Create Amazing Flyers As You Learn Graphic Design



Step 07: Flip Object Vertically

Going back to the Format Tab, select Rotate from the Arrange Group.
Microsoft Word 2010 Arrange Group Rotate Icon
Microsoft Word 2010 Arrange Group Rotate Icon

This opens a drop down menu with options for Rotation.

Microsoft Word 2010 Rotate Flip Vertical
Microsoft Word 2010
Rotate Flip Vertical

Select Flip Vertical.

The Duplicate becomes Flipped Vertically or Upside Down.

Microsoft Word 2010 Flipped Shape
Microsoft Word 2010 Flipped Shape

Drag it to the bottom of the page.

Microsoft Word 2010 Contrast Shape Size
Microsoft Word 2010 Contrast Shape Size

OK, so now with two identical shapes on the page, we want to Decrease the Size of the bottom shape, so that there is some contrast between the two shapes.

In the Size Group, set its Height to 2.75 Inches.



Step 08: Format Shape Fill

Select the Top Shape. The Format Tab will become visible.

From the Shape Styles Group, select the Shape Fill Icon.

Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Styles Group Shape Fill
Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Styles Group Shape Fill

This opens a drop down menu with options for Color, Picture, Gradient and Texture Fills.

Select Blue from the Standard Colors section of the menu.

Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Fill Color Menu
Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Fill Color Menu

Selecting the bottom shape, set its Fill Color to Light Green which is also in Standard Colors.

Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Fill Colors
Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Fill Colors


Step 09: Format Shape Outline

This step is almost the same as the previous one, only you would select Shape Outline instead.
Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Styles Group Shape Outline
Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Styles Group Shape Outline

Give each shape the same Outline Color as their Fill.

Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Outline Color Menu
Microsoft Word 2010
Shape Outline Color Menu

And now, both Shapes have new Oultine Colors.

Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Outline Colors
Microsoft Word 2010 Shape Outline Colors

So one layer of the flyer is complete.

Next we'll move on to the Images.





Step 11: 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. This 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.

Then go to the Text Group and select the Text Box Icon.

Microsoft Word 2010 Text Group Text Box Icon
Microsoft Word 2010 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.

At the bottom of the Built-In Window, select Draw Text Box.

Microsoft Word 2010 Text Box Options
Microsoft Word 2010 Text Box Options

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 2010 Text Box
Microsoft Word 2010 Text Box

The Ribbon will also change to the Format Tab.

There you can set the Text Box Size to a Height of 7.5 Inches and Width of 6 Inches.



Step 12: Insert Image

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 2010 Illustrations Group Picture
Microsoft Word 2010 Illustrations Group Picture

This will open the Insert Picture Window.

Microsoft Word 2010 Insert Picture Window
Microsoft Word 2010 Insert Picture Window

Locate your file and click the Insert button at the bottom of the window.

The Image will be placed inside the Text Box.

Microsoft Word 2010 Small Image
Microsoft Word 2010 Small Image

You'll see that the Image is quite small and there is also a Picture Tools Format Tab.

Microsoft Word 2010 Picture Size Group
Microsoft Word 2010 Picture Size Group

In the Size Group set Height to 6.5 Inches and Width to 5.94 Inches.

And now you have a much larger Image to work with.

Microsoft Word 2010 Larger Image
Microsoft Word 2010 Larger Image



Step 13: Text Box Transparency

The Black Outline of the Text Box shows around the Image. Let's get rid of this by first selecting the Text Box and setting the Shape Outline to No Outline.
Microsoft Word 2010 No Shape Outline
Microsoft Word 2010
No Shape Outline

Microsoft Word 2010 Text Box with No Outline
Microsoft Word 2010 Text Box with No Outline

Next set the Shape Fill to No Fill.

Microsoft Word 2010 No Shape Fill
Microsoft Word 2010 No Shape Fill

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.

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

Microsoft Word 2010 Selected Image Border
Microsoft Word 2010 Selected Image Border

The Text Box Border has Dashes while the Image Border is a Solid Line.

Microsoft Word 2010 Selected Text Box Border
Microsoft Word 2010 Selected Text Box Border

Now have a look at the Transparent Text Box with Image.

Microsoft Word 2010 Transparent Text Box with Image
Microsoft Word 2010 Transparent Text Box with Image