and select Weight > More Lines.

Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Outline Weight More Lines
Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Outline Weight More Lines

This will open the Format Shape Pane on the right side of the Window. Set Width to 25 pt.

Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Pane Line Width
Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Pane Line Width

The change will be immediately made to the Rectangle. Only Half of the Width of the Outline will appear on the Flyer.

Microsoft Word 2013 Half Width Outline
Microsoft Word 2013 Half Width Outline

Go back to the Size Group and change the Size of this Rectangle to Height 10.62 Inches and Width 8.1 Inches.

(These settings could have been given previously, however, you get to see that sometimes minor adjustments are necessary in Graphic Design).

Microsoft Word 2013 White Outline
Microsoft Word 2013 White Outline


Step 07: Transparent Outline

With the Outline selected, from the Shape Outline Menu, select More Outline Colors.
Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Outline More Colors
Microsoft Word 2013 Shape Outline More Colors

This opens the Colors Window. Whether you have the Standard or Custom Tab active, you will set Transparency to 75% and click OK.

Microsoft Word 2013 Colors Window Transparency
Microsoft Word 2013 Colors Window Transparency

Here is the Transparent Border.

Microsoft Word 2013 Transparent White Border
Microsoft Word 2013 Transparent White Border




Step 09: 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 Built In Window Draw Text Box
Microsoft Word 2013 Built in Window 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 10: Insert Image

From the Insert Tab, select the Pictures Icon from the Illustrations Group.
Microsoft Word 2013 Illustrations Group Pictures Icon
Microsoft Word 2013 Illustrations Group Pictures Icon

This will open the Insert Picture Window.

Microsoft Word 2013 Insert Picture Window
Microsoft Word 2013 Insert Picture Window

Browse to where you have saved the Decorative Flower, select it and click the Insert button at the bottom of the Window.

Microsoft Word 2013 Inserted Image
Microsoft Word 2013 Inserted Image
The Image will appear with 8 Handles for Resizing. The Picture Tools Format Tab also appears.

In the Size Group set Height to 2.15 Inches and Width to 2.41 Inches.


Step 11: 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 Transparent Text Box
Microsoft Word 2013 Transparent Text Box
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


Step 12: Duplicate Image

Now we need to create a few Duplicates of this Decorative Flower. Select the Text Box and hit your Ctrl and D Keys together. Do this Twice, so that you'll create 2 Duplicates.
Microsoft Word 2013 Duplicate Above Original
Microsoft Word 2013 Duplicate Above Original
The Duplicates will be placed above the Original. Move the Images into position on the Flyer.

Creating another Duplicate, Resize this Image to Height 1.6 Inches and Width 1.79 Inches.

Microsoft Word 2013 Duplicate Flowers
Microsoft Word 2013 Duplicate Flowers

Create 2 Duplicates of this smaller Flower and place on the Flyer.

Microsoft Word 2013 Decorative Black Flowers
Microsoft Word 2013 Decorative Black Flowers

Create 1 last Duplicate - setting its Height to 2.4 Inches and Width 2.69 Inches. Place it on the left side of the Flyer.

Microsoft Word 2013 Flower Background
Microsoft Word 2013 Flower Background